But in Wednesday's session, the text chat was a separate discussion that did not riff off of the audio presentation. It was so distracting to me, a self-confessed text junkie who can't not read something (which is why the ever-more cluttered television screen is driving crazy), that I had to push the window off to the side so I couldn't see the text. I thought it was rude, and was surprised to see who was doing the text chatting.
I have, however, decided to stick with CCK08, as a mediocre student, muttering to myself, writing my comments about the experience in the margins of my notebook/here on this blog. The ideas are intriguing even if I don't burn for the details of the theory of connectivism, and the questions raised are important ones.
In particular, I have been thinking of one of the themes that has recurred: digital identity (or digital citizenship, which isn't my favorite term), and how my students may or may not be thinking about how the traces they leave online might affect them later on. I for one am glad that there wasn't a permanent, public face to my college years, and part of the separateness of the college experience as a place of experimentation and making mistakes that, certainly, can have consequences, but also can be separate from the "real" world of adulthood and worklife has been lost. It's like we're all a little more stuck living in a small town.