I signed up for a course run by the one and only Howard Rheingold and am excited to start this week. I will be posting to the course site internal blogs but will share excerpts of my experience out here in the open as well.

Here is the work for the first week, the course kicks off with a video session on May2/May3. I believe we have about 30 co-learners in the course.

Copying from the syllabus below. You can view the syllabus of the course here: http://augment1.holocene.cc/syllabus?destination=syllabus

One: Ancient Origins of Augmentation texts: (required)

Howard Rheingold, Mind Amplifier: Can Digital Tools Make Us Smarter? (TED Books, 2012) (Through “The Alphabet Effect” chapter)

Kindle, iBook, Nook editions are all $2.99.

Denise Schmandt-Besserat: The Evolution of Writing

Schmandt-Besserat solved the mystery of the numerous clay tokens found at Mesopotamian archeology — and solved the mystery of how writing originated. This brief article on her website summarizes her discovery.

Duffy on Eisenstein, ‘The Printing Press as an Agent of Change: Communications and Cultural Transformations in Early-Modern Europe’

Eisenstein’s two-volume masterwork established the intricate connections between technology (the printing press), social practices (literacy), cultural change (the Protestant revolution). This article is a good brief summary.

One: The Practice of Curation texts: (required)

Robert Scoble on online curation (video)

Howard Rheingold’s video interview with Scoble about curation and curation skills.

Robin Good on online curation  (video)

Howard Rheingold’s video interview with Robin Good about curation and curation skills.

Robert Scoble, The Seven Needs of Real Time Curators (blog post)

Scoble is a master curator. Here he codifies the emerging craft of online curation.

Robin Good, Content Curation Complete Guide

Robin Good isn’t kidding when he calls this “The Complete Guide.”

Harold Jarche, “Sensemaking with PKM [Personal Knowledge Management],” (blog post)

Social bookmarking, Evernote, curation tools, personal knowledge management tools fit into a process. Jarche does a great job of outlining the process simply.

Howard Rheingold, RSS – Managing Info Streams

Condensed post explaining RSS, with list of resources: Feed readers, feed search engines

Twitter RSS Feed Generator

Comes in handy for curation and personal learning network cultivation.

One: Curation Missions (Required)

1. Create a Netvibes account, create at least one page, with at least two tabs on each page, add your feeds, arrange on Netvibes page to create a “radar”

2. Create a Scoop.it account and curate a topic. For example, here are Howard’s augmented collective intelligence links, Scoop.it style. (recommended) Here is Robin Good’s complete playlist of short videos showing exactly how to use Scoop.it.

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