A Refreshing Look At Networked Learning

I can't tell you how refreshing it is to see people that actually get it. Here are two that do.

First, from Jennifer Jones:

Here are my early thoughts on the learning, keeping in mind I’ve not slept more than 4 hours any night this week:

  1. Some people get it. Some people do not get it. Do not dilute your message for these people. Give them all the inferno. The embers that reach those on the outskirts will eventually turn into flames.
  2. It is time to toss out the “blog, wiki, podcast” mantra. This is bigger than tools isolated for singular purpose. If we keep pushing the tools into categories, new users will continue to only use the tools for those purposes. We should be twisting, stretching and breaking these tools, not neatly packaging content with them.
  3. A wiki is no place to start an intentional, sustainable community. I’ve always said this to my internal customers, but it has been based on my use of them. I’ve now heard many many people describe how the wiki did not work for creating a sustainable network. Let’s let it go, move on and get more creative with our wiki use.
  4. Networked learners are more confident than individual learners in questioning authority, discovering alternative realities and resolving critical concerns through thoughtful inquiry.
  5. Technology enables people to assign meaning to symbols and words. Meaning is multi-dimensional. It IS about the technology, and it IS about the people.
Jen's advice to not "dilute the message" of the potential of networked learning should be SHOUTED from the rooftops.

Second, Hugh MacLeod speaks of an important issue we all face right now when considering networked learning.

My gut feeling is that EVERY node should have something of tremendous value to offer the entire network. Tapping into that something may be the real trick.

Image Source: Hugh MacLeod

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