New Structures of Learning

As posted on my elearnspace site, I have an article available on New spaces and structures of learning: the systemic impact of connective knowledge, connectivism, and networked learning (MS Word file). The concepts explored in the article are reflective of a previous discussion on this site about “a world without courses”. How long, after all, can we flirt at the edges of change before we seek a full embrace?

3 Responses to “New Structures of Learning”

  1. Charles says:

    I saw your article from Stephen Downe’s link, so posted over there, but one comment I’d like to make here is that although you want to move away from hierarchy, scale-free networks, such as the Web, are inherently hierarchical due to their power-law function. Barabasi, in “Linked” and elsewhere, mentions the “rich get richer” phenomenon of scale-free networks,and states, “The most intriguing result of our Web-mapping project was the complete absence of democracy, fairness, and egalitarian values on the Web. We learned that the topology of the Web prevents us from seeing anything but a mere handful of the billion documents out there” (p. 56). For an educational institution that wants to move toward a network model, this “rich get richer” phenomenon must be taken into consideration.

  2. I’m in the middle of your paper, but broke off for a minute to congratulate you on continuing to champion student initiated and directed learning. You may be recognizing the obvious, but it has only been obvious to a minority, and most of those are outside the education industry. In fact many resist the equality of opportunity presented by the web and focus on archaic notions of managed results. A reputation built on creativity, integrity, knowledge, and hard work is apparently becoming more important than where you might have developed or acquired these virtues – except perhaps in institutional settings. Semantics will be used to say your arguments are part of other’s pet theories, or in error based on a small facet of their construction, but they are revolutionary and worthy of careful consideration. Now, back to your paper …

  3. Alvira says:

    This web post provides good insight into new structures of learning. Connective knowledge, connectivism, and networked learning may well start to broaden its scope when it comes to learning structure. Appropriate analysis and focus groups should remain a firm part of the developmental process and if positive results are attained, one must strongly consider the phased implementation of referenced learning techniques.
    Alvira Khan
    Florida Atlantic University
    FAU Alumna
    Boca Raton