I’m beginning to encounter more articles, concepts, thinkers who see a world similar to the one I see. Connections, connections, connections. For educators, a networked world – versus a world of silos – creates, as Will Richardson states, a very different world. How we design content, how we organize courses, how we engage learners…it all changes.
A few resources exploring similar themes:
Dave Pollard explores “next generation KM” and arrives at the same conclusion I have with connectivism: the move from collection (courses) to connection (networks).
David Weinberger also sees the value of connections: “We don’t need perfect knowledge in an age of knowledge abundance. We just need pretty good knowledge, and that’s something we don’t need perfect gatekeepers for. To the gatekeepers what looks like chaos and the degradation of learning to Netizens looks like an exponential increase in intelligence…Links, not containers: A page is what it points to.”
It’s the relationship: “All KM-enlightened people know that it’s not about document management, but few understand that it’s not about people either. What it’s about is social relationships. Good social tools manage feeds and links, not content.”