7 thoughts on “Learning with Networks

  1. This is a great post. One of the things I’ve been telling our teachers about using social media in education is that it means moving away from the predominace of groups and the increasing importance of (informal) networks. Your post beautifully sums up what this really means.

  2. This is a great post! I’ve been telling our teachers how one of the main aspects of using social media in education is moving away from the predominance of groups and the increasing importance of networks in learning. Your post beautifully sums up what this really means.

  3. I agree that ‘group’ is not perfect (blame Clay Shirky!) and I like the word ‘network’ but it also has weaknesses. Sometimes it is about aggregation more than it is about connection – the logic is that of the set, rather than the network. For instance, the typical tag cloud may always be connected outwards in a networked way, but its formation is often a result of clumping and/or clustering.

    How about the word ‘collective’?

    (in the collective, learning is a process of assimilation…)

  4. […] and pointed to Terry Anderson’s Learning with Networks, which closed with: Networks allow cost effective ways for us to move learning out beyond the campus or virtual classroom. Networks are not communities of practice in which all members are struggling to develop common solutions to common problems. Rather, networks are diverse, free form and free-flowing resources. […]

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