Most successful network in history

Which network is most successful in history? (especially in the last two decades)  
 May I start with SARS?   

 http://www.abc.net.au/science/features/sars/default.htm  

 Or you may like to share your case.

1. What are the critical success factors in such a case/network?  

2. What lessons can we learn from the case?  

3. Can we transfer such learning to education? Or your organisation?

4. How could connectivism be applied in this case?

5. Add any questions that you would like to address….

If you prefer to discuss elsewhere, please consider your blog, or mine or wiki for further discussion.

 

 

Are we in a Learning Revolution? CCK08

There are transformations around education and learning, especially in well developed or developing countries.  And I couldn’t answer that “when do trends become revolution?” as well.  And if we have a crystal ball, and see what will come next, then we may be able to pass a judgment on our revolutionary or evolutionary status.approve

Unfortunately, there is a big issue: the “rich gets richer and poor gets poorer”.  I am talking about the wealth of knowledge amongst people and communities, not the physical wealth only.  If we compare what has happened in well developed countries and those in under-developed countires, we could see a big difference in the knowledge development amongst people and communities.  That’s why people are talking about knowledge workers and knowledge nation.  And the gap between the “haves” and “have nots” in terms of knowledge and education infrastructure have been imminent, especially amongst the under-developed communities and nations.  How could we address those equity issues?  Technology? Automation?  Connectivism??  Investment? Help or aids? Education? This deserves more discussion.  Agree?thoughtful

Even the wealthiest people or governments on earth are now investing heavily in education – research and development in drugs against various diseases, building universities and schools and sponsoring different initiatives or faculties. Why? Is it because they are the visionaries who could help the poor, the disadvantaged??  

In this respect, education is not just about on-line learning, or how we are better connected through such technology, though these are all very important.  It should also address the equity issues, in order to bring about a complete change in education, in knowledge creation and development, and to make a significant contribution in adding value to individuals, organisations, corporate business, and community.  To stay competitive amongst communities, nations.  And thus building up a better community, nation or world to live in….Do we have that obligation as well?  Collaboration and contribution is the key…. and connectivism… may appeal to some of us…as an initiative…

Education is the means towards the goals, and learning is the process.  And our goals (or vision) might be towards the building of both a personal and a community “bank of knowledge” and a “wealth of knowledge” that could weave and contribute to the building of a better community, or even a nation – a “knowledge nation”. 

Education must be for the benefit of mankind, so as to combat diseases, reduce the impact of disasters, control the risks due to both natural and articificial disasters, help the poor, console the disadvantaged, sick and poor; generate wealth and maintain health amongst its people etc. in order to become a more prosperous society.  Sustainability and innovation in education may be the key towards such prosperity globally.

That’s why we have this course, I suppose.  To share our views on learning and education, to illustrate that education and learning could be “free”, and put the concept of technology being an enabler in the contribution and consumption of knowledge into practice, (the spirit behind the Web 2.0 platform). 

That knowledge can be shared by everyone and distributed to those who want it, when they want it and how they want it, even for those isolated communities who have difficulties in communicating with each other face to face. 

Everyone is learning, and when connected, we can learn better, instantaneously (subject to qualification and proof). I hope this is not perceived as patronising, as this is only my personal perception and experience.  So connectivism is not just about theory in principle, it must be practised…. and this is your and our opportunity!  I think connectivism is part of our experience in this learning journey, and it will probably sustain throughout our life!

Of course, there are risks, unwanted or unwarranted comments and criticisms, perceptions and judgment, power issues, and emotional responses in this connected learning environment and networks – in blogs, moodle, forum, podcast etc..  It’s up to each of us to handle them. And it could be a huge challenge for some of us (it is one for me blush LOL). And that’s part of everyone’s learning journey, when connected. Is it revolutionary in itself for you??? I don’t know!thoughtful

It seems that this has become a revolution inside my mind, perhaps, when it comes to connectivism, technology and the way I learn.   Even if it is not a revolution in the physical world from a historical perspective.  You could feel the impact.

However, I have always been humbled by the knowledge of the crowd – the Voice of the Crowd.  That’s: the more I know, the more I know that I don’t know…. indeed.  And it’s worthwhile to see the world just like Alice in Wonderland…..who walked into the fantasy world to experience its wonders.  

We are just distanced by “press of the return key or a click of the mouse” despite that we might be “tens of thousands of kilometres away”.  Has it happened before?surprise

How about your views?

Are we in a learning revolution?

Are we in a revolution? This important question has been raised and debated in the last 2 years, especially in the academic circle.  See Background Reading: What is Web 2.0 Ideas technologies and implications in education.

If we are to trace back the source of change of these emergent technologies and the evolution of Internet, my next questions are

1. How can we define revolution at this digital age?

Is it any complete change of method or conditions?  Is it a substituion of a new “system of government, especially by force” as defined traditionally? What is your definition of revolution?

2. Is Internet revolutionising how we communicate?

3. Are we in a revolution of communication?

4. Are we in a revolution of learning?

5. Is there a shift away from the mere “e-learning” and back to learning?  Is learning complemented with on-learning technologies and enhanced with connectivism and connective knowledge?

Finally, I am starting to realise that each of us interpret the definition, concept of connectivism, connective knowledge differently.  So, if we claim that we are in a revolution of learning, it may be interesting to see how all these have “revolutionised how we think?” Not just learning!!! LOLthoughtful

6. Are we at the centre of “revolution”, “evolution” or “innovation” as a result of ALL OF THE ABOVE?

John

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I am a teacher of Logistics and have been teaching warehousing and logistics for more than 9 years. I am a Certified Professional Logistician. I am passionate in sharing my knowledge, experience and skills with those who would like to achieve excellence as a goal of life.

Whichever mountain I choose to climb, the route may appear simple, but that does not mean it will be easy. And afterwards there will be another peak to climb in the Himalayas, Andes or Rockies. One day I may want to change my life and go sky diving.

I endeavour to embrace my vision and mission, climb the mountains, work out my paths and reach the summit. I may have to change my life and go sky diving – accepting new challenges and goals, if this could serve others and society in a more effective and efficient manner, especially in the area of learning.

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What is the greatest reward from learning?
A sense of achievement and satisfaction.

How about you?
What are your vision and mission?
What is your learning journey?