#PLENK2010 Idea is network in MOOC?

Here is the TED talk on Where good ideas come from

Idea is network? Repackaged? So similar to Connectivism? Liquid network – quite similar to my suggested What is Knowledge and Learning?

How about this wikis as water coolers?

Yes, in fact knowledge as network metaphors have been around since ancient times (water/knowledge is only one of them) – in Tao Te Ching, under the Yin and Yang concept (water could float a boat, but could sink it too), in Buddhism, and in Bible as parables – like the sower sows his seeds (how the seeds grow/decay under different ecology – i.e. the growth/decay of faith subject to the influence of environment & people- analogous to how ideas/concepts/ knowledge would be developed/ amplified or diminished in social networks nowadays etc.

You (Arielion)  have also shared plenty of these ideas on faith. Wonderful.

That is also how ideas are shared, spreaded & amplified in social network – as metaphors, memes. I just wonder how all these ideas are linked, re-purposed, re-packaged, re-named or re-created, and re-framed to novel ideas, with many people building upon them – like the Wisdom of the Crowds. Refer also to this Wisdom of the Crowds website.
That is good news.

Here is another great idea shared through metaphors – Teaching and teachers metaphors

How far do these ideas and concepts apply to your teaching and learning?

Do you find any resonance when you are learning in courses like MOOC PLENK2010?  Refer to this Riddle of Online Resonance by Matthias and Jenny on resonance.

What do you find? How do you feel?

Here is the conversation on FB

Postscript: Here is an interesting video on “Where do good ideas come from?”

I am my Connectome may be of interest to you.

3 thoughts on “#PLENK2010 Idea is network in MOOC?

  1. Hi John,
    Lots of thinking on this page. Sure, I like the presentation on teachers and teaching. It captures some of the aspects of the experience of being teacher..
    I really enjoyed the paper you posted that was written by Jenny and Matthias… I read it hastily, and will comment on FB.
    Thanks,
    Mary

  2. Hi John,
    I thought the discussion of the article was on FB, but it was the metaphor related to learning flowing like water….
    So I will go back to the discussion about PLENK2010 and online learning article by Jenny and Methias, which you posted.
    Do you find any resonance when you are learning in courses like MOOC
    PLENK2010? Refer to this Riddle of Online Resonance by Matthias and
    Jenny on resonance.
    I do think that people have to interact socially and to be engaged conceptually, but I don’t think we have to be on the same wavelength. It may be that we are investigating a phenomena from very different positions and perspectives, but we share a concern or are asking similar questions. I think they get closer to the essence of e-resonance when they quote Wenger.
    ” ‘When we engage in a conversation, we somehow recognise in each
    other something of ourselves, which we address‟ (Wenger, 1998, p.56).
    Wenger is also clear that communication in a community of practice is
    not always harmonious. What we recognise has to do with our mutual
    ability to negotiate meaning. This mutuality does not, however, entail
    equality or respect (p.56). Likewise, the notion that e-resonance is
    about similarity, does not mean that it is always positive and
    harmonious. It can equally be disharmonious or negative.”

    I can also accept that learning is social (personal and interpersonal), conceptual, and neuronal pathways are put into place through engagements with the world, whether the actual or virtual world, and that we code what we are observing/experiencing in various ways–in images, in language, etc.
    so the section on beyond verbal makes sense to me.
    E-resonance can therefore be thought of as ‘something beyond‟ the
    message content, something non-linear and non-linguistic, which offers
    the possibility of a ‘glimpse into the mind’ of an online author. Magdalena
    Bottger’s (2005) diagram and discussion of how “Pieces of information
    can (only?) be “cues to knowledge” which means they give us hints to the
    knowledge in our head‟ (italicized), is helpful in trying to visualise what
    ‘beyond verbal’ might mean.

    I agree with Downes regarding connections being about pattern-seeking and Wenger’s idea that we negotiate meanings. I wonder if Wittgenstein’s work would help us to appreciate and understand how e-resonance–online connections occur?

    I don’t know how I feel about strong and weak ties… Have to get back to my work screen. Interesting session with Weller today. Good chat and map.

  3. “Wenger is also clear that communication in a community of practice is
    not always harmonious. What we recognise has to do with our mutual
    ability to negotiate meaning. This mutuality does not, however, entail
    equality or respect (p.56). Likewise, the notion that e-resonance is
    about similarity, does not mean that it is always positive and
    harmonious. It can equally be disharmonious or negative.” I think that strikes a chord with my experience too. I don’t mean it is always that negative, but that is reflective of the reality of what happened in the COPs within communities.
    When I observed and reflected on some of COPs, there were both harmonious and disharmonious sub COPs, groups or subgroups, individuals that boosted or hindered the progress of COPs, due to various reasons, or hidden agenda of parties and members.
    It is not easy to identify the reasons for the resonance or dissonance, as each situation is dependent on the context, but these might likely arise as a consequence of diversity of opinions, an incongruence with the “common and shared goals” due to a shift in the goal post, and a change of personal needs that might not be in alignment with the COPs needs. Also, when adult learners and educators are in their autonomous life-long learning journey, they would likely join a number of COPs rather than one, where time and devotions to a particular COPs could change too.
    Here is a diagram showing the overlapping of the needs.
    So, would e-resonance be ephemeral as some of the COPs are ephemeral too. The ubiquity of COPs could also be another factor affecting the e-resonance to the members of the COPs as to which COPs are the best to join.
    How would pattern-seeking be achieved? To me, sometimes it becomes a philosophical and an educational goal. If you seek, you will find. That is wayfinding and sensemaking, isn’t it?

    John

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