How would you stage and participate in a networking environment?
Would a network (say in a forum) be staged as a
(a) peer review
(b) teacher vs learner vs co-learners (similar to the digital classroom/workshop where learners and teachers all interact, only that in this case we are all talking/responding at the “same time” or “same topic at different times”)
(c) question/response debates on different perspectives
(d) reinforcement of advanced concepts, applications development (for academics and teachers)
(e) cultivation of new ideas and development in teaching and learning under the umbrella of “connectivism” (not only for professionals and para-professionals, but also for any one who are involved in learning)
(f) some of the above or one that I haven’t mentioned here.
As each participant (especially in this forum) is playing a different role at different times and interacting with each other as we progress through the network, some of us may prefer just to reflect (and be a lurker) to see what may be gained out of this, while others would prefer to reflect/share via blogs.
This leads us to think again about learning as chaotic (mainly because we may be carrying different hats/roles as we interact and think the other parties are carrying such a hat/role as well).
So even in the forum like this, due to differences in the perspectives and roles, you will find un-ending debates (that’s healthy) as well as emotions (that’s part of network learning) that could be accounted for the complexity of digital network learning and connectivism (connections of all kinds).
I think there is always a blend of passion and reasons in groups and networks. And you wouldn’t be easy to distinguish them easily, as role of the participants (learners and teacher inclusive) often change. Also, the stage of development of networks are important (a complex and chaotic situation).
One thing is certain though, I think, we all wish to support and help each other in our forum or through blogs in our network development, irrespective of the roles, at least to move forward in our learning journey, even if participants (teachers and learners) have different perspectives and understanding of connectivism, and that the future outcomes/development of such networking or learning is unpredictable. And that networking (both digital and non-digital) is always part of the life journey of everyone, whether we like it or not.
And you could even agree with disagreement in forum or blogs…. But I think we all value our discussion here at the moment. Otherwise, we would have spent time elsewhere.
Are you looking for passion or reason or both?
Do you find some chaos, and complexity in this learning development?