· Learning without borders – people learning and growing and sharing in ways that interest them and meet their needs and abilities
· Networking to share and construct knowledge with others
· Negotiating with others in the learning process
· Agreeing that experts do not know everything and new ideas and new technologies result in paradigm shifts in learning
· Accessing information, resources and people in new ways due to the massive shift in technology
· Decentralizing who is an expert and who controls access to knowledge
· Considering new ideas!
· Creating community in new ways
· Re-examining standard beliefs and practices
Here is a picture I took of a native Ontario wildflower called “Spring Beauty”. It is the first spring wildflower you will see in Ontario forests. It is a rhizomatic plant, spreading and growing throughout the forest floor and showing up where you least expect it – just like networked learning!And for Hugh McKellar’s interesting insights about books in his “The changing nature of knowledge,” here is a humorous 3-minute video: Medieval Help Desk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ
No!Despite my many “yeses” to this week’s readings, I have a big NO to there never being a canon for anything. While I know this is not a popular concept in modern society, I believe there is some knowledge that is settled and unassailable. To me, technology does not change this type of knowledge, though it can make it easier to share and connect and learn more, but the knowledge does not itself change. For me, this is my faith in God and human love and hope.