This my video presentation called ‘Distributed Learning’ from week 5 in CCK11:
•We create a relevant online discussion when we post our reactions to other people’s points of view. These connections link their content to our perspectives and by sharing my understanding I increase my own capacity. It’s important to let your own feelings, images and ideas of concepts create a more integrated comprehension of your experiences! [Aggregation from Stephen Downes article on “Seven Habits of Highly Connected People”]
•Individuals tend to organize their on-line interaction in bottom-up structures with three levels of social granularity between groups-networks-collectives. The equivalent in location could be understood as town-district-region or in relation family-relatives-nationality.
•The group is tightly formed structured around particular tasks or activities and will restrict participation (…I believe this is where we find most formal education). In networks individuals with similar interest, vocation or learning target tend to form links and clusters as distributed entities. The blog and social networking allow individuals to harvest information from a set of fluid relationships and produce contributions benefiting network members. They continually join, create and remove themselves which creates an adaptable social entity with capacity to identify, evaluate and annotate their resources.
•Surowiecki stated that the aggregated or averaged behaviour (that is validated through negotiation and enrolment) of many intelligent agents can be more accurate, complete or appropriate than that of any one individual. The collective is a larger and more sparsely connected network, with the highest level of social granularity. Interactions are more complicated and activities include the formation of tag clouds, content ontologies or the ordering of results from collaborative filters (i.e. Google etc.). Members participate for individual benefit in the ‘wisdom of crowds’ (or ‘smart mobs’ as Howard Rheingold would call them).
•Anderson and Dron explore the consequence for Social Software in E-Learning and connect their understanding of how net-generation learners, collective literacy and increased institutional branding are related in a Net-centric learning context (…I might get back to this later). [Aggregation from Terry Anderson and John Dron “Collectives, Networks and Groups in Social Software for E-Learning”]
•Barbara McLaughlin in our CCK11 cohort discuss the The Cloud Generation – and take us from Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y to The Cloud Generation. Her concern is how schools can guide students in a cyber-sandbox before they “hurtle unguided through the cyber skies”. Our course facilitator Stephen Downes use the term Net Generation for ‘Digital Natives’ that use technology-based tools in their everyday lives. I have since then trying to decide what distinguish “The Net generation” and “The Cloud Generation”…
•This will be updated with thoughts on ‘arbitrary workflow’, ‘looping in optimization’ and ‘ad-hoc learning’…