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An Introduction to Connective Knowledge

An Introduction to Connective Knowledge It’s unfortunate that Stephen released this article just before the holidays – it seems to have been lost in the shuffle of the season. This is an important article that is very much in line with my own thinking on connectivism (though it’s worth noting that Stephen typically begins with the technical/structured, whereas my starting point is usually social…though we both spend more time in conceptual views than implementation :) ).
In this article, Stephen tackles many broad themes: knowledge, meaning, truth, learning, and networks. Instead of casting the discussion in quantitative or qualitative terms, he opts for a third path (rightly so, in my eyes): connectivity. While much of this article reflects my own views (the distributed, connected nature of knowing), I’m a bit at odds with Stephen’s assertion at the beginning of his paper that knowledge is interpreted (and I conclude he then means subjective). Let me correct that – Stephen asserts that knowledge is interpreted (I agree) but he doesn’t provide a value structure to assess (if it’s necessary, he may think it isn’t) the value of the interpretation. Just because knowledge is subject to interpretation, does not mean that interpretation is a function of accurate representation of knowledge. I believe in a certain level of objectivity – some things “are”, and our “connective knowledge” is more accurate when our interpretation closely reflects reality. I’m trying to straddle a line that acknowledges subjective elements of interpretation, but holds to objective standards (in some cases) as a means of accurate interpretation. Perhaps an Ed Tech Talk conversation?