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Externalizing Knowledge

Late last week, I received a critque of my 2004 article on Connectivism. In preparation for my presentation (SURF in Utrecht, Netherlands) conference organizers asked Pl√łn Verhagen to review the article. He didn’t like it. His comments are here.
In response, I have written a meandering article Connectivism: Learning theory or Past Time of the Self-Amused (a printable MS Word file is available here – you might prefer that, my server is spitting out some weird formatting in place of apostrophes in the web article). End result: most of our knowledge activities are about externalization (Vygotsky, Wittgenstein, Spivey, and others suggest this, though it is easily observable with our use of symbols, images, and language to communicate and make sense). Most learning theories are about internalization (i.e. bring concepts into our head (even if they are socially mediated, the intent is to hold to knowledge in our minds). With connectivism (and Stephen’s work on Connective Knowledge), the intent is to externalize the knowledge – to distribute it in a network (often with the aid of technology). This view is critical in complex knowledge climates today.