If I was Alec Couros, Will Richardson, Vicki Davis, Steve Hargadon, or any of the thousands of K-12 educators that have been pushing for networked/connected learning for years (in Will’s case, more than a decade), I’d be fairly irritated to have been written out of the vision of connected learning that is now emerging from DML.
I don’t see any mention of the folks that have been pushing for open, social, networked, and collaborative pedagogical models on the site’s connected learning principles.
This might be a simple oversight on the part of the organizers – i.e. get the message of a new initiative out quickly. However, the site indicates that a new research group has been formed to explore connected learning. The starting point of almost all research is consideration of what has come before. Alec Couros, as an example, did his dissertation on the topic. (OT: If I was you Alec, I would totally go with Valentino as my first name. just sayin’). Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis have just published a book on the topic.
Basically, a new initiative seems to arise out of nowhere with this brilliant vision of connected learning. Those popularizing this vision get labelled as innovators while those doing the actual work are not given credit. I’ve seen this happen numerous times (and have been on the receiving end of a similar “writing out of existence”). It’s wrong.