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Learning and creating knowledge in social networks

Networks are the underlying structure for knowledge, learning, and society. We live in networks. We experience them daily. This familiarity results, at times, in overlooking the significant value that connections provide in understanding the world. When a company has a failed product launch, networks and connections can explain why. When a company, such as Microsoft or Blackberry, fails to capitalize on an emerging market, networks can describe what happened. When a political party fails at the polls, networks can provide insight into lack of resonance with voters. Knowledge can be defined through a network lens. As can learning.

In spite of the descriptive, predictive, and informative value of connections and networks, most institutions fail to utilize them well. Higher education is in a broad swing from hierarchical systems of organizations to network structures. The talk below is one that I delivered to the Desire2Learn conference in Melbourne yesterday on the role of networks in knowledge creation, learning, innovation:

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  1. Bart Miller wrote:

    Thank you very much for sharing your slides, Mr Siemens. The graphics, in particular, help me to understand the incredible scope and complexity of possible learning. I believe that one of the keys to cultivating connectivism is for us to think of ourselves not as nodes, as is often written, but rather as nexuses. Active participation and dynamic relationships bring networked knowledge to life. Please enjoy this post on the matter: http://www.coetail.com/bartmiller/2013/09/19/dont-be-a-node-be-a-nexus/

    Monday, October 7, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink