Networked learning in a changing world

Here are some of the things I learned via Twitter this past week.

I modified my use of Twitter favourites for my Friday’s Finds selection this week. I switched my social bookmarking service from Delicious to Diigo and noticed that Diigo offered a method to save my favourites automatically. Instead of reviewing my favourites in Twitter, I went through the bookmarks on Diigo, deleting ones I no longer wanted to keep and updating and annotating those that I found more interesting. This redundancy will provide me with two ways to retrieve information, either from my blog or my bookmarks. It’s not much more effort and I think it will make my bookmarks more useful.

A Baker’s Dozen: Principles of Value Networks | by @vernaallee

The true shape and nature of collaboration is not the social network – it is the value network. Value networks are purposeful groups of people who come together in designated roles to take action or produce an outcome. Only through the power of value networks can we address our complex issues – together – and create a more hopeful future.

Five surprising changes in 2010 by @lemire

We are replacing physical objects and processes by bits and software faster than I would have predicted at the beginning of the year. We are also becoming a civilization of autodidacts. Scholarship is being fundamentally reshaped under our noses without anyone noticing. I think that much of the establishment is greatly underestimating the amplitude and significance of these changes. The proof is how badly prepared the American government was with respect to Wikileaks.

Mark Federman: What is the (Next) Message?: Death of the Liberal Class

My own position (at the 4 minute point in the video) is simple to state: the constructs that gave us corporatism, capitalism, the liberal class, and modernity itself are now obsolesced, and we need a new framework in which to observe, theorize, understand, and undo the dysfunctions that we have clearly visited upon ourselves, and the wider world …

What is not acceptable in a contemporary context is the penchant of the fogey generation – men like Reihan Salam and Tony Keller – to continue to apply 19th and 20th century principles to the analysis of our 21st century reality.

My Three Words for 2011: Seek, Sense, and Share | Beth’s Blog by @kanter

Jarche defines networked learning as  “an individual, disciplined process by which we make sense of information, observations and ideas.”    He further suggests that networked learning is the solution (in part) to information overload (not the cause!).   For networked learning to be beneficial, it requires an open attitude toward learning and finding new things.   In addition, each person needs to develop individualized processes of filing, classifying and annotating digital information for later retrieval.  His conceptual model include the three words:  seek, sense, and share.

My sense is that becoming a master at networked learning helps you improve what you are doing in world that is changing so fast and is so complex.

4 Responses to “Networked learning in a changing world”

  1. Tom Hood


    Great stuff and I agree with your whole concept around ‘network learning’ as the way to keep up with this rapidly change world. Would love to know more about how you curate and post your Friday Finds? I get the favorite tweets part, and then you also bookmark on diigo? Ant tips on collecting and posting on your blog or are you sorting through manually and prioritizing?

    Thanks for sharing!


  2. christian briggs

    Hi Harold,

    I’ve been mostly lurking in the #lrnchat circles and watching what seems to be a shift in the discourse toward networks and network learning. Given this and also your reference here to Mark Federman, i thought i’d put in a plug for Mark’s work on his Valence Theory of Organizations. I read his dissertation proposal back a few years ago, and found it rich and rewarding. Here is a wiki containing his work on the theory:



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