Learning in Synch with Life: New Models, New Processes
May 25, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes
George Siemens has released a white paper created, as he says, "for Google's 2006 Training Summit." It's a nice breezy account of Connectivism, written in classic white paper style with many useful images and graphics. I am intrigued to note that it is copyrighted to "Complexive Systems Inc.," a consulting and reserach firm founded by Siemens. I will note that the last section of the paper ('Implementation') could have been dropped with no loss. Indeed, saying things like 'analysis before implementation can prevent costly errors' and 'develop the skills of learners' doesn't really advance anyone's understanding. Sure, we need to 'create the space in which learning occurs,' but what does that mean? And are these things even true? I have my doubts about all three of them.
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