An Interview with Morten Flate Paulsen: Focusing On His Theory of Cooperative Freedom in Online Education

Michael F. Shaughnessy, EdNews, Apr 26, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

When Morten Flate Paulsen spoke in Barceloa last October he outlinedwhat I feel was an important distinction between collaborative learning and cooperative learning (one that that is reflected, I think, in the distinction between groups and networks). In this item, a lengthy interview, he discusses this and other aspects of his theory of cooperative freedom. The idea is to preserve autonomy while acquiring the benefits of groups. One technique, for example, is the idea of 'cooperative gating' - you can access a cooperative resource, but only if you have performed a task that contributes to the community resource. Read to the bottom for links to additional interviews.
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