Learning Ecology, Communities, and Networks

George Siemens, elearnspace, Oct 17, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It goes without saying, but in an online environment classes and classrooms are artificial constructs, relics of an age when physical and resource limitations required the clumping of students into discrete spaces. But the twelve-week chunk of learning with predefined curriculum and geographically defined cohort has its limitations, and authors are increasingly exploring more appropriate models for the information age, including especially online learning communities and networks. This article is an overview of such explorations and grapples with the basic concepts: what is a learning community? What is an ecology? Good read.
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