Learning in the Collaboration Age

Charles Jennings, Workplace Performance, Aug 03, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I want to test the idea that there is a set of 'core concepts' in any discipline. Let's consider our own: if we look at the map I created, where is the core? It's a web, not a hierarchy. The 'core concepts' idea works for things like French cuisine (though even here there's room for doubt). But in rapidly evolving information-based domains, the idea of 'core concepts' is almost meaningless. While historically the idea of 'core' has been static and stable, today the idea of 'core' is more like a strange attractor.

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