Learning as a Social Process?

George Siemens, elearnspace, Jul 18, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

George Siemens is "getting a bit frustrated with the continual statements that learning is a social process." He continues, "My interest in learning networks stems from the individuality of each node in the larger network." People, it seems to me, often confuse 'social' with 'group'. People are being 'social, it seems, if they are doing the same thing. That's why we hear about a 'common vision', 'shared values', 'collaboration', and the like. But my understanding of 'social' (and Siemens's too) is different. It's about being connected, but autonomous. As Siemens writes, "The social element of learning occurs when I engage my network for feedback and understanding."
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