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Groups vs Networks: The Class Struggle Continues

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eFest, Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand, Keynote, Sept 27, 2006.

This is a cornerstone talk for me. It was my final talk in New Zealand after a marathon trip, and it resolved into a discussion of the distinction between groups and networks, how traditional learning tries to force us into being part of a group (the way it forces cattle boys off their mountains) and how an alternative network-based theory of learning is more appropriate for multiple societies and multiple cultures. The full text of the talk is here; the OLDaily post describing it is here.

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