Scott Wilson takes us from the theory of artificial and natural spaces to an examination of similar structures in the world of online learning (echoes of what Jay Cross is saying here). "In an LMS, the architecture of virtual space is derived from the model of the institution... In a PLE, the architecture of virtual space is a web of connections centred on the learner." Why, then, do we drift toward the LMS? Because of a fear of the internet, and a desire for control. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but "control should be flexible, negotiated, personalized - not simply imposed. (And) iInstitutions have found the control provided by the LMS more of a burden than a joy. In any case, learners can simply find ways around it, and form their own connections." Great slides (wish I had the audio).
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