User talk:Leighblackall/Defining Networked Learning

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12 October via Google Chat, Steven Parker pointed me to the Peeragogy Handbook Leighblackall (discusscontribs) 03:44, 14 October 2013 (UTC)

A gap in the literature?[edit]

I have a feeling I might have found a "gap in the literature" of Networked Learning.

There is a leap from the idea of networked learning in the 1970s, to when computers came in the 80s, and I haven't been able to find challenges or discussion in the 'canon' about this leap. It seems, like so many things, computing has overwhelmed this field, and marginalised those interested in a wider understanding of human networks across media and social systems, such as was the case in the 70s. The discussion of this is largely taking place on the Wikipedia entry for Networked Learning.

Additionally, in private emails with Downes and others, I don't have difficulty in finding agreement that Networked Learning is about more than computer network mediated learning, yet it seems that authoritative academe has not/can not consider it. At least those in the UK/Europe, associated with the Networked Learning conference since 1998. See comments from Chris Jones on the Wikipedia discussion, and my blog post on the matter.

And so, I think this Wikipedia exercise becomes part of my literature review, where as Keith suggests, we agree to differ, and I set to work designing research around my understanding of networked learning, and attempt to introduce it into the 'canon' of Networked Learning literature as a new form of understanding and studying the field more widely.

So, my hunt becomes more focused, have I really found a gap in the research and literature.. back to Illich again, to see who did anything with his "Learning Webs" idea, and the present day Free University Movement

Publication outlets[edit]

  1. Learning Analytics and Knowledge, 2012: The conference will be hosted in Vancouver, BC at the end of April 2012.
  2. The last Networked Learning Conference hosted a series of Hot Seat discussions and the plan is to do something similar in the run in to NLC 2012 in Maastricht (NL). Perhaps the readers of this blog could join in on these discussions. Still a bit vague but the planning is underway now. See

Alternative Publication Idea (Data)[edit]

Leigh, I like the idea that you DONT publish your papers. In saying so, please consider this - the dynamic state of your work is what rings true for me as publication. Have you considered 'data' as publication ? Perhaps compose an abstract that points to the dynamic status of your work (data) ie. Figshare. This then allows your freedom of collaboration and provides a bridge for those who are not dynamically networking their publication alexanderhayes 01:23, 30 January 2013 (UTC)