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What do Connections do?


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Presented to SUNY, May 31, 2012

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  • Each node represents an Incan Temple – sun temple at centre
  • Multidimensional Networks and the Dynamics of Sociomateriality:Bringing Technology Inside the NetworkNOSHIR S. CONTRACTOR1Northwestern UniversityPETER R. MONGEUniversity of Southern CaliforniaPAUL M. LEONARDINorthwestern University
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    • 1. What do connections do? George Siemens, PhD May 31, 2012 Presented to: SUNY Stony Brook, New York
    • 2. Networks aren’t new
    • 3. Inca Temple Nodes
    • 4. Network language is so pervasive that we rarely move past “node/connection” discourse
    • 5. i.e.
    • 6. Source:
    • 7. or
    • 8. Source:
    • 9. But most networks are far more complex
    • 10. Multiple node types, Multiple relationships Contractor, Monge, Leonardi (2011)
    • 11. Contractor, Monge, Leonardi (2011)
    • 12. This is especially true as information continuesto be digitized (and increase in abundance)Distributed cognition - information held intechnology & artifacts
    • 13. Innovation asconstantcombinations andrecombinations ofexisting technologies
    • 14. Rocket “the thousand threads that lead from the locomotive to the very beginnings of the modern world” Rosen, 2010 Source:
    • 15. Knowledge has a structure
    • 16. Source:
    • 17. Knowledge has a history (archeology)
    • 18. Archeology of Knowledge“history deciphered the traces left by men, it nowdeploys a mass of elements that have to begrouped, made relevant, placed in relation to oneanother to form totalities” (Foucault)
    • 19. Note quality ofInca stone work(bottom)(Spanish top)
    • 20. Spanish additionIncan-Foundation
    • 21. Learning (education) is the process ofdeveloping awareness of the connections in adiscipline.
    • 22. Three levelsNeuralConceptualSocial/External
    • 23. Science as a connective enterprise(Bibliography…and Garfield’s impact factor asinspiration for Google)
    • 24. The scientific method is a structured process for connection validation
    • 25. Northeast Blackout: 2003From 12:15 pm to 4:13 pm:Small power-flow monitoring tool failureto 250+ power plant failure
    • 26. “A fundamental property of interdependentnetworks is that failure of nodes in one networkmay lead to failure of dependent nodes in othernetworks. This may happen recursively and canlead to a cascade of failures.” Buldyrev et al (2010)
    • 27. Thinking in networks
    • 28. Our education system should communicate information (idea) relatedness and connectivity(not discrete knowledge elements)
    • 29. CoherenceSynchronizationResonanceLock-in
    • 30. Coherence“an ancient urge to seek a comprehensivepicture of the world for the sake ofunderstanding ourselves, for knowledge’s sake,and not the least for acting as best we can” Cordero 2007
    • 31. Coherence
    • 32. Resonance“psychological arousal”
    • 33. AppleSilicon ValleyBoundary-based lock-in
    • 34. Creating integrated ecosystems:Content,Delivery,Assessment(The integrator, rules)
    • 35. MOOCsHow can an educator teach 1,000, 5,000, or100,000 students?
    • 36. MOOCsThey can’t. The learners teach one another(fill knowledge gaps in others)
    • 37. Half-ideas colliding to form new (innovative) knowledge wholes: MOOCs
    • 38. Education system- Should be about spaces for optimal idea connectedness- Space design, not only learning design- Openness of content and teaching enlarges society’s capacity to handle complex problems- xED is academia’s push back at commercialization of knowledge/learning
    • 39. Expertise development through activities that activate multiple(meaningful) knowledge connections
    • 40. Participatory pedagogies
    • 41. Creating: artifacts, stuff, remixing, newassemblies, novel connectedness
    • 42. New points of control in connection-formation redistribute power in society (education)
    • 43. Source: Speigel15-M Movement
    • 44. Quebec Student Tuition Protests, 2012
    • 45. Future of Higher Education MOOCStarts: Oct 2012More info on soon
    • 46. “networked science has thepotential to dramaticallyspeed up the rate of scientificdiscovery”
    • 47. Distributed Research Lab: for research leads and doctoral students
    • 48. Learning Analytics: Practitioners WorkshopPurdue: Oct 1-3, 2012
    • 49. Twitter: