What do connections do?       George Siemens, PhD          May 31, 2012          Presented to:              SUNY      Ston...
Networks aren’t new
Inca Temple Nodes
Network language is so pervasive that       we rarely move past   “node/connection” discourse
i.e.
Source: http://www.orgnet.com/sna.html
or
Source: http://www.chrisharrison.net/index.php/Visualizations/ClusterBall
But most networks are far more           complex
Multiple node types, Multiple relationships                              Contractor, Monge, Leonardi (2011)
Contractor, Monge, Leonardi (2011)
This is especially true as information continuesto be digitized (and increase in abundance)Distributed cognition - informa...
Innovation asconstantcombinations andrecombinations ofexisting technologies
Rocket                  “the thousand threads that lead from the                   locomotive to the very beginnings of th...
Knowledge has a structure
Source: http://richard.cyganiak.de/2007/10/lod/
Knowledge has a history (archeology)
Archeology of Knowledge“history deciphered the traces left by men, it nowdeploys a mass of elements that have to begrouped...
Note quality ofInca stone work(bottom)(Spanish top)
Spanish additionIncan-Foundation
Learning (education) is the process ofdeveloping awareness of the connections in adiscipline.
Three levelsNeuralConceptualSocial/External
Science as a connective enterprise(Bibliography…and Garfield’s impact factor asinspiration for Google)
The scientific method is a structured process for connection validation
Northeast Blackout: 2003From 12:15 pm to 4:13 pm:Small power-flow monitoring tool failureto 250+ power plant failure
“A fundamental property of interdependentnetworks is that failure of nodes in one networkmay lead to failure of dependent ...
Thinking in networks
Our education system should communicate information (idea)   relatedness and connectivity(not discrete knowledge elements)
CoherenceSynchronizationResonanceLock-in
Coherence“an ancient urge to seek a comprehensivepicture of the world for the sake ofunderstanding ourselves, for knowledg...
Coherence
Resonance“psychological arousal”
AppleSilicon ValleyBoundary-based lock-in
Creating integrated ecosystems:Content,Delivery,Assessment(The integrator, rules)
MOOCsHow can an educator teach 1,000, 5,000, or100,000 students?
MOOCsThey can’t. The learners teach one another(fill knowledge gaps in others)
Half-ideas colliding to form new (innovative)        knowledge wholes: MOOCs
Education system- Should be about spaces for optimal idea  connectedness- Space design, not only learning design- Openness...
Expertise development through  activities that activate multiple(meaningful) knowledge connections
Participatory pedagogies
Creating:  artifacts, stuff, remixing, newassemblies, novel connectedness
New points of control in connection-formation     redistribute   power in society     (education)
Source: Speigel15-M Movement
Quebec Student Tuition Protests, 2012
Future of Higher Education MOOCStarts: Oct 2012More info on www.elearnspace.org/blog soon
“networked science has thepotential to dramaticallyspeed up the rate of scientificdiscovery”
Distributed Research Lab:http://www.solaresearch.org/storm/Looking for research leads and doctoral students
Learning Analytics: Practitioners WorkshopPurdue: Oct 1-3, 2012http://www.solaresearch.org/flare/
Twitter: gsiemenswww.elearnspace.orgwww.connectivism.ca
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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
  • http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v464/n7291/full/nature08932.html
  • http://connectedlearning.tv/infographic
  • http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-68235-2.html
  • http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/22/300000-quebec-students-protest-tuition-hike/
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    1. 1. What do connections do? George Siemens, PhD May 31, 2012 Presented to: SUNY Stony Brook, New York
    2. 2. Networks aren’t new
    3. 3. Inca Temple Nodes
    4. 4. Network language is so pervasive that we rarely move past “node/connection” discourse
    5. 5. i.e.
    6. 6. Source: http://www.orgnet.com/sna.html
    7. 7. or
    8. 8. Source: http://www.chrisharrison.net/index.php/Visualizations/ClusterBall
    9. 9. But most networks are far more complex
    10. 10. Multiple node types, Multiple relationships Contractor, Monge, Leonardi (2011)
    11. 11. Contractor, Monge, Leonardi (2011)
    12. 12. This is especially true as information continuesto be digitized (and increase in abundance)Distributed cognition - information held intechnology & artifacts
    13. 13. Innovation asconstantcombinations andrecombinations ofexisting technologies
    14. 14. Rocket “the thousand threads that lead from the locomotive to the very beginnings of the modern world” Rosen, 2010 Source: http://www.solarnavigator.net/inventors/george_stephenson.htm
    15. 15. Knowledge has a structure
    16. 16. Source: http://richard.cyganiak.de/2007/10/lod/
    17. 17. Knowledge has a history (archeology)
    18. 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. 19. Note quality ofInca stone work(bottom)(Spanish top)
    20. 20. Spanish additionIncan-Foundation
    21. 21. Learning (education) is the process ofdeveloping awareness of the connections in adiscipline.
    22. 22. Three levelsNeuralConceptualSocial/External
    23. 23. Science as a connective enterprise(Bibliography…and Garfield’s impact factor asinspiration for Google)
    24. 24. The scientific method is a structured process for connection validation
    25. 25. Northeast Blackout: 2003From 12:15 pm to 4:13 pm:Small power-flow monitoring tool failureto 250+ power plant failure
    26. 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. 27. Thinking in networks
    28. 28. Our education system should communicate information (idea) relatedness and connectivity(not discrete knowledge elements)
    29. 29. CoherenceSynchronizationResonanceLock-in
    30. 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. 31. Coherence
    32. 32. Resonance“psychological arousal”
    33. 33. AppleSilicon ValleyBoundary-based lock-in
    34. 34. Creating integrated ecosystems:Content,Delivery,Assessment(The integrator, rules)
    35. 35. MOOCsHow can an educator teach 1,000, 5,000, or100,000 students?
    36. 36. MOOCsThey can’t. The learners teach one another(fill knowledge gaps in others)
    37. 37. Half-ideas colliding to form new (innovative) knowledge wholes: MOOCs
    38. 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. 39. Expertise development through activities that activate multiple(meaningful) knowledge connections
    40. 40. Participatory pedagogies
    41. 41. Creating: artifacts, stuff, remixing, newassemblies, novel connectedness
    42. 42. New points of control in connection-formation redistribute power in society (education)
    43. 43. Source: Speigel15-M Movement
    44. 44. Quebec Student Tuition Protests, 2012
    45. 45. Future of Higher Education MOOCStarts: Oct 2012More info on www.elearnspace.org/blog soon
    46. 46. “networked science has thepotential to dramaticallyspeed up the rate of scientificdiscovery”
    47. 47. Distributed Research Lab:http://www.solaresearch.org/storm/Looking for research leads and doctoral students
    48. 48. Learning Analytics: Practitioners WorkshopPurdue: Oct 1-3, 2012http://www.solaresearch.org/flare/
    49. 49. Twitter: gsiemenswww.elearnspace.orgwww.connectivism.ca
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