The online meeting that Miranda, Angela, Natalie and I attended on Monday night really exemplified networked learning. Here is why:
- Environment – a knowledge environment was created outside the official ‘classroom’ by setting up an online meeting
- Identity – our roles are less hierarchical: we are the teachers, facilitators and learners at different times during the meeting
- Interaction – learning through different mediums is possible as we used visual and auditory skills to communicate and interact.
Another example of my version of networked learning was achieved via Melissa’s post, Together to Learn, in which she points to a video entitled ‘Life in a Learning Community‘. This led me onto a completely different topic than the intend of the video which was about Alvin Tofler’s Learning, Unlearning and Relearning. Using a clue from the video I explored Marshall’s McLuhan’s “The medium is the message“.
McLuhan explains that learning using different medium impacts on how our reality is shaped and transformed and that the effect of the medium is independent of what is presented. He talks about environment, interaction and identity. This leads me full circle to our online meeting, a medium that allowed me to assert my identity, led me to interact and learn through a different environment.
Our online meeting had a positive effect, however the medium can also have a negative effects as is clearly exemplified by Jon Dron’s post on the True costs of information technologies, where the tools are driving the way we operate in the world.
Our new systems make us do the work for them. This is the polar opposite of why we use IT systems in the first place, and it all equates to truly lost time, lost motivation, lost creativity, lost opportunity.
The true effects of our new mediums is not yet fully understood and often hidden. This I believe is something that needs to be researched and taught.