Derek (W) has written a paper that has been incubating for a while, and he has just finished another draft. It takes a descriptive and narrative approach, and while it is relevant to the school sector in particular, it has some ideas pertinent to the non-profit and business sectors as well. He asked me what I thought. Even in it's slightly unfinished state I thought it was worth posting here for your comment.
I've been thinking about where we go next in our dialogue. In a personal e-mail Derek said: "Interesting to see the discussions emerge around devices vs. applications, internet vs mobiles (although that one has me baffled), and concept vs system etc - I'm fascinated to see the different perspectives!"
This is true!! - we have traversed a lot of foundational ideas.
We have Ann and Amy's comments on commitment. From Re: Personal Learning Ecology . . . by annbusby on Friday, 8 June 2007 11:24:00 a.m.:
Amy, I loved your comment, "you mean I have to commit to an idea?" I keep changing the content of my thinking from reading what others are posting, so fast I can't commit, either Isn't that what learning is about? :-) :-)
Michelle: From Re: Personal Learning Ecology . . . by email@example.com on Thursday, 7 June 2007 3:23:00 a.m.:
Anytime an organization is involved in deciding what "system" to use, I've found that it inevitably becomes a system that works for the organization, not the individual.
Ron's little throw away comment on metadata helped me put non-digital resources in perspective. And Tia's links take us a little into the cooperate large scale operations.
So: I'm also interested in moving on to new questions. Given our initial discussion . . . Given some of the convergence, and some unfinished thinking . . . So what? Where to now? Given these ideas and perspectives, what do we do in our various roles? What should (our) institutions do?
And: how should we then teach and learn??
I attach Derek's paper, now that it has emerged out of his the information processing and incubation part of his PLE. (Three pages and a nifty diagram - I think several of us could have a version of the diagram in our brains if we looked . .) - Derek
From a chilly, clear Wintery, downunder, Christchurch Saturday afternoon.