ZML Didaktik / Innovative Learning Scenarios

Reading Littlejohn’s “Connected knowledge, collective learning”

Posted on: October 6, 2011

“People have to learn to solve real-world problems faster and more effectively” – the problems are too complex for one person => the knowledge of “the many” is needed (Siemens, 2005, p 27: “Learning is an in-process activity. We need to lay aside the desire to know, and embrace instead the desire to continue to learn. …Knowing is a process of walking in varying degrees of alignment with a dynamic environment.”)

Collective learning = learning through social knowledge creation (Paavola, & Hakkarainen, 2005, p 537: learning as a process of knowledge creation which concentrates on mediated processes where common objects of activity are developed collaboratively).

4 trends which frame collective learning

  1. knowledge is becoming increasingly openly available – and learners create knowledge together, based on discovery, synthesis and sharing –  but what binding force connects them? A learning goal could be the social object (Knorr Cetina, 2001), which binds people together. Learners “chart” together = journey together, navigate, make sense of the cooperative processes
  2. our view of what constitutes learning is broadening – e.g. learning at work moved from individual learning to cooperative knowledge building. It is not clear how knowledge workers learn.
  3. new knowledge practices connecting people and knowledge are emerging – ability to navigate knowledge as a holistic network with multiple links, experts perceive the links between loosely related knowledge fragments. Gap between learning at universities and at the job – how can students achieve the necessary competences “new literacies
  4. we increasingly rely on networked technologies – learning analytics examines our traces in the network, our learning paths are a valuable resource for future learners

Link to Littlejohn, Allison (2011) Connected knowledge, collective learning

Link to Siemens, George (2005) Connectivism: Learning as Network-Creation

Link to Paavola, S., & Hakkarainen, K. (2005). The knowledge creation metaphor: An emergent epistemological approach to learning. Science and Education, 14(6), 535-557

Link to Knorr Cetina, K (2001) Objectual Practice. In Schatzki, T. R., Knorr-Cetina, K., & Savigny, E. V. (Eds). The practice turn in contemporary theory. p175-188  Routledge.


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