Network Learning

Network learning is quite imparting and experiential. It can both give a positive and negative reaction in so many areas, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be within an enclosed building because it has to do with technology. In this view, the research that was done by Dr. Michael Welsh, reveals that network learning gives learners access to express themselves without being seen physically and it improves the metacognitive aspect of the learner. In an academic, network learning produces teamwork as well, whereby individual learners try to learn by doing what they love with support from each other. This means learning inside knowledge, therefore making individual learners public humanist because the learning is not limited to a building. Finally, network learning can include a blog, twitter and so on, comprising of both the expert and non-expert.


3 thoughts on “Network Learning”

  1. Thanks for your post, Helen. I definitely agree with the concept of including experts and non-experts in the same conversation. Many times, academic research articles are difficult to understand. There is a lot of jargon employed in research, that while descriptive and precise for experts in the field, is meaningless to those who aren’t. For any individual, a discovery can only be as exciting as it is understandable. Using formats like blogs and Twitter allow for less formal and more inclusive platforms for discussion.


  2. Helen, I agree that network learning is experiential. I would add that it iteration is also important. I think one major advantage of networked learning is accessible learning opportunities for non-traditional students, especially adult learners. Also, as an online news junky, I get my news from various online media or platforms. I am appreciative of the many available opportunities for gaining knowledge and learning about stuff online.


  3. Hi Helen!

    I like the way you captured the essence of a learning community in your reflection of networked learning. You’re right, technology enables us to collaborate in ways that are lightning speed compared to just a generation ago. You make a good point about how participants can be physically separated yet can still learn together and create knowledge together. I am a fan of Twitter for that very reason–the users are so diverse and you can tap into so many different streams of conversations and information sharing. I love following academics and getting links to research articles, facts, and pictures about topics that I think are cool, but are way out of my wheelhouse.


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