Thursday, March 20, 2008

Networks Versus Groups in Higher Education

Networks Versus Groups Fascinating post by Terry Anderson (with a nice bibliography) presents the arguments for the inclusion of networked learning opportunities in higher education. The most compelling arguments to date arise from the value of weak connections, increases in social capital and the development of lifelong learning skills.

Networks offer increased opportunities for the growth of social capital, for globally relevant distributed learning and for increased involvement and engagement of higher education in the world beyond the ‘ivory tower’. The power of networking tools, plus the relevance and popularity of networked learning activities provide motivation for higher education institutions to move beyond groups, to include networked forms of organization in their instruction and learning programming.

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