Crops of Chaos

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Archive for the month “December, 2011”

Knowing, Sharing, Knowledge

Sifting through information, knowing, understanding knowledge – all activities which one is constantly engaged in, knowingly or not.

Knowing demands understanding; knowledge  reflects on action. Both need a context  – be that of connections, an audience, or a field of action to make sense. Without action, without an audience to share, hoarding facts and figures is pointless. Libraries only serve their purpose if there are readers. Knowing only realizes its potential if shared with others.

Throughout these weeks I have been reading, listening to  others’ shared knowing and knowledge. I have reflected on how and whether these elements exist in my world of daily practice.

My world is made up of crops. Different contexts. Different values. Different knowledges.

Like scientific paradigms, tensions arise with each demanding to be the only and most superior  form of knowing.

Can connected nodes, connected clusters of knowledge  erode tensions between different cultures of knowledge? Or is the eternal struggle, of  tension between different cultures of knowledge,  what can be perceived as knowing?

Knowing.

Knowledge requires interaction.

Focusing on this MOOC  #change11 demands action of learning in face of such shared  wealth of knowledge.

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Listening, Lurking, Learning

The current MOOC – Education, Learning and Technology – #change11 – began some weeks ago. Having known about it since George Siemens first announced the current MOOC in the summer, only now am I crossing the boundary of lingering, loitering  and visibly participating on the course. I have attended some live sessions, and naturally enjoyed reading the many contributions by participants in their #change11 blogs.

Stepping from the shadows into the light takes time.  Time to make sense, time to question, time to connect.

All connections are crops. Fragmentary beads of light and life, of knowledge and knowing, learning and sharing. As crops connect, so too is awareness raised, contributing to the dynamic collective consciousness which impulses one forward. New fields of knowing, new energies to share and pass on to others.

This blog is about crops – connections between windows of questions, reflections, and being an active participant on a MOOC.

As I begin my process of planting, cropping,  reaping connections, my sincerest thanks to all current participants who have shared and taught me so much so far.

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