[iDC] Can DIY education be crowdsourced?
neo at neoscenes.net
Tue Sep 6 18:40:35 UTC 2011
I understand that on this list contemporary levels of technological mediation
are celebrated are augmenting education as a process of socialization (vs
perhaps a strengthening of community). My assumptions regarding this is to
maintain a strong consciousness of what is a gradually shifting base-line of
human connection. I believe that the embodied meatspace messiness of the
encounter of the Self with the (unknown) Other is the baseline for any social
learning process. This is the origin of my comments...
> As Jon said, we'd like to think about how community sites and online social mediators can contribute to self education.
(DIY) Learning has to be relevant, and that relevancy needs to be delineated by
those who are participating in the community (of learners). As long as
'crowd-sourcing' is a term that describes that participatory (community)
engagement it will describe the optimal process of generating collective
knowledge. But if it begins to bleed over into dominantly external sourcing of
knowledge that is not purely relevant to the community of learners it should
become the object of tempered suspicion as to its (ir)relevancy to the
community. I believe that transcendent (and thus fully relevant) knowledge may
be generated locally by any grouping of individuals who have attentive and open
engagement with each Other. There is no particular need to search externally
for knowledge -- and in our time, this flood of external (hyper-socializing)
knowledge is becoming particularly problematic...
A community without any f-2-f component who attempts this generation of relevant
knowledge promulgates an increasing degree of deeply operating alienation
because sustained f-2-f engagement will reveal far more profound difference and
thus, more profound effort must be made to find the corresponding relevancy,
which leads to stronger community ties. The greater the techno-social mediation
of community, the greater the ease in finding surficial relevancy which supports
(only) relatively weaker ties.
A particular example of this (only covertly insidious, but indicative of the
breadth of the process operating in 'our' social system):
exploring cosmological patterns of flow @
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