An interesting topic 3 brought the real life world into the academic space. In the academic space we traditionally listened, read and wrote much. If we did not master these skills we were classified as failures. However, our insights into collaboration in the ONL made me think that learning also occurs when we share, critique and develop stuff together. This is how the real world works. These insights now enable me to understand how some people are very skilled but do not have formal educational qualifications. The topic also made me think about the following: Can a person learn by collaboration alone? Is collaboration on the total opposite to individual learning? Will collaborative learning be the answer to developing graduates with real work skills so that they can be productive quicker? Many of them are not work-ready when they leave university/ college. Is collaboration the same as team work? How does it affect and is affected by introverts, shy persons, language, cultural and other barriers? As I continue the readings, webinars, and video-clips I am sure the answers will emerge.

Attention Today

Howard Rheingold’s article “Attention, and other 21st Century Social Media Literacies” has useful pointers on reputation and diffuse reciprocity. People have to use this to build their personal learning networks. Important questions here that I can take to my students are: Which people are you going to allow into your attention sphere? Who is going to take up your mind space? Is the person trustworthy? Entertaining? Useful? An expert?

With the glut of content, the solution can be critical consumption.