Monday, September 13, 2004

Blogging, learning and teaching

Coniecto has a terrific post on blogging, learning and teaching. A little something to whet your appetite:

This speech of Downes gave me wings: I was constantly asking myself how the world would look like if people would be encouraged to learn what they want, how they want, and when they want. To pick up their own masters. To be able to find friends to do parts of the travel with.

Blogging made this possible - nobody can dictate you what blogs to read, nobody can force you to make a post if you're not ready with digesting your thoughts. We can see the signs of this new type of learning - some people are doing it already, and - accidentally or not - most of them have something to do with blogs. Is this something for the grand public? Not yet. But, as Downes says, it's important to start by giving an example yourself. "We need to contribute what we know to begin this atmosphere of learning. What that does, it's to create the marketplace, the model and experience of sharing, a part of the network. And that's really all you have to do. You don't need to rewrite the world- you just need to contribute a bit of it. Feed forward!"