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Chris L

As I noted on Brian's post pointing here, I wholeheartedly agree with you but I'm not seeing where the "extension" is happening. This reads to me as a way of describing the idea of a virtuous circle of social/intellectual capital... something that I first learned about from John Seeley Brown and which I've referred to often ever since because-- outside of commerce-- the fundamental driver of social networks.

Each of your examples is an expression of creating, sharing and banking social/intellectual capital. The coin of the reciprocal realm.


I can't say there's a think I disagree with here. I'm looking at a project to do some design work for our newly adopted D2L installation, but it's beginning to appear akin to putting lipstick on a pig.

I particularly like that you're not drawing distinctions between learning and non-learning. It's your personal network and you'll probably leverage it in many ways.

Tony Karrer is on about similar open learning network and community thoughts at http://elearningtech.blogspot.com/2009/03/lms-and-social-learning.html

Alan Levine

Reminds me that it is spring and time yank the dead edtech weeds in my feed reader... Which defintely is not used. Much of what you describe as almost a natural way of being online; yet from practice it still feels more exception than rule.

Yet it's more loose and sloppy than reciprocity that suggests a balanced exchange-- and that us what Ames it interesting; the surprises.

Stephen Downes

It's not about reciprocity. It's about sharing. Completely different concept.

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