Dawkins: 17 May 2010 (RW)
What is interesting about self-organisation is that

The Networked Learning Conference in Aalborg in May 2010 provided, to coin a phrase, a wonderful affordance for discussing the affordances of networks.

Etienne Wenger did a great presentation and raised a number of issues in terms of Communities of Practice. Here ( CANs, Communities and Learning 3.doc ) is a response to some of the issues in his paper, and in his paper Learning for a Small Planet, and in the conference in general. Its an attempt to pull together a range of ideas across networked learning, in what looks to me to be an emerging field of CANs - complex-adaptive networks.

The question for me is whether we need the framework, language and discourse of complexity theory to describe, understand, and analyse the 'augmented reality' of web3 social networks, and learning that might make use of them, or even be embedded in them. For me the answer is yes - not necessarily to al the jargon, although it is attractive (no pun intended) and specific to the field. Wenger in many ways says many of the same things, in plain language.

So its the conceptual framwork, as a design, management and heuristic device that interests me.

Cross linked to http://www.roys-discourse-typologies.blogspot.com/