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Why we need a non-commercial social network for commons education?

on Fri, 12/17/2010 - 08:10

A blogpost freshly published on the P2P Foundation site about How Commercial Social Networks Hinder Connective Learning, says:

"In recent years, new socially-oriented Web technologies have been portrayed as placing the learner at the centre of networks of knowledge and expertise, potentially leading to new forms of learning and education. In this paper, I argue that commercial social networks are much less about circulating knowledge than they are about connecting users ('eyeballs') with advertisers; it is not the autonomous individual learner, but collective corporate interests that occupy the centre of these networks. Looking first at Facebook, Twitter, Digg and similar services, I argue their business model restricts their information design in ways that detract from learner control and educational use...

Knowledge is not exclusively embodied in ever growing networks of connection and affiliation, and it does not just occur through building and traversing these proliferating nodes and links. Education is clearly a social process, but it is probably much closer to an ongoing discussion or debate than an extended feast or celebration with an ever-expanding network of friends."

We could not have said it any better. It is that social process and communities of learners what we care about and are committed to nurture in the educational offers of the Commons Learning Alliance.