Networked Learning and Higher Education

In the article (Networked Learning as Experiential Learning), Gardner Campbell believes that George Kuh missed a very important form of experiential learning in his monograph. Indeed, it is true that networked learning in the form of online technologies is a handy and emerging tool for the students.  As Gardner points out, it is not only about learning apps, social media, and the web but about learning the organizing principles of networked learning. Digital libraries and electronic journals are some examples of the experiential nature of the cyberspace.

Nowadays, it has become easier for students to network with other professionals across the globe. Social media platforms like Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Academia.edu, ResearchGate and, Linkedin make it possible for an emerging student researcher to share work. According to Tim Hitchcock in his article (Twitter and Blogs ), blogging and tweeting regularly helps to spread your work to an eager audience who sometimes like it and sometimes critic it. A healthy debate and discussion are always fruitful – it might lead to finding collaborators for your research work.

Martha Stone in the article (Unleashing the Power of Networked Learning ) poses some good questions on this hot topic. She says, “The educational design of any course in higher education institution has not changed much in the past few years, so what has changed?”.  She goes on to answer that “The top-down, center-out approach to traditional education is dramatically diminished. Learner-generated, informal interactions, short messages, and nonverbal media are the norm in these networked learning situations”.

I think the students are accepting the norms of Networked Learning in Higher Education and it is high time that the teachers, education administrators and course designers understand and incorporate this. What do you think about Networked Learning in Higher Education? Are there any changes? Are we going in the right direction?