Connecting the dots for meaningful information

To draw the picture we need to understand the environment/events/networks and to demystify the complexity of the information we have collected. Our picture will stand out and will present new landscapes that we may need to explore. Dots are somehow connected and perception of the picture depend on the angle of sight which varies with the distance.
The picture may be differently perceived according to the closeness and how things are related to each other. There are different perceptions/views; if we consider them and we think out of the box, we will get the whole picture.

The angle of Sight varies with the distance

Dots are somehow connected and if we can not make connection, we may consider to change the angle of our sight.

Our world today is about connecting the digital dots. The challenge is in dealing with the complexity—the dots are multidimensional, of varying sizes and colors, continuously changing, and linked to others, as yet unimagined dots. Nonetheless, to successfully connect the dots at any level in cyberspace means we must be literate, both digitally and visually. Educause


Don’t reject a positive troll

According to Wikipedia:

a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

We had started a discussion (1) (2) in Jaap’s blog about (un)happy people in a network. In which I underlined the fact that all trolls are not negative and destructive. A positive troll sends some signals (new approach, new way of doing things, “strange” plan …) that may annoy the whole network. If one troll didn’t agree with the whole group and the group “quarantines” him/her… it is safer to change the land, start a new “network life” and build whatever s/he believes in. Sometimes the group may act as the body when he rejects the pacemaker device implanted to save person’s life! Even the pacemaker is necessary, the intelligence of the body is that the immune system rejects all strange things in it.
We don’t want to live in a “Seagull community” and being banned as Jonathan Livingston who was rejected from his community because he wanted to explore, to know, to learn something new Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a book written By Richard Bach:

I don’t mind being bone and feathers, mom. I just want to know what I can do in the air and what I can’t, that’s all. I just want to know.

The question here is how to classify trolls as negative or positive?

In my humble opinion, I think positive trolls come with solutions, propositions, ideas and negative ones find path-holes, stuck and send negative thoughts for the sake of annoying others. John Lennon stated: “There are no problems, only solutions” that means if we focus on the stimulus itself without catching the right message, we may quarantine and reject positive trolls and offend them. Sometimes, it is also a lack of communication, someone may express something that it is received and perceived as negative and annoying.

Don’t reject trolls specially if we know that they are successful people in their field, they see things differently and they express them differently because we speak different languages and we have different backgrounds … Be careful, lack of communication destroy all bridges and make networks as weak as spider’s web.

Unwritten Knowledge Vs. Unthinking

Skip Ward presented in his video 5 key ideas about the online course for CCK11 (Connectivism and Connective Knowledge 2011) and he ended up his talk by “You can’t unthink“. Surely we can not unthink but we need to record our thinking to not only share it with others but also to make it growing bigger by fulfilling one’s specific needs.

Imagine yourself in a maze of “unwritten information” and your goal is to develop a knowledge throughout this big maze; first of all you need to build a social network because unwritten knowledge is distributed over many people and accessing resources (data and knowledge) is very important to connect dots and nodes in the space-time dimension. Challenge will occur in fractal dimension where complex variables interfere for creating a big picture of what is known and what is not. We need to demystify the complexity of learning in some areas and make it accessible to everybody by presenting it in different shapes and colors, in different terms and formats so that people in all level take advantage in developing their learning.

Lady with veil

The lady of wisdom has so much unwritten knowledge and experience that it could fill a library when ‘unveiled’

Same thing will happen for “Unwritten Knowledge when it become Written”.

The Love of Triangle: C.I.T

I Joined CCK11, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about Connectivsim and Connective Knowledge. From the first Elluminate recording session, the Facilitator of the MOOC, G.Siemens, talked about the core elements of learning: Create-Interact-Track. he added:

… If we make our learning transparent… it’s like assuming a teaching role

Interactions with one’s artifact increase intrinsic motivation and create connection between people and knowledge. Everything is connected somehow but each of us may have different vision of how to connect different dots in a given space.
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I have introduced in the Plearn blog the principle of ELIS Wheel : Explore, Learn, Interact and Socialize in the learning process. We need to create something and share it with others in the cloud and we need to interact to enhance intrinsic and extrinsic motivations in the crowd’s spirit.

Enjoy your learning and keep going!