Nomad, migrant, lurker, blogger or networker?

This time I’ll put myself on a web participation map by using some blog posts that have touched me. First I take a post of Wolfgang Greller. He considers himself as a veteran moocer, a migrant that comes again and again, and seems to enjoy the way he participates. He sees happy participants around him, a respectful community. Wolfgang’s blog got me to think that why I am not as happy as he. What is wrong in my attitudes or are my experiences (I am a veteran, too) so different that I have not-so-positive feelings.

The blog post that got me to write was Alan Cooper’s answer to Jenny Mackness’s blog post about a selfish blogger (a concept coming from Tony Bates week in Change11 course). Alan told that he follows moocs through others’ blogs for instance Jenny, and this touched me because I behave in the same way. I have no need to subscribe to courses, I want to be free and follow everything I want. So the concept Selfish Blogger interested me, it is just what I am (and Alan and Jenny). Perhaps “selfish” is not a good concept, independent could be better?

A blog is an own place to gather everything needed, wanted, for reflection and evaluation. Discussion around blog posts was considered by Tony, Alan and Jenny. Tony saw that discussions of Change11 happened in blogs (he was a facilitator during one week). Is this a problem, was Tony’s question. Or is it a normal way of participation in moocs. Alan thought that” postings in small isolated blogs can be integrated into larger discussions. And he wanted to go further to add that if we believe in open, networked learning then we should strive to make that integration as effective as possible. One step in the right direction is to integrate trackbacks into the comment stream.” That is something I can agree with.

Still one touching blog post: Dan Pontefract describes variability of possibilities to participate digitally. His diagram gives interesting concepts: Access to digital world is not clear in all countries, it is good to keep in mind. Collaborative Learner got me to remember “visitors and residents“, that description of David White (Oxford University) which I appreciate greatly.It helped me to understand my living in web, sometimes as a resident and sometimes as a visitor.

It is time ” to re-categorize the foolish Prensky and Tapscott terms of Net Generation, Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants into a classification that encompasses all ages and takes into account the realities of access and participation level” – thanks to Dan Ponterfract for this sentence.

Willing Participant sounds suitable for mooc participation, not because of technical problems but lack of time. Almost everyone tells that I should read more and think more and participate, but I have my work and family and other interests.

What have I learned by writing this post? I need new concepts for understanding behavior in digital worlds. Autonomy is not a peace of cake, it’s hard work in which you have to find yourself again and again. Thanks to the bloggers I mentioned – I used you all as my critical, narrative friends in my learning journey. See you again!

6 thoughts on “Nomad, migrant, lurker, blogger or networker?

  1. Hi Heli – thanks very much for this link to Dan Pontefracts blog post -which has made me think. Two things come to mind:
    1. The Collaborative Learner Quadrant sticks out for me, because I don’t equate high access and high participation with collaboration. I think collaboration is the wrong word to use here, but have to admit that I can’t think of an alternative.
    2. I don’t really like to hear well-intentioned researchers called ‘foolish’. Whilst thinking about the Net Generation, Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants may have moved on – we wouldn’t be having this discussion at all had they not raised it in the first place. Everyone’s contribution, unless maliciously and deliberately destructive as in the case of ‘trolls’ is valuable in the long run.
    Jenny

  2. Hi Jenny and thanks

    Now I’ll comment your comments:
    1. Yes, the quadrants up-side could be named differently. For instance Connected lurker could be Learning Lurker, and Collaborative Learner could be Contributing Guy/ Learner, Active Participation or .. One of my Finnish friend is reading this book of Hanging around etc http://books.google.fi/books?id=CRe01HDPY7gC&lpg=PP1&dq=ito%20Hanging%20out&hl=fi&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q=ito%20Hanging%20out&f=false
    so there are concepts and new will come

    2. Perhaps foolish was not a proper word, but I agreed with the writer because I am so tired to hear that old people are outside the web, we are NOT.

    I’ve to check Akismet, I don’t understand why your comment was marked as spam, good that you told me.
    Good night, see you again
    Heli

  3. Hi Heli,
    Haven’t been in touch with you for sometime. Glad to learn your views about the selfish blogger syndrome. You said:”Or is it a normal way of participation in moocs.” I have accustomed to that way of blogging, and so I have gradually “stayed” away from other ways of conversation, like forum posting. It takes more time & efforts to be truly engaged in forum sharing, as it could be “rapid” fire exchanges, in the case of CCK08, and in certain CCK09 Moodle discussions. I understand that you are not as happy as you would have expected. You said: “What is wrong in my attitudes or are my experiences (I am a veteran, too) so different that I have not-so-positive feelings.” I don’t see that is relating to the way we connect in MOOC, but occasionally, I did feel not yet ready to connect with people that I didn’t know much, so I may be with you, in terms of the feelings. May be, there is nothing wrong altogether, with not that connecting to “everybody else”. In my “private conversation” with many others, I did share those feelings more “openly”. Perhaps vulnerability is not perceived as “positive in the minds” of bloggers.

  4. Hi John,
    nice to meet you again. You have been active in Twitter and FB, I haven’t. It is nice that you answered on a personal level, we know each other since 2008 or 2009 .. I did not subscribe to Changemooc because I have no need to belong to that crowd. But I am building my way and found many interesting happenings and new names – and I blog around my interests.
    Vulnerability is a proper concept, thanks, I had forgotten it. See you…

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