April 26

Module 3: Knowledge Networks-Connected Communities, Open Access and , Connected Learning



Howard Rheingold, a writer, teacher and talker through the video ‘Network Awareness, an episode with Howard Rheingold‘ discusses how he came up with the term ‘Virtual Community’.

As a ‘user’ of the tools within a ‘Virtual Community’ I am mediating with others’ in my professional networks. Academics through this course, as well as students through my classes. Interestingly, these are a continuum of human communication. This brings to mind for me, now, the need  for humans to learn communication methodologies and control since the beginning of time. How to communicate and control their own communications, along with the best tools for the purpose.

5 Elements of Web Literacy

Mindfulness is the Fundamental Element of the 5 Literacies (Attention, Craft Attention, Participation, Collaboration, Network Awareness), as written in Howard’s ‘Net Smart’ book.

Network Structure

Howard recognises that the person who understand ‘Network Structure’, made up of (Social Networks, Network Society, Internet Structure), will be better off in the world today.

Is Modern Science a Social Network?

In response to this question, Howard identifies that Einstein’s innovations and inventions of observation and thoughts were not in isolation, but through the entire Scientific community.

Which Networks are Most Likely to Create Innovation?

Howard states the most important finding of the Generation of Knowledge to be “the diversity of the network is more important than the size, or of the individual expertise of the members”.

Is there are risk to the diversity of the network?

Controls are the conflicts and risks to diversity.

Whilst some people are unaware the Internet is more than Facebook, large scale corporations such as Google, Amazon and Apple are trying to define the Internet as their brand.

The entertainment industry is trying to use government rules and regulations to control the Internet.

3.1 Open, social and participatory media.



O’Connell, J. (2014). INF530 Concepts and Practices in a Digital Age [Module 3: Knowledge networks – Connected communities, open access, and connected learning].
Retrieved from Charles Sturt University website: http://digital.csu.edu.au/inf530/module-3-knowledge-networks-connected-communities-open-access-and-connected-learning/

Rheingold, H. (2014). NETWORK AWARENESS, and episode with Howard Rheingold. [Video]. Retrieved from http://vimeo.com/86182564