Learning – knowing where


My understanding of knowledge is being stretched and remixed some more as I read George Siemens’s “Knowing Knowledge”. I blogged about how knowledge is contextual and is held together by a network of connections here. I then went on to blog (here) about know-whatknow-whyknow-how and know-who. It seems that I missed out on one important form of knowing: know-where (or is it nowhere? ). Siemens sees it like this:

Here is what I understood from his descriptions of knowledge and learning:

Learning is more than knowledge acquisition (p. 25). It is the process of creating networks (p. 29): External networks where we connect and form information and knowledge sources and internal networks where decision-making (about what to learn and to know) and pattern recognition and connection making occurs. It is adding new nodes, adjusting the importance of the existing connections. “The connections that enable us to learn more are more important than our current state of knowing” (p. 30).

So, learning relates to knowing-where (p.32).

Knowing where (which nodes: expert, library, internet site, etc.) to go to find the knowledge. Because knowledge exists in networks. “The learner aggregates relevant nodes… and relies on each individual node to provide needed knowledge.”

Knowledge and learning are processes that execute an intricate dance that occurs in networks:

“To learn is to come to know. To know is to have learned.”



Siemens, G. (2006). Knowing knowledge. Retrieved from http://www.elearnspace.org/KnowingKnowledge_LowRes.pdf

USB Blended Learning. (2014, January 24). Overview of connectivism – Dr. George Siemens [Video      file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx5VHpaW8s

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