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TLT Knowledge Log

What is the changing nature/dynamic of knowledge?

Posted by C Elizabeth Thomas on August 27, 2006

http://odeo.com/audio/1406650/view

Knowledge sometimes defined as justified true belief.

Levels of knowledge…

Virtually impossible to define knowledge in a way that all will agree. How we define knowledge influenced significantly by our world view.

Basic definition: Knowledge is an entity that helps to explain some part of the world and that we can use as a source of action or something upon which we can act to make change. (Not all encompassing, but provides a start for dialog)

What has changed?

  • Pace and development. (Knowledge itself doubles every 12-24 months… per ASTD)

Most are aware of it in our daily lives… number of emails, aggregators, <information v. knowledge> , transvergence… something that occurs and one domain can be transferred to another domain…

  • Manner in which we represent knowledge. Move from text to video – audio. Knowledge centered and created by a group of corporations to everyone having the capacity to represent knowledge.
  • Access — instant updating and understanding… supported by the open source movement… MIT’s open courseware make hte opportunity for knowledge
  • Interdisciplinary awareness… interaction and communication (convergence… coming together of several disciplines… where one field benefits from the transfer of knowledge that accelerates the growth in the receiving group
  • Relationship to knowledge… morning relationship to newspaper and evening news show… information consumed in chunks of time that were determined by others… today the variety is great and not dependent on someone else’s schedule (long and involved to short snippets that is self-paced). Cognitive process of the editor to determine value have been taken on by the receiver
  • The knowledge climate has become more developed… scientific process…. information technology… enables digital movement of information and rapid broadcast… outside the traditional paper based process <My question… how do students tap into the knowledge climate for collaboration?
  • FLOW — much more scattered… used to flow through trusted means… now it’s almost like a flood without a structure and it does influence how we approach knowledge and how we derive value… what resource is trustworthy? digital literacy becomes very important
  • Lack of knowing with certainty.. learning is a sense of certainty… possessing certain absolutes about a certain discipline… most business people, educators, students required a more malleable understanding of knowledge (Carl Popper)… continual suspended certainty… “in the context and circumstances of today this is knowledge… as things change I must be able to integrate the change into what I understand as knowledge… goes beyond digital literacy skills… to know something we need to embrace ambiguity… not every problem is solveable… not everything makes sense in or own mind… may require network support
  • Knowing today is a function of networks (connectivism). Pace is too rapid for one individual to know on our own. We must create trusted networks. Karen Stevenson stores her knowledge in her friends. Network with other specialists whose work overlaps… each individual could be an expert in a domain… we can gain value from the insights they put forward.

Knowledge is fundamentally a different entity… not linear, not absorbable

Content-centric v. conduit

Capacity to know is more about network and conduit so we can stay current.

No longer pre-defined to being something that emerges in a co-creating sense. No longer a function that we experience knowledge as presented by someone else…

<This notion is prevelant in information technology… but hasn’t injected itself into the classroom fully>

  • Knowledge requires a feedback structure… capacity for a two-way web increases the capacity for continuing, on-going learning

<This ties directly to the mission… function… of Fielding… lifelong learning requires the interaction that only technology can support….>

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