Folksonomies, memes and misunderstanding

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Taking issue with it in his blogpost he says: "A folksonomy loses its qualities as a folksonomy once you have someone 'organising' it, and will quickly become a taxonomy." They tend to emerge without being planned and spread virally. Folksonomy is not chaotic though, and does require some organisation by individuals - there is always some intelligence behind it, or as James Surowiecki has aptly suggested - the 'wisdom of the crowd'.

Learning pathways

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Hase and Kenyon contextualise heutagogy with reference to complexity theory, and suggest a number of characteristics including 'recognition of the emergent nature of learning' and 'the need for a living curriculum'. There is also evidence that learning communities informally decide their own priorities, often observed in the emerging folksonomies that result when digital content is organised, shared and curated.

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The changing Web

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remains a contested label for new and emergent properties that are found on the Web. Debate focuses on whether the emerging social applications constitute a sea change or revolution in the Web (cf. has spawned concepts such as folksonomy, ‘Darwikianism’ and the ‘wisdom of the crowds’ (Kamel Boulos et al, 2006). and Wheeler, S (2007) The emerging Web 2.0 wikis Folksonomy social networking podcasting education tagging RSS darwikianism learning

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E-Learning Authoring Tools Characterized

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Includes social-networking sites, video-sharing sites, wikis, blogs, mashups and folksonomies. Looking at Table 1, you'll see that I’ve asterisked the bottom category; it's a testament to the evolution of web technologies over the six short years since Horton & Horton’s text was published, but a whole new category of authoring tools has emerged, so in my view it's justified to add this Read/Write Web (or Web 2.0)

Building Your Upskilling Strategy: Data vs. People


Those skills were then matched to qualified workers, and a workforce mobility solution emerged. This approach leverages the data and actions of your employees, resulting in a dynamic folksonomy of sorts that can be used for social learning as well as organizational curation.

LearnTrends: Microlearning

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Current definitions: Microlearning emerges from microcontent. folksonomy rather than standardization. These are my live blogged notes from Janet Clarey’s LearnTrends session on Microlearning. My side comments are in italics. Official description: Microlearning: Beyond Learning Objects and Just-in-time Performance Support. The need and pressure to learn continually, coupled with limited time available to learn, make new digital media viable for professional development.

Learning theories for the digital age

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How might we begin to understand the issues surrounding folksonomies, peer learning, or collaborative informal learning that seem to occur spontaneously, outside the classroom, spanning the entire globe - using old theories that were written to describe what happens in a classroom? Sure, I''m being deliberately provocative here, but it''s needed discussion: Are the old models adequate, or are any of the new theories that are emerging more apposite, or more fit for purpose?

Next generation learning

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has seen as shift toward user generated content, and the emergent property of folksonomies. The rhizonomic organisation of content will be emerge from chaotic, multi-dimensional and multi-nodal organisation of content, giving rise to an infinite number of possibilities and choices for learners.

Knowledge and Learning In The News - 10/16/2005

Big Dog, Little Dog

Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, assessing the maturity, impact and adoption speed of 44 technologies and trends over the coming decade. Folksonomy' Carries Classifieds Beyond SWF and 'For Sale' - New York Times. October 16, 2005. Reflections. Awakening Faith in an Alternative Future" by Peter Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers. Drawn from the introductory chapters of Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future. Hype Cycle - Gartner Group.

The survival of higher education (2): Changing times

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I will then speculate on the current changes in practice that might emerge, both for the institution and the teacher. This is a contested label for new and emergent properties that are found on the Web. Debate centres upon whether the emerging social applications constitute a sea change or revolution in the Web (cf. This is a continuation from yesterday''s post on changing roles , disruptive innovation and the survival of higher education.

The architecture of learning

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The emergent properties of content organisation are folksonomies, and are the product of loose organised that is bottom-up rather than top-down. One of the characteristics of Web 2.0, according to the man who coined the phrase, is to be found in its architecture. As far as Tim O'Reilly is concerned, Web 2.0 tools are configured in such a way that they 'get smarter the more people use them.' This facet was explained very clearly in Michael Wesch's excellent video Web 2.0.

Taskonomies: Why beer and diapers go well together

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I also love the idea of Folksonomies instead of taxonomies. And some even put beer next to the diapers, so that when a shopper makes a late night, emergency trip to get more diapers, why there is the beer, temptingly convenient. Thanks eLearningPost for reminding me about Don Norman and the , and specifically the post titled Logic Versus Usage: The Case for Activity-Centered Design Reading The Design of Everyday Things had strong impact on my career.

EDEN saw play.

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sessions, which came under the heading of 'Emerging New Media and technology'. Tom Wambeke's (KATHO, Belgium) session entitled 'Educational Blogging: in search of a general taxonomy', concluded that folksonomies were less hierarchical and more appropriate measures of blogs. Now I've had time to reflect upon the EDEN Conference in Napoli last week, I can report that it was a successful conference.

Learning and KM: Separated at birth?

Jay Cross

A social media consumer, HBS professor, MIT research scientist, and author, McAfee focuses on how emergent social software platforms are benefiting enterprises, and how smart organizations and their leaders are making effective use of them to share knowledge, inspire innovation, and enable decision making. T wo years ago, DevLearn and KM World took place simultaneously in downtown San Jose.

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