Vertices, Edges and Digital Nomads
I don't claim to understand all of the data analysis that goes on when people research and examine all of the elements of our social interactions in places like Twitter and beyond. Here, for example, is what the Innovator's Mindset MOOC looked like from a data analysis viewpoint.
I grapple with making sense of it all, but it fascinates me just the same, particularly when a visual is teamed up with writing that dives into the data points. So this recently published piece by some friends in my social networking circles -- Aras, Autumm, Maha B., Sarah and Dave, and Apostolos -- caught my attention.
I'm still reading it (the title alone is a mouthful: Community Tracking in a cMOOC and Nomadic Learner Behavior on a Connectivist Rhizomatic Learning Network) .... and learning the vocabulary of research.
Some of the elements explored here about hashtags and the wandering spirit of those in networked spaces in this research article certainly caught my eye. I am one of those people. And I wander around quite a bit, hoping to connect with people and picking their brains about writing, teaching and more. The insight of how hashtags are connector points makes a lot of sense to me.
I am intrigued by the term of "nomadic learners" -- those of us who skirt and toggle between open educational spaces. In fact, that term is more fluid than the "lurker" terminology that is often used, and debated in online spaces. A nomad is forever on the move, but not just transient -- they stop, talk, chat, share, gather and then bring what they have learned to other spaces.
Or so, I hope.
As CLMOOC hosts a taste of DigiWriMo (with an open invitation to make and create and collaborate and explore), I hope we all become rather nomadic in our wanderings and in our creations, and in our connections. I'll see you on the edge of the vertices.
Peace (on the compass of imagination),