Since last week it seems a different world for me. I never really thought about if there was, is, a difference between groups, networks, collectives and so on. Now I had to. I was very impressed by the story of Stephen, That Group Feeling. I agree with the tendency about how groups can be of great influence, as well in a positive as a negative way. In my work this period is signed by a sort of conflict if a group of teachers that works and learns together in a Learning Community or a Community of Practice about using web 2.0 tools in curricula more or less must be steered to reach products. A kind of group-problems occur, members wishes to work as if this is a network and not a group I think. I don’t know yet if I understand all the differences, but for me it was very useful to think about this two concepts instead of only look at this group as a group. The whiteboard-photo of Stephen and the tables in the article of Dron and Anderson are helpful for thinking further on the usability of Internet, social software and web 2.0 for students.
My grow in groups and / of networks: this course has brought me friends in Facebook, I became a member of Connecting Online C009, http://connecting-online.ning.com/profile/siavogel, I don’t feel all the members of the course are in a group with me, but I sure feel a network CCK08.
Oh yes, and I think (or hope?) my English is improved.