The happy network, a fairy tale #cck11

This is a story about responsability in a connectivist network.

I like the story because the responsibility fits nicely in the connectivist paradigm. It is all about responses (answers)  and questions. “..If I am, does this mean that the network has some sort of power over me and what I can post on my blog? How does this relate to autonomy, which is a key principle of connectivism?…”Jenny Mackness on autonomy and accountability .


9 thoughts on “The happy network, a fairy tale #cck11

  1. Hi Jaap,

    I like the story but do we really need an angry person to dampen the mood? Ignoring people on an individual basis is enough. That way the network can puddle along talking about openness, freedom and the actualized individual without ever having to raise above the self-congratulatory warmth of just having heard a really good sermon–and having the good taste to be a member of that exemplary church.

    Networks are also arrays of individuals separated and easily isolated. There’s nothing systemically inclusive in a network. In fact, participation of any one person or group, which I consider a hallmark of education, is designed out of networks in favour of resilience.

    Like your illustrations!


  2. Happiness is contagious and negativity is contagious too. If we work on making negative people positive, we will waste our time and our energy. Happiness must come from within and sometimes unhappy people may enhance a very good change and sometimes can be destructive. It is then important to be positive and critical thinker without hurting others and destruct others’ work.

  3. Hi Scott, thanks for your comment, makes me think deeper on this subject.
    Being ignored sometimes is not funny, I agree, but when I am in the city almost everybody ignores anybody. In cities that is normal behavior. That is the downside of the freedom in the city.
    Learning in a network is fine for me, as I am a working man and not able to attend classes.
    Connecting to people can help in learning a great deal. But hostility in groups (bullying) can be a problem. I do not know if participation is a hallmark of education/schooling. In many situations it is necessary to be connected to real people, I agree.

  4. Hi Jaap,
    That’s an interesting visual story on networks. You have added a mysterious dimension on what might have happened inside the connections and the nodes, that has created the suspense for any one who wants to know more. What a creative piece of art! I have responded here with some pictures. Your pictures in action would surely make a great impact on the Learning Analytics. I just enjoyed reading it.
    Thanks so much

  5. Might be worth considering difference between an ecology, a network and a community?
    When Rheingold writes of twitter literacy he writes
    Twitter is not a community, but it’s an ecology in which communities can emerge. That’s where the banal chit-chat comes in: idle talk about news, weather, and sports is a kind of social glue that can adhere the networks of trust and norms of reciprocity from which community and social capital can grow.
    Maybe a mooc is not a community either.
    Without recipricosity, responsibility, accountability…
    Maybe we expect too much.

  6. Ailsa, you are right about MOOC not a community in a strict sense. In this CCK11 MOOC more than 700 people do follow the course. But a small circle of people in MOOC is connecting and discussing. In real life it is the same: in the village I live in are about 2500 inhabitants, and most of them I do not connect to. And still the village is a community, I think. Depends on definition of community.

  7. I am curious. What happens to the happy people and the unhappy person? Do they dis-connect? Do the happy people go back to being happy again? Where does the unhappy person go? Why is s/he unhappy? Has s/he destroyed the happiness?

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