Rhizomatic learning, group think and connections in #rhizo15


To learn rhizomatic one needs connections.
The more connections the better, because knowledge and learning is in the connections. *)
That is why I strongly agree with people who do connect discussions on facebook with those on twitter. This is a very connective and rhizomatic idea. Open up the group and add new connections.

Daniel Clark shares some knowledge about open and closes group processes:  The American psychologist Irving Janis (Janis, I. (1972). Victims of Groupthink: a Psychological Study of Foreign-Policy Decisions and Fiascoes. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.) developed the concept of “groupthink” to describe irrational and even dangerous decision-making that can take place within closed groups. https://learningshrew.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/rhizo15-balancing-cohesion-and-openness-in-communities/ . Makes me think of the secret history of Donna Tartt.

This group think is a danger to rhizomatic learning. A mass of New connections are necessary to open up new views and knowledge. Rhizomatic learning seems to be a rather creative learning process and not a conservative learning process.

Mariana Funes wrote a very interesting blog on this group think

*) This note is added November 2016, after reading https://mdvfunes.com/2016/11/02/predicting-badly-or-why-we-need-an-external-observer/ . as a comment on that blogpost. More connections are a means to avoid groupthink. I need to stress that my point of view should be clear here. I am writing as a student and a member of different groups and networks and not as a member of one group.
So if in #rhizo15 a student is tempted to join the crowd and the groupthink, other connections (colleagues, friends, books, and of course teachers.) could help to avoid group think.
I do agree on the dangers of an in-group. You say that massive connection is a potential way to avoid the danger. This obscures the issue that if an in-group exists, then newcomers may not be forthcoming or may come into the group and leave without influencing it.


connectivist student behavior

source: wikipedia
John B. Watson source: wikipedia

Scott Johnson commented (thank you) on the tool guide for teachers and mentioned Susan M. Land And Michael J. Hannafin list of student centered learning.

“TABLE i. Traditional Instruction versus SCLEs Instruction Student-Centered Learning Environments
transmission, acquisition      interpretation, construction
mastery, performance           meaning making
external reality                        internal reality
dualism, absolutism

cultural relativism, perspectival
abstract, symbolic                 contextualized, authentic, experiential
individually interpreted        socially negotiated, co-constructed
mind-centered                       community-based, culturally mediated

etc.   ”

But this is a constructivist list of student centered learning. I like the non-behavioristic approach of the list, and I am not happy with the constructivist view.  Do we need  a list of student behavior in learning?
Could we find a list of connectivist student centered learning?

What about this little list of student behavior in connectivism?

relating to
create patterns
display patterns
maneuver around networks
forming connections
extending cognitive ability
using tools to distribute knowledge
be aware of context
share knowledge
make sense
make meaning
make Coherence
filter the chaos
being current
celebrating diversity
search for a spectrum of points of view
improve capacity to know
nurture connections
maintain connections
be able to see connections

What is your view on connectivist student behavior?
Could you comment on this list and add items or improve items?

John Broadus Watson (January 9, 1878 – September 25, 1958) was an American psychologist who established the psychological school of behaviorism. (Wikipedia)