Networked Publics: Learning and Creating as Global, Interconnected, Interactive Community Enterprise

“Openly networked” is one of the connected learning principles because learning always has been as much or more of a social than a strictly individual enterprise — and because the age-old human proclivity for operating in social networks has been vastly amplified by digital media and networks. Consider the difference between writing an essay for the teacher and maybe getting a gold star or a good grade, and publishing the same essay online and receiving comments from people around the world. In the old days, student presentations had a critical audience of one.

These days, presentations can have networked publics. An audience can respond with applause or a good grade (or, in the case of a teacher, helpful critical feedback). A public can comment, argue, link to you, join you in collective action. Like it or not, the world is a networked society, people are learning in networks, and our readers are publics as well as audiences.

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