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in school as an educational process. Life-long learning is mostlystarting with a problem
then learning, not learning and thenfinding a problem.
Knowledge is Relational in Nature
On the Web, most learning (with the exception of the eLearning
course) is done on a “Search Learning” basis for small “chunks”
of knowledge to either complete the task at hand or satisfy acuriosity. We start with a relational search and explore other bitsof information and images that have some type of linked ortagged relationship, i.e. use Google.
Web learning is billions of Micro Learning Paths©
Search learning is also taking place at the same time as otherpeople on a global collaborative basis. We start with a problem,search, explore other questions and solutions, adopt the bestidea, collaborate with the real world, and if it works, do it orshare it. These over-lapping processes are called Micro LearningPaths. Each time a person publishes the global knowledge basechanges, this is a profound change in the human condition.
Fig. 2 Micro Learning Paths integrate both learners andknowledge in a mosaic of context tags.
Knowledge Was Once a One-Way Street
Library knowledge used to trickle down from great writers,artists and photographers. The state, school or library wouldselect what is best in the budget to use in the community. Entirecountries, states and locales dictated what information was to beplaced inside the
s hearts and minds.You would never think of arguing with an author, teacher orlibrarian. You would not even conceive of writing your ownthoughts
inside the pages of an author’s
book and then placing itback on the library shelf, but this is what we now do in blogs.Writing in the author
s book for the entire world to see is anoutrageous idea, yet
because the author can alsowrite back to us.Knowledge is no longer a colonial trickle-down set of dictates; itis a mosaic flood in every direction. Look in any library with aPC, and someone is publishing local ideas out into a globalknowledge-base of the world.This is the huge shift in the purpose of a library and the reasonwhy we go to a library. If you went to the executive board of your library and asked for printing presses, they would laughstating,
hat is not our business.
But it is too late. Every PC isa global printing press. Every picture and video is the eveningnews. Libraries are now global distributers of volumes of original media. Libraries are global production houses of original
thought. Colonial trickle down has a competitor.
Can you help me find
at the front desk has now evolved into
, “Can you
The Book Once Stood Alone
Books neatly separated by categories, stacks, covers and dust sitin great halls. Exceptional colleges can afford extensivecollections and only those students who can afford expensiveschools will have access to them. Soon everyone will haveaccess to the same knowledge as wealthy people do. Already,the courses at MIT are available for free to anyone with a laptopin any slum and anywhere in the world
5.1.1 Knowledge is everywhere
While not on shelves, knowledge is being scattered all over theplanet along with people publishing information and the Web2.0 tools being used to share this knowledge. Our access toknowledge is much larger than any set of physical librarybuildings or data centers, no matter how big the organization orcountry. Knowledge is now outside of the building, out of control.
5.1.2 Knowledge is collaborative
Knowledge on the Web is blurred, blended, sliced, diced andfused with other bodies of knowledge and communities of interest. We now pick and choose the key points from
pages and from anywhere in the world.We search by how things are related to one another. Even oursearches run through collaborative algorithms. Often times theoriginal question of the search is changed with each additionalsearch from other people resulting in global relationalrecommendations. Even our questioning is now collaborative.
Fig. 4 Knowledge that was once on the racks is nowfound scattered around the world.ig. 5 Human collaboration that was one across a desk isnow scattered across the world.