The New Disorder of Knowledge. Freedom, Chaos andLearning
| Instituto Cervantes de Utrecht, The Netherlands
| Barcelona, Spain
Grupo Nodos ELE :
“Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech”, not as in “free beer” Richard Stallman"A very large part of what we know, and how we know it is fluid, evolutionary and context dependent" Dave Snowden
The new Network is representing a change in the way we conceive Learning. We aremoving from an old hierarchy to a distributed disorder in which identity is reformulatedand chaos becomes a new form of organization. Education needs to change dramaticallyand adapt to the new reality, or even 2.0 won't have enough time to launch lifeboats towater.What we call
Relatively Organized Chaos
has to do with Freedom and Responsibility of individuals and, therefore, with cultural aspects rather than technological ones. Aslanguage teachers (ELE / SFL, Spanish as a Foreign Language), we are in a privileged position to implement these changes. That is because, in part, we have dealt with thesetopics for a long time, through documents and research as important as the CommonEuropean Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or the new Spanish InstitutoCervantes Curriculum (IPPC), that advocates an action-oriented approach focused onthe learner and it has put into fair value strategies and processes. From there, we mustincrease the "resilience" capacity of the existing frameworks in order to make themmore flexible (“chaotic”) and focused on long-term learning ("learning for life"), allwithin what
called“Connective Intelligence", a concept that tries to go beyond the "Collective Intelligence".Contributions as important as the “Connective Theory” (
), “Informal Learning”(
) or “Serendipitous Learning” (
) go along these lines. Theseare ideas that were born from the Network itself, unlike other educational theories suchas Constructivism, originated in pre-teaching environments, and that therefore canhardly be adapted to the new reality. We will also draw attention to other emergingconcepts, such as“Accidental Learning”:
"Every day I make an effort to go toward what I do not understand. This wandering leads to the accidental learning that continually shapes my life."
(cellist Yo-Yo Ma )What should be the position of education towards this new situation and values, whenfacing with this new order that is disorder at once? Undoubtedly, we must begin to beopen-minded and be more receptive to the new physical and virtual reality, because incase these realities don't coexist and feed each other, they are condemned to falsehood.