Building New Learning with New Language: Feldgangs, Wirearchy, Connected Learning:

This is a classic internet story of networked knowing, written quickly, probably wrong, but at least it is down for others to join in the conversation.

It began with a tweet. How quaintly networked. Follow this feldgang, this fieldwalk, this informal learning if you will.

So I went to Adam Wright’s blog.

Social Networks and Student Achievment

“social network hub”by Mathias.Pastwa is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 I have just finished reading Essential features of effective networks in education (2015) by Santiago Rincon-Gallardo and Michael Fullen. On the first page of the article they make a statement about the level of research regarding social networks.

I walked through the article. It cites some research which is behind a paywall. Luckily, I have access to the paywall so that you can read the article, even annotate it with a tool like Here it is:

I think the gist of the post is a call for case studies of social networks that helped students learn. There is more to it than that, but that is what I took from it.

I responded this way in a comment. The comment is embedded so as to allow for you to follow me and add to it or edit it.

For my #clmooc readers who are celebrating July and August with explorations of fieldwalks, this is another example of an effective learning network or what I call a feldgang or what Jon Husband called a ‘wirearchy’.

A feldgang is a wirearchy writ small. It is exactly what CLMOOC sponsored–connectivism. I think that if Adam Wright is looking for something that is institutionally manageable then he would do well to look at what we are doing with feldgangs-effective networks, both within and without ourselves, winding around much like this blog post and knowing that although the walk appears to end now, it just bends down the road a bit, carrying on with learning. Informal. Casual. Open-ended

a gravel lane winding away downhill
The road winds on, made by walking it.


  1. // Reply

    Understanding networks is the first step toward “nudging networks”. That’s a message from Valdis Krebs, a SNA expert who I’ve been following since mid 2000s.

    The #clmooc example is a good one to look at, which is why I point to it often. Sarah Honeychurch has been pointing to some network analysis work in her Tweets, such as here.

    In this page on my web site I point to many network analysis resources and show my own interest. I think there is much that others could learn by following this path.

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