Once again it has been a bit of time since I last posted. I’ve been focusing on work for the past month, but have continued to think about my thesis topic. It seems that my thesis topic has found it’s way into my everyday consciousness. I guess this is a good thing. I’ll take this to be serendipity that my thesis topic is of genuine interest to me. As I look at the world around me and all the various players, it is becoming clearer to me that we live in macro and micro ecosystems. The global world is certainly an ecosystem and we are all components of this ecosystem. As I type this I am sitting in a coffee shop. The coffee shop also seems to be an ecosystem with various constituents. Interactions, relationships and connections are the common denominators among the different ecosystems. The constituents may change, but there will always exist the interaction, relationships and connections (albeit in different forms between different constituents).
In the May/June 2011 EDUCAUSE Review, Diana Oblinger quotes Stephen Laster in saying that, “information technology—at its core—is a people business.” (Oblinger, 2011, 4) While I agree with this statement, I believe it is missing a crucial component: Technology is only a “people business” in that it facilitates interactions, relationships and connections between people. Quoting Laster again, Oblinger argues that the educational arena is forever being changed “as digital natives change forever the nature of being ‘in class,’ and as technology advances our notions of community, connectedness, collaboration, and learning.” (Oblinger, 2011, 4)
I like to think that taking a holistic perspective and looking at things from an ecological point-of-view is forward thinking and will help to move education and learning forward. I believe that learning should be transformative – that includes education and educational processes. In the same issue of EDUCAUSE Review, Jonathon Richter writes about the future of learning technologies:
We need a common and inspiring vision of the future — something to aim for beyond our riches, beyond our power struggles. We need something that, against all the odds we’re facing, will give us hope and strengthen our resolve to keep working toward a better place. Future vision is the only thing that has ever built, and held together, good civilizations. Schools, in their collective mission to prepare people for their future, are collectively yearning for some future focused glue as well.” (Richter, 2011, 58)
Indeed, we need to look at education as transformative and in a holistic and ecological way is essential in moving forward, especially as we become more interconnected: “Because we live in this fast-paced, INTERCONNECTED, and complex world” (Richter, 2011, 58)
Oblinger, D.G. (2011) Current Issues, Collaboration, and the Common Good. EDUCAUSE Review, 46(3), pp.4-6. Available at: [Accessed June 13, 2011].
Richter, J. (2011) In Search of Future-Focused Learning Technologies. EDUCAUSE Review, 46(3), pp.58-59. Available at: [Accessed June 13, 2011].