“Knowledge and Our Structures” by George Seimens cover much of the same ground as his previous “Connectivism” article. The half life of knowledge requires a new direction in human learning. But he goes farther on this theme, and argues that to survive in the modern age, a person must learn to be innovative, and translate the knowledge and information that he/she acquires to solve uniquely modern problems. He quotes Einstein as saying that ‘significant problems facing our generation will not be solved at the same level of thinking which created the problems.’ We need to use the modern ways of communicating -namely, the internet- as a way of moving knowledge.

As a side note, I found it interesting that to be reading a article about the modern internet era from 2006 that knows nothing of facebook or twitter, and uses Netscape being supplanted by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as an example of the changing face of the technology. I hadn’t thought of Netscape for years. I’m interested in what Seimens would think of a time when twitter is a major means of communication. Then again, the fact that his examples are almost absolete only five years later largely proves his point.

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