ANALYSING THE STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES OF LEARNING NETWORKS

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Peter Goodyear
16 November 2012

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Francesca Pozzi
1:37pm 14 December 2012


Dear Peter et al.,
I have enjoyed reading this contribution, which offers a fresh view on the analysis of learning networks.

I have found the first part of the chapter useful, as it provides definitions and gives the theoretical framework for the contribution. Then you argue that, in analogy with what happens when you want to analyze urban architecture, analyzing networked learning should involve two levels: a) focusing on activities and experiences of individual participants and b) focusing on structural qualities of the network itself.
To focus on the qualities of the network, you draw on Alexander’s work, and consider two fundamental properties: strong centers and rapid urbanization.

The overall idea of the paper is certainly evocative, but I don’t know to what extent this parallelism/analogy between urban architecture and networked learning can be carried out ; this is probably because I don’t know the other 13 properties defined by Alexander, but I guess this might apply to other readers too, so I suggest that you give an idea of the other properties and make some other example, so that the analysis is more complete.

One more comment: the section entitled ‘Concluding comments’ is probably too short and not complexly clear (for example the idea of the 3 connections is mentioned, but these are not explained in detail), so probably a more in-depth description of these lines would strengthen this section and the whole paper.

I hope you find the suggestions useful.

All the best,

Francesca

Francesca Pozzi
1:37pm 14 December 2012


Dear Peter et al.,
I have enjoyed reading this contribution, which offers a fresh view on the analysis of learning networks.

I have found the first part of the chapter useful, as it provides definitions and gives the theoretical framework for the contribution. Then you argue that, in analogy with what happens when you want to analyze urban architecture, analyzing networked learning should involve two levels: a) focusing on activities and experiences of individual participants and b) focusing on structural qualities of the network itself.
To focus on the qualities of the network, you draw on Alexander’s work, and consider two fundamental properties: strong centers and rapid urbanization.

The overall idea of the paper is certainly evocative, but I don’t know to what extent this parallelism/analogy between urban architecture and networked learning can be carried out ; this is probably because I don’t know the other 13 properties defined by Alexander, but I guess this might apply to other readers too, so I suggest that you give an idea of the other properties and make some other example, so that the analysis is more complete.

One more comment: the section entitled ‘Concluding comments’ is probably too short and not complexly clear (for example the idea of the 3 connections is mentioned, but these are not explained in detail), so probably a more in-depth description of these lines would strengthen this section and the whole paper.

I hope you find the suggestions useful.

All the best,

Francesca

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