I read an interesting observation made by +Michael Bennett in his massive G+ post this morning… “little niche community we seem to be building here one post at a time”. (NOTE: Michael’s post at the current time has 342 plusses+, 132 reshares, 129 comments, and is still going strong)

Two days earlier, +Richard Green made a similar comment “This one post and its comments are more interesting than most whole Communities”  in +Demian Farnworth‘s G+ post  which is similarly massive (NOTE-1: Demian’s post at the current time has 52 plusses+, 6 reshares, and a whopping 226 comments, all on-topic and still going strong; NOTE-2: Demian also started another G+ post which discusses the phenomena of massive posts):

It never occurred to me, until I read both Michael and Richard’s comments together, that:

the building of communities could occur sequentially within one post, 

the communities that arise from such phenomena could be even more engaged in discussions, and more “connected” in the “open” G+ “learning environment” , than “traditionally” defined communities .

This made me Analyze the Architecture of this type of serendipitous and spontaneouscommunity building”… The following is the breakdown of the Building Blocks and Construction methods (the ABC‘s ):

(1) both discussions are Hyperactive and Informative Posts @ HIP
(2) the contributors are all Heutagogical Leading Persons @ HeLPers
(3) the scope discussed is Rhizomatic, Extensive, Amorphous, and Literally Literary @ REALLy
(4) dialog references are Creative, Open, Novel / New, Educational, Connectivist and Technological @ CONNECT

In summary, HIP HeLPers REALLy CONNECT!!!

My brain just loves acronymology! (NOTE: Reference back to a former G+ post)

NOTE: This blog was shared in G+ on June 30, 2013, and a lively discussion entailed… https://plus.google.com/u/0/117219403239374562288/posts/6r9av4rbXHb


The “Magic” of Connectivism

I received an unexpected warm surprise this morning — an email congratulating me that this blog – i12LOL! – made it to the “99 Best Resources on Open Courseware and MOOCs“. I never dreamed this could happen, especially since I still consider myself to be a “baby” in this online world.

I never blogged before this. I only started 4 months ago. In fact, I had I stayed off the grid and been in “hiding” for 6 years (except for work-related emails). I had always been fearful of new technologies (despite pretending to know what I do in my job), and I used to abhor anything that was labeled “social network”. In general, I never saw myself as a “resource” for online learners.

But I am deeply affected by this new discovery. To whoever nominated this blog — THANK YOU! … I will endeavor to persist, and now, I have a BIG reason to keep posting blogs!

To start, I’d like to share an incredible phenomena that is (still) going on in G+ (right now). A week ago, Demian Farnworth started a post in G+. Within days, it exploded into a MASSIVE dialog, involving hundreds of people, spanning endless pages of high-quality input. As of this moment, the post now has 213 comments, is STILL going strong, AND is STILL ON TOPIC.

The discussion revolves around Connectivist Culture (Siemens, 2008), the impetus for dialog in online social platforms, and the impact this phenomena has. I strongly suggest visiting this discussion thread and spending time reading through. WARNING: It will take awhile to swim through, as many of the comments have embedded links, which will carry you to a plethora of parallel resources, laden with juicy mind-boggling intellectual content. Reading this discussion thread is a Rhizomatic Learning (Cormier, 2008) experience in itself.

Link to legendary discussion thread https://plus.google.com/u/0/115630079405940076652/posts/KsdmNNeDUWN

Link to analysis of the referred thread https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#inbox/13f813cc5980e885