I have been thinking all week about connectivisim, and acknowledge that my online network plays a huge part in my learning these days. However, I am also conscious that there are a lot of people who do not want to engage with the concept for whatever reason.
Pre-conditions required for networked learning
Shelly Q has done a great job of summarizing some of the pre-conditions that need to exist before networked learning can flourish including a willingness to trust the other nodes of the network, willingness to fail as well as admit when you are wrong.
When people cannot network
I have gone a step or two further and would like to ask how learning can be supported in environments where networking, especially online networking, just will not be allowed. In particular, I am thinking about the prison environment.
Learning in prisons
There is a desperate need for education to be provided to prisoners because so many of them have only very basic literacy skills. And certainly that appears to be a focus in New Zealand prisons. But how would you use connectivist principles to support education in an environment where people are not allowed access to the Internet and are actively discouraged from networking. And how would you 'teach' if you could not access the tools that connectivism relies on such as email, Skype, YouTube and so on.
Images: Alcatraz, San Fransisco