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Brandon Hall Network

Brandon Hall, einer der bekanntesten amerikanischen E-Learning-Consultants, lädt ein, an seiner neuen Community, dem Brandon Hall Network, teilzunehmen. Noch stehen die Türen offen, das Login soll keine Hürde darstellen, so der Betreiber, aber zumindest Stephen Downes findet, dass diese Einladung in die falsche Richtung geht – mit bedenkenswerten Argumenten:

„Brandon Hall has discovered social networking, and so naturally, has built a social network site that is, as they say, „Myspace.com meets LinkedIn.“ There is, the email advertisement said, currently no cost to join – but of course, there will be eventually. I guess we can expect special events available only to members advertised around the net. You may wonder why I didn’t build something like this – I could easily have done so, and I certainly knew about this sort of approach several years ago. Simply: it’s the wrong approach. You don’t create a ’network‘ by making everybody go to your house, by charging money to access, by building walls and barriers. Networks are created when each person has his or her own space and autonomy, where communications are free and open. I guess that’s not the Brandon Hall way, though.“
Stephen Downes, 23 September 2006
[Kategorien: Online-Communities, Social Networks]