Does Tweeting Help Us Think?

Reflections on dLRN 2015 reflections.

October 20, 2015

The reason that I wrote Trying to Make Sense of dLRN 2015 was that I am trying to make sense of the conference for myself.

Blogging is, for me, a method of thinking.  

Part of figuring out what I think is writing it down.

I’m thinking about all this as I read the narrative reflections on dLRN 2015 by 4 other attendees.  

Adam Croom gives us A dLRN Detox.  

Patrice Torcivia writes about Making Sense of #dLRN15.   

Tim Klapdoor has a post titled #dLRN: The Cynefin of Conferences.  

Kristen Eshleman contributes her thoughts in #DLRN15: Why Should You Trust Us?

I discovered all 4 of these reflections on Twitter - #dlrn15.

Reading these 4 wonderful reflections made me rethink my own understanding of dLRN. They made my experience richer and more complicated.

Maybe it is just me, but I don’t get near the same thinking yield from tweeting.  

My worry is that tweeting is replacing the sort of longer form reflections that we see from Adam, Patrice, Tim and Kristen.

I want more messy and fleshed-out thinking about dLRN 2015. I’d like to engage in more complex and nuanced conversations.

Help me understand if my fears of the tweetification of our community are misplaced?

Is Twitter an enabler, rather than a cannibalizer, of longer form narrative writing for conversation?

Am I stuck in the stream, when I should be instead frolicking in the garden?

Is it appropriate, and productive, to wish for more reflections like those of Adam, Patrice, Tim and Kristen?

I have no doubt that being part of the community of practice on Twitter helps us make networks, connections, and relationships.

What I'm wondering about is if tweeting helps us think?



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