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December 16, 2009


Thx all for the comments!

John - I think that one difference is in access-the SMN is always on right? I think that a diversity of answers is also a key difference-maybe goes right along with diversity of backgrounds. I think you're also spot on WRT authenticity - it is critical. Let's talk to learners like we're all people.

Ethan - I think the answer is in setting the expectations up front. Let's be clear what our goals are with the network and the fact that those goals may change as the network grows.

Tim - Thx!

Hi Mark- very much liked the piece. How does Subject Matter Networks differ from say Expert Networks?... in your view is it the authenticity that is key....I like to think the future web will see value go directly to the individual/expert...but of course you are the buyer of any services need to be sure about the person... Interested in hearing more from you and others.

The idea of a Subject Matter Network is excellent. I think this is a good description for what can emerge from an already-burgeoning social network. I think we should use the term with caution- especially with non-learning professionals. When an internal social network is still in its growing stages, people who join expecting to find a subject matter network can get discouraged and 'turned off' to the idea of social networking. How do you avoid this?

So many of the terms that we hear in eLearning make me yawn. Frankly, I think a lot of them are reaches.

This one, though, I think is both practical and legitimate. Further, I think it conveys something to people who don't yet have SMNs in the way that you and I would think about them. SMNs seem to me to be something that would traslate to a noob and sound appealing... A nice combination.

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