Connectivism and connective Knowledge 2011:
When browsing trough comments in the first week, there is a lot about confusion. And I am no exception.
So I liked Mattias' post: Confusion - a catalyst for learning? Because it was leading the way to a positive attitude towards confusion.
However as I understood it, it was descriptive, so I was wondering whether confusion can be described in terms of a learning context.
Confusion means not being in control, not being in control means a pattern (situation) cannot identified / recognized in the patterns of existing connections (is not in our knowledge). So confusion is the statement that pattern recognition does not work for a certain pattern. In a learning process this is an essential statement, because only this kicks off the conclusion: for understanding a new / extended network is needed. Confusion fades away, when a new network is established, capable of sense making for the pattern in question. Fear is the conclusion of not being capable of creating a network that is adequate for sense making for the pattern in question.