Jenny is asking why we often try to capture and … package something. If I understood McGilchrist correctly, this is a feature of one of the two fundamental “modes of operation” of our brain,
and much of our daily life consists of collapsing (“-“) nested logical containers, or expanding (“+”) them, so much that we finally notice the unbalance.
The occasion for her question was George’s framework for MOOCs. I think there is nothing wrong with a framework — as long as we are aware of its limitations. And I am sure that George is aware of them. Long ago, he similarly discussed a connectivism taxonomy, arguing
“I imagine instead of a taxonomy, I should create a networked view of how these elements interact. That’s a future task. For now, here is a connectivism taxonomy”
And there is nothing wrong with either approach of trying to make the difficult terms clearer — unless the terminology is abused for claiming rock solid evidence for yet another ultimate prescription. I trust that the 9 components of the Framework cannot easily be abused that way.