Reflections on the FH Joanneum (Graz) E Learning Conference, 2014

Jenny Connected

This related to the design of the conference. It has also been interesting to compare my footprint with the footprint that Jutta produced prior to the conference, i.e. a footprint of her design aspirations. Much of what Jutta aspired to in her design, I experienced.

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Art I have enjoyed in 2014

Jenny Connected

I am recording here some of the exhibitions and art I have seen and enjoyed in 2014. We visited (clockwise from top left) the Johanne Larsen House and Museum in Kerteminde, the Copenhagen Art Museum, the Round Tower Exhibition, and the Copenhagen Design Museum.

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KM World 2014: Some Useful Workshops

Portals and KM

KM World 2014 will be held in Washington DC at the Grand Hyatt from November 4 to 7. A team of Change Agents discusses leading organizational concepts such as: new models for organizational design, the power of self-organization, social and organizational network analysis, and more. It is great event. I used go regularly and highly recommend it to anyone interested in helping workforces perform at their maximum levels.

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NOLA 2014 Jazz Fest Highlights: Some Post-Fest Events

Portals and KM

There was a crawfish boil and the event was designated as the first annual Oak Street Block party. This is my second New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festiva l and once again I attended every day. I have now posted my highlights for each day.

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News Roundup – Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014

Michael Sampson - Currents

I know the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas was over a month ago, but here’s the news I saw coming out from the show (or a bit after). “ Today at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014, Metalogix is the first vendor to announce a complete solution to move email, files and SharePoint content to Microsoft Office 365. ” K2 for SharePoint was released at the end of March 2014.

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Natures Design Guarantees - Bioteams in The Henry Ford Magazine

The Bumble Bee

I am delighted to be able to publish a new Bioteams article in the Summer 2014 edition of The Henry Ford Magazine entitled "Teams in Nature". The article summarises the differences between human teams and natures teams in three critical areas: Communications, Leadership and Scalability.

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Characteristics of open learning environments

Jenny Connected

Interactive environment: How is the learning design implemented? E-Learning Tag 2014 #elt14 emergent learning footprints of emergence open learning environments

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Evaluation of Open Learning Scenarios

Jenny Connected

Open, emergent environments change the way we experience learning, and this has implications for the way we design and manage learning spaces, and describe and analyse them.

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Social design inspired by nature: Positive Impact Magazine

The Bumble Bee

Read the full article: SOCIAL DESIGN INSPIRED BY NATURE. Excellent article by Positive Impact Magazine which reviews the growing field of Organizational Biomimicry and showcases Bioteams, the Biomimicry Institute and Honeybee Democracy.

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Emergent Design Webinar

Networking Action

Topic: Emergent Design. Another approach relevant for such situations is emergent design. This is iterative design that chrysalises as … Net Dev Traditional planning strategies do not work for complex challenges: too much is changing and there is continual learning about appropriate action.

Future directions for the Footprints of Emergence framework

Jenny Connected

See for example MOOC Research Initiative Reports from the Gates Foundation funded projects and the proceedings from the European MOOCs Stakeholders Summit 2014 . Exploring the notion of probes for assessment and learning design. 2014).

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Theoretical influences on the characteristics of open learning environments

Jenny Connected

It has been what Stephen Downes referred to as design-led research in his talk – Digital Research Methodologies Redux. [6]. 2014). 2014). E-Learning Tag 2014 #elt14 emergent learning footprints of emergence learning theory MOOC open learning stephen downes

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Problems with MOOC research

Jenny Connected

May 26, 2014: Keynote presentation delivered to, Tübingen, Germany. Developments around MOOCs have happened serendipitously through design-led research, rather than through research-led design.

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Links of the Month: October 23, 2014

How to Save the World

image from Fortune Magazine article “Fission Frenzy” April 2014. Unfortunately, America furnished its part of the house with stapled-together crap designed to look better than it really was. image by Marsel van Ooosten via .

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Evaluating open learning scenarios – keynote presentation

Jenny Connected

Here are the slides and notes for the keynote presentation that Roy Williams and I gave at the E Learning Conference, FH Joanneum, in Graz, Austria, on Wednesday 17 September 2014. I work and publish across several fields: semiotics, critical discourse analysis, epistemology, ecological psychology, politics, narrative, e-learning, e-assessment, knowledge management, synaesthesia, complexity theory, international development, art design & media, and most of all, on open learning.

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Links of the Month: Sunday, June 8, 2014

How to Save the World

(I suppose I should start calling this “Links of the Quarter” since that’s about how often I’ve been posting it.). another gem from the incomparable michael leunig ; thanks to generation alpha (check out their new blog!) for the link.

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Sensitive Learning Spaces: what architects can teach us

Jenny Connected

On the next day (April 3rd 2014) I attended a one-day conference at UCL in London and ran a workshop with my colleague, Elpida Makriyannis, in the space that you can see in this photo below. These architects could teach us a lot about how to design spaces for learning.

2014 261

Breaking out from ‘Enforced Independence’ – #rhizo14

Jenny Connected

So autonomy and interdependence are the words for me – not ‘independence’ nor ‘enforce’ Tagged: #rhizo14 , autonomy , course design , curriculum design , interdependence , rhizomatic learning.

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Higher Education in 2025

Jenny Connected

For this presentation we have drawn on recent reports on the topic and in particular on an article by Bryan Alexander (2014) in which he suggests discussing a variety of possible scenarios to support thinking about the future of Higher Education. 2014). 2014). 2014).

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But what would you do instead?

Viv Mcwaters

When designing any group event I like to.

2014 268

Questions about rhizomatic learning

Jenny Connected

Learning environments which are designed to take a rhizomatic approach are multi-path – for me the tube map has its limitations, but does make me think of multi-path possibilities. This is an open letter to Keith Hamon.

2014 265

Using digital technology and asset mapping to tackle social isolation – without special funding

Social Reporter

The partnership is running co-design workshop sessions in which they will develop their new innovative programme to address the broad challenge: How can we help Slipham people and organisations use technology to help tackle loneliness and/or support living alone.

2014 239

A tasty intro to digital – Tea, Toast and T’Internet

Social Reporter

That Device Company, who are behind the project, aim to donate £50,000 to Age UK during 2014 through promotion and sales. Tablets, however, are portable, unobtrusive and the touchscreen designed to be intuitive – a good starting point for those who’ve never used technology.

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Update on Ageing Better Innovation – look to apps and connectors

Social Reporter

Overview paper of Roundtable July 2014. While policy makers may be saying “put older people at the heart of designing new programmes” and rather failing to do so, people are doing it for themselves.

2014 203

Next steps in rhizomatic learning research (Rhizo14)

Jenny Connected

Last week (Friday 6 th June), we sent out a set of email interview questions as follow up questions on the survey we conducted in March (2014). The use of the rhizome as a metaphor for designing teaching and learning has a positive impact on the role of the teacher.

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Making Sense of the Rhizome Metaphor for Teaching and Learning

Jenny Connected

CCK08) in the design of #Rhizo14 – principles of working across distributed platforms (e.g. This is the second post in a series of four about a presentation Frances Bell and Jenny Mackness will make at the ALTMOOCSIG on Friday 29 th June this week.

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Let The Next Adventure Begin – The With Whom (#CAWW)


Susan Scrupski (@SusanScrupski) January 14, 2014. . Design, Management / Leadership Consultancy, Corporate Communications, Digital Workplace Transformation, Social Computing, Social Business, Social Learning, and a rather long etc. And, finally, the last blog post of the series of entries where I’ve been detailing what I would be doing from here onwards, as I begin my next adventure as an independent chief emergineer.

2014 218

The Rhizome as a Metaphor for Learning in a MOOC

Jenny Connected

If this metaphor is used for designing a MOOC (rhizo14), can people learn and what do they learn?

2014 218

Rhizomatic learning, definitions and cheating

Jenny Connected

From my perspective as an educator and researcher in course design and learner experiences in open online course, this week has been fascinating.

2014 230

Wheat House is on the market and the Boston Globe likes it

Endless Knots

Kilburn (a designer and an engraver) and his family, who lived here until the turn of the 20 th century.       The Samuel Wheat House 399 Waltham Street, West Newton, MA. In about two weeks' time, my house will look like this again.

2014 217

Where ‘YES!’ leads

Viv Mcwaters

Games hold huge potential – for engagement, for tackling undiscussibles, for creating, designing, innovating, all while having fun. Early mornings are not my best time. People I used to work with joked that no-one should talk to me before 10 am. Bit rough, I reckon.

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Preview of the Living Lab for (digital) life

Social Reporter

These are linked with group storytelling techniques designed to bring to life a range fictitious characters and their experiences. We have started to build a site where workshop cards provide a design framework to link through to more resources onsite and elsewhere.

2014 215

Ray, not Tom, but what a pair #clickandclack

Endless Knots

And now for a few of the houses that Brad built, the result of architectural competitions, designed to withstand anything like what Katrina wrought. Seven years after Katrina, I traveled to New Orleans with a group of volunteers to put hammer to nail at a house on the aptly named Flood Street.

2014 196

MOOCs – Which Way Now?

Jenny Connected

Designed to run for 6 weeks, it continues via an active Facebook group and Twitter hashtag more than two months after the end of the MOOC.

2014 201

Blog>> Knowledge Power and Responsibility: A Conversation with Nancy Dixon (recorded 26 Nov 2008 KM Asia)

Green Chameleon

2014 187

ALTMOOCSIG Conference: MOOCs – Which way now?

Jenny Connected

Its no longer a question of whether it can be done; institutions with the resources can design and run MOOCs which will be enjoyed by participants. MOOCs – Which way now? This was the question for the ALTMOOCSIG day conference (Friday June 27 th ) which was hosted at UCL.

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My idea for digital inclusion – the minimal technology assessment kit

Social Reporter

Help organisations and carers enhance their digital literacies in ways designed directly to help those they serve, often using mobile technologies.

2014 208

Communities & Technologies finally meeting Community Informatics

Making CommunitySense

How can we model and use rich, situated context that informs socio-technical systems design without constraining community behaviors? (C&T) It’s a systems design question. I’m currently in Siegen, Germany. attending the Communities & Technologies Vision workshop.

2014 201

Let The Next Adventure Begin – The What Next (The System of Me)


Design). After yesterday’s blog post, I guess today’s the one everyone has been waiting for. Myself included.

2014 211

Playing through council plans for digital participation in the face of cuts

Social Reporter

Recently we were delighted to help Southwark council design a seminar for officers, members and local organisations on digital participation.

2014 186

Thoughts about community as curriculum in #rhizo14

Jenny Connected

Source of image- [link] Richard Giblett ). The idea of community as curriculum is not new.

2014 205

Competences for Global Collaboration MOOC

Jenny Connected

This has been designed by my colleagues from the University of Applied Sciences in Graz, Austria. A new MOOC – Competences for Global Collaboration – is due to start on April 22nd.

2014 193

The Community is the Curriculum in #rhizo14

Jenny Connected

All this would suggest that ‘The community is the curriculum’ , i.e. the curriculum this week, is being created more by the community than in relation to the week’s topic – which I assume was the intention behind the course design.

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