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

Jenny Connected

There is a tension between trying to explain emergent learning as related to our work on footprints of emergence, and maintaining an open emergent environment around the topic; something contrary in trying to reify emergent learning?

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2014, The Year That Was


We will have to wait and see, but, I tell you, if I were to describe what 2014 has been like so far for yours truly, as we are coming close to its end, I would probably be able to describe it with just a couple of words: “ in transition ”. The constant learning never stops.

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Characteristics of open learning environments

Jenny Connected

Next month Roy Williams and I will give the keynote presentation at a conference in Graz, Austria, which will focus on learning in open learning environments; how we recognize, value and ‘capture’ it. The first post was Evaluation of Open Learning Scenarios.

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Evaluation of Open Learning Scenarios

Jenny Connected

The title of the conference for those who do not speak German is Evaluation of Open Learning Scenarios. Last year the conference topic was very popular – Learning with Videos and Games; 150 delegates attended. Key words: probes, Footprints, emergent learning, tacit knowledge, MOOCs.

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Emergent learning in open environments

Jenny Connected

This is the third in a series of posts we are making in preparation for the e-learning conference in Graz, Austria , at which we are speaking on September 17 th. Previous posts relating to this presentation are: Evaluation of Open Learning Scenarios.

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Theoretical influences on the characteristics of open learning environments

Jenny Connected

This is the fourth in a series of posts written in preparation for an e-learning conference keynote that Roy Williams and I will be giving next month in Graz, Austria. Previous posts relating to this presentation are: Evaluation of Open Learning Scenarios. 2014). 2014).

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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. In January I started exploring rhizomatic learning for research purposes. This prompted a long blog post: Sensitive Learning Spaces: what architects can teach us.

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More graphic facilitation coming your way Sept 29-30th, 2014

Michelle Laurie

So much fun and learning took place that I’m doing a second workshop for those who couldn’t join! Please remember – this a learning experience, no experience necessary and as one person put it visually… . . . . .

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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. Surfacing, Sharing and Valuing Tacit Knowledge in Open Learning Environments from Jenny Mackness. This involved developing and running a distance learning teacher training programme, which in turn led to an ongoing interest in how learners learn in open learning environments.

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Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014 – Some Highlights

Michael Sampson - Currents

The week of the Microsoft SharePoint Conference for 2014 has arrived, and as is usual for such events, today’s opening sessions featured a bevy of new announcements about the roadmap for SharePoint, Office 365, and more. Using machine learning, the Office Graph is constantly looking for other content and people that are related to what a given user is working on. The SharePoint Conference 2014 runs through to March 6, and has an attendee list of about 10,000.

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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.

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Rhizomatic learning, definitions and cheating

Jenny Connected

This is a follow on from my last post where I raised my concerns around the ethics of promoting cheating as learning – as Dave Cormier has done in this first week of his open course – Rhizomatic Learning – the Community is the Curriculum. For him this is rhizomatic learning.

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Learning about fast learning

Learning Alliances

Sean Murphy and I have been experimenting with a form of fast learning — and figuring out what we’re doing as we go along. all situations where learning is required). business models Learning mvpOODA

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Rhizomatic Learning Research

Jenny Connected

There is just under a week left before we close our survey in which we are gathering perspectives on Rhizomatic Learning. We are interested to learn more about what people understand by rhizomatic learning. Research Rhizo14 #rhizo14 rhizomatic learning

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IBM Connect 2014 – I’ll Be Speaking

Michael Sampson - Currents

In a fortnight I leave for Florida to attend IBM Connect 2014. This library provides the “reusable learning objects” to drive Training, Support and Productivity programs. This is the third year I have attended Lotusphere / Connect, and for the first time I will be speaking too. I can’t yet find the session on the IBM Connect web site, but here’s the details and timing. Would be great to have you there. Wednesday January 29, 3:30 to 5pm.

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Future directions for the Footprints of Emergence framework

Jenny Connected

This is the last in a series of five posts written in preparation for an e-learning conference keynote that Roy Williams and I will be giving on September 17 in Graz, Austria. Previous posts relating to this presentation are: Evaluation of Open Learning Scenarios. 2014).

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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 rhizome is a useful metaphor for learning but it does not add anything significantly new to our current understanding of teaching and learning.

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Ten NOLA Music Performances in 2014 - Part One

Portals and KM

Here are just a few of the 46 acts we have caught so far in 2014 in order of appearance. You can follow the links to learn more about some New Orleans muscians and venues.  We continue to enjoy the variety of music that our city offers.

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Rhizomatic Learning and Ethics

Jenny Connected

Dave Cormier in his open course on rhizomatic learning, which started on Tuesday of this week – has asked us in his video to think about/discuss ‘cheating as learning’. I don’t think rhizomatic learning has anything to do with cheating.

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KM World 2014: Some Useful Sessions: Thursday, Nov 6

Portals and KM

KM World 2014 will be held in Washington DC at the Grand Hyatt from November 4 to 7. Tips and lessons learned are shared as practical take-away recommendations. It is great event. I used go regularly and highly recommend it to anyone interested in helping workforces perform at their maximum levels. There are many useful sessions including the ones described below. On Thursday, November 6 the session, KM Enterprise Adoption: How to Make It Stick! will be led by V.

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No script for rhizomatic learning

Jenny Connected

For example, Timothy Spall learned how to paint like Turner for the part, but the script of the film was the result of many hours of rehearsals, which relied on the cast to ‘make it up as they went along’. This also seems to me to be rhizomatic learning.

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Learning spaces


My interests in learning and architecture come pretty nice together with homeschooling our kids. When I dived into learning about project-based homeschooling , creating a workspace for the kids was the first thing I picked up. Of course, learning happens everywhere.

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Making Sense of the Rhizome Metaphor for Teaching and Learning

Jenny Connected

For the first post see – The Rhizome as a Metaphor for Learning. Many Rhizo14 participants valued the metaphor of the rhizome for teaching and learning. 3 mins in length) which introduced an opening provocative question, e.g. Cheating as Learning (Week 1), Is Books Making us Stupid?

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Connected Learning in an Open World

Jenny Connected

Here is the link to a recording of his full talk, Beyond Free – Open Learning in a Networked World and this is the Abstract for the presentation: This was the first in a series of 3 talks that Stephen is giving in London this week.

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Jane Hart’s Top Ten Tools for 2014

Jenny Connected

I can remember clearly being shown Second Life a few years ago and knowing that I would never want to spend time trying to learn how to use it, and now it isn’t mentioned very often, or not in my circles, so I don’t regret not engaging with it. I realize that this post is a bit like our work on Footprints of Emergence in which we ( Roy Williams and I) create a visualization of an emergent learning experience in an open learning environment (See this open wiki for details).

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Rhizomatic Learning – A Pedagogy of Risk

Jenny Connected

I think we probably still need a clearer view of what happens or can happen, in terms of learning, in the open space for learning that will be created by taking a rhizomatic approach. Some #rhizo14 participants have given a lot of thought to what it means to learn in open spaces.

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The power of infographics for learning

Joitske Hulsebosch

It took my about 3 hours, including reading - and I''m very enthousiastic about the power of making an infographic for learning. Knowledge sharing/ social learning within organization in the Netherlands Let me first talk about the content and then explain how I did it.

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The Rhizome as a Metaphor for Learning in a MOOC

Jenny Connected

The title of the presentation is The Rhizome as a Metaphor for Learning in a MOOC. A Prezi seemed to reflect, at least in part, the chaotic environment and ‘falling down a rabbit hole’ aspect of rhizomatic learning that was discussed in the course.

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KM World 2014: Some Useful Sessions: Wednesday, Nov 5

Portals and KM

KM World 2014 will be held in Washington DC at the Grand Hyatt from November 4 to 7. Hear what they did, the lessons learned, and critical success factors to engage and involve former staff and to encourage current staff to draw on “old” knowledge It is great event. I used go regularly and highly recommend it to anyone interested in helping workforces perform at their maximum levels. There are many useful sessions including the ones described below.

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Rhizomatic learning, knowledge and books

Jenny Connected

We are in Week 4 of Dave Cormier’s open online course – Rhizomatic Learning: The Community is the Curriculum - and the topic is ‘Is Books making us stupid? The written word does not make the journey of learning a finite one.

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The Messiness of Rhizomatic Learning – Words Steal My Intent

Jenny Connected

Week 2 of Dave Cormier’s open online course - Rhizomatic Learning – the community is the curriculum – is at end, and what a messy week it has been. ‘ What do the adjectives ‘rhizomatic’ and ‘deep’ add to the abstract noun ‘learning’.

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Rhizomatic Learning – The community is the curriculum #rhizo14

Jenny Connected

Dave Cormier’s open course – Rhizomatic Learning – The community is the curriculum - starts tomorrow – Tues 14 th January. On looking back through my blog posts I see that I have made three posts about rhizomatic learning in the past.

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ModPo – Learn how to undo the way in which we read

Jenny Connected

I know very little about poetry, little more than what I learned in this course last year. My work and real interest is in how people learn. What I find so fascinating about ModPo is how much of what happens in this course resonates with my own personal interest in how people learn.

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Further thoughts and discussion about rhizomatic learning

Jenny Connected

During the presentation we mention that we wrote about our research into rhizomatic learning to date, and preparation for the presentation, in a series of blog posts prior to the conference. This is a question that we have been discussing with Mariana Funes and Viv Rolfe in relation to researching learning in MOOCs in general, not just the Rhizo14 MOOC. Tagged: #altmoocsig , #rhizo14 , Deleuze and Guattari , ethics , MOOC , Research , rhizomatic learning.

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Learning from those who have gone before

Jenny Connected

But it seems to me that we are still learning from Matisse many years after his death. Next week I will be going to the cinema to see the Matisse exhibition live streamed from the Tate Modern in London. I live in the North of England, miles away from London.

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Working with visuals as powerful learning activity

Joitske Hulsebosch

It was an eye-opener that working with visuals is much more than selecting a nice image to illustrate your text: drawing can be a powerful learning intervention. For learning purposes as a facilitator you can use visuals as well for meaning making.

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Embracing Uncertainty in Teaching, Learning and Life – a question of balance

Jenny Connected

I have been uncertain about how to engage with this week’s topic Embracing Uncertainty – Week 3 of Dave Cormier’s Course on Rhizomatic Learning. For Dave – uncertainty means accepting that ‘ not knowing is something we all share ’ and lies at the heart of rhizomatic learning.

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Facilitating informal learning


It’s always funny to realise how much the roots of what I’m doing today lay in the past : Looking back now I realised what got me into doing my PhD at the first place – fascination with formal/informal interplay in learning….

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Guerrilla Research into Rhizomatic Learning

Jenny Connected

I think this is fair comment and in my own case, involved as I am in research into learner experience in open learning environments (principally MOOCs), unless I move fast, then my research is going to be out of date before I have even published it. (Source of image: [link].

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Volunteer project complete – what did I learn?

Michelle Laurie

Over a period of three months, we had one pilot and three sessions where the women who took the training debriefed their learning and I drew the key points on a wall. Graphic representation of lessons learned. ” For all us of involved it was a big learning experience.

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Data is beautiful (but not many learning professionals believe this)

Joitske Hulsebosch

I read the book '' Big learning data ''. Learning data is a new topic - quite big and still evolving. In the book a referal is made to 1000 self-assessments by learning professionals rating their skill set. Most betas are not learning professionals. learning analytics

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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. image by Marsel van Ooosten via .

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3 Day Social Media Intensive – Hands on! Sydney 2014

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Not sure if/when I’m running them next year due to available dates but here’s the details for this December course: Social Media 3 Day Intensive Course (hands on) in Sydney December 2014. See Day by Day Schedule below to learn more. Shares Hiya, I’m running my last 3 Day social media intensive for this year, in December.

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