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Using Cynefin for learning design?

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Eventually I’d like to get further in thinking about designing learning experiences using Cynefin as a framework (thanks Nancy for pointing to an update). I’m not 100% sure about designing learning experience as a term, but it’s way better than instructional design. Essentially I’d like to explore ways of recognising different domains from a learning facilitation perspective and zoom in into the complex domain in relation to others.

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15 years of blogging, FB and what’s next

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Ton’s post on 15 Years of Blogging made me realise that I had reached similar milestone all the way back in June. From all my online experiences blogging has given me the most. A habit to write regularly, a space to look back at my own progress, a network of people that I feel connected to even if we don’t interact much right now. It has also given me a benchmark of what I’d like to experience in an online social space. That brings me to more blogging, less Facebook again.

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Learning is everywhere

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Yesterday I went to pick up a few things at Viermarken , a little farm close to our house. It’s may be 5 minutes cycling, but it was a crispy sunny day, so we (my crew of 3 and me) were not in a hurry and went for a walk on the farm, to look at chicken and vegetable fields in winter.

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Household activities as part of homeschooling curriculum

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Emily have learnt how to vacuum clean and is very proud of it. I still smile thinking of her beaming face when she told her grandmother that clean carpet at their feet had been cleaned by her. I always say that in our family household work is an important part of the curriculum.

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Teams, communities and networks in terms of communication forms

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While I came with the communication egg model to talk about things missing in distributed teams I feel that it could be useful in more contexts. In particularly to talk about the differences between different types of social constructions in the knowledge management context. [At

PhD defense

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This is something I wanted to blog for a while, but – hey – it’s better late than never :). I did my PhD in Utrecht University , which is old (founded in 1636) and quite traditional.

A long due update

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It’s hard starting after a break – there are way too many stories to tell and way too many thoughts that came in between. So I start somewhere. I had a burnout – going on and off after my PhD defense and not very obvious behind the usual “not feeling normal&# during my pregnancy. But eventually it came to the surface and things are slowly getting better.

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Learning ice skating

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Last Friday, skating with our homeschooling friends at Openluchtmuseum I though how personally important themes return again and again.

Marble runs and music machines

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What started from a mesmerising video of a marble run turned into something more. After watching a couple of videos I’ve got curious about the people behind them and the whole phenomenon of (making money from) making marble runs. So we came to an article about it.

Distributed Agile: communication and common ground

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With the holidays I somewhat took a break from blogging on our work on the distributed Agile case , but there are still quite a few things there that I wanted to share to hear what do you think.

Verhalen van de zee: shadow puppets, storytelling and learning around

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Our shadow puppets workshop in Wowlab in April 2016 was very much focused on a puppet itself, its character and different ways to make it. This time we wanted to have a different focus, so the emphasis moved from making puppets to using them to tell a story.

Magic work

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Alexander has been into magician performances for a while now. So we didn’t want to miss an opportunity to see one just across the border in Muenster (and it was in Russian, which is always a bonus).

What parents don’t see

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Homeschoolers hear often that their kids are always supervised by their parents, that they lack time to be outside of the family to learn about other ways of doing things.

Learning highlights: October 2017

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Internet of things with Robert. Video: playing with a tripod and learning making videos together with Lilia. * Stamps and graphic art workshop at Wowlab. Observational drawing, 3d art and recycling art. Watching Nederland van boven : geography, nature, culture and data visualisations.

On socialisation and education

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Yesterday, in a discussion with our homeschooling friends we talked about schools. About socialisation as a big part of what happens in a school, even when everyone talks that schools are about education. In a sense that question that every homeschooler gets, often before any discussion about learning, confirms it. What about socialization?

Black cape

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It was fun to teach him the art of ironing seams. And, with a little advice here and there, he could do the rest. But what I admire the most is the determination. He planned making a black cape for a while. We’ve got a fabric somewhere in the summer and the ribbon a couple of weeks ago.

Converging in unschooling

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Unschooling, as a way to support your children interests is a very divergent practice. There is a lot of exploration, following one’s curiousity and informal learning. Lots of bits and sometimes even parts of a puzzle.

Schat van Dalfsen

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Although we missed public archeological excavation at Dalfsen with our homeschooling friends , there was another chance to do it. A couple of years ago we had a guided tour at an excavation in Velikiy Novgorod. In Dalfsen kids could not only look, but participate guided by archeologists.

Legitimate peripheral participation and having fun

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This is the essence of Wowlab workshops for me, next to making : creating conditions for legitimate peripheral participation and having fun. Unschooling learning highlights legitimate peripheral participation unschooling

Making flexible structures

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What happens if you design and build stuff for your kids’ rooms? They play a family where the parents design and build a room for their kid. And they are true to the details, including the division of tasks between the parents and designing something that can easily change.

Winter rhythms

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Looking for the drafts to finish I found a list with our weekly rhythm last winter. It’s nice to compare with this year. And yes, by “winter” I mean cold homeschooling season that stretches between September and mid-June (overlapping with the “summer” which is somewhere from mid-April to mid-October :). Winter 2016-2017. Monday afternoon: playdates, swimming lessons Alexander and Anna. Tuesday afternoon: choir Alexander and Anna (since January).

Convergence and unschooling

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Unschooling, as a way to support your children interests feels for me as a very divergent practice. There is a lot of informal learning, exploration, following one’s curiosity and seizing the moment. Lots of bits pieces and sometimes even a big part of a puzzle. What worries me the most is convergence , creating conditions for documentation, systematisation, reflection that would be aligned with the values of unschooling.

Intuitive ‘instruction design’

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It’s third season of the workshops for homeschoolers that we organise together with Wout Zweers , who works at an intersection of art, design and making. Today is another workshop and, being up early, I started to think about my role in the process. The first part is logistical. I sort out the dates, write announcements, communicate with the participants and make sure that contributions get collected. The second one is educational.

Life goes on

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It is always difficult to start writing again after a long period of silence. Like this time. My mother passed away last year. She had a long history of heart problems that were not getting better, but it still came very unexpected (and seeing her writing on FB just hours before made it worse). Next to the emotions there were lots of other things to work out and no desire whatsoever to write in an open space. But life doesn’t stay still. Grieving and all that comes with it give way.

PKM for kids?

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I’ve been thinking in the last few days about a direction to organise my current experiences and thinking about learning.

A jar full of coins

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While sorting stuff in the bookcases to be replaced I found a jar full of coins. Kids were happy, especially Anna, whose interest in money is pretty strong at the moment, and since I also found her Dikkie Dik piggy bank standing empty.

Lightning and thunder

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Coming from supermarket (usual after dinner shift), unloading and sorting things out, and then, on the way to play “just one round” of a board game, this. Nature, physics and math – just because it’s stormy and the delay between lightning and thunder is always amazing.

Facilitating informal learning: mindset, lifestyle and paying attention

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I’ve posted this photo of Easter celebration with our homeschooling friends on Facebook, but I feel that there is more to say about it. A lot of learning in our lives is informal, embedded, implicit.

Learning transfer

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Learning is in the details. There are things that go routinely now. Household work, reading-writing-math plain or embedded into games and activities, logging lists to document what’s going on, sport and other clubs, weekly homeschooling meetings.

Wat is het doel van onderwijs? and networked learning

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An interview-based documentary about the purpose of education, a good one to watch. It’s still very much school-centric view on education, as if it is unthinkable to question the institution itself. It also doesn’t touch on the thorny question “who controls learning?”

On homeschooling, integration and Dutch

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Netherlands, thank you and goodbye – This one came on FB and on It’s written by Kai-Ting Huang, a Taiwaneese user experience designer who left Netherlands after four years on study and work.

The magic of connecting the dots

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What I like the most about facilitating learning is the magic of connecting the dots. Or, better, being patient enough to see the kids connecting the dots by themselves.

My elephant in the dark

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A visit from Gabriela , bringing back memories of the golden era of blogging and triggering an exploration of optics uses in medieval paintings , also brings something else. I look back at my own path and wonder how all of my experiences of work and blogging are useful now and what I’m going to do in the future with my experiences now.

From butterflies to pie charts

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This is how learning usually happens in our family: we start at one point and end up somewhere totally different. This time Anna wanted to draw a butterfly and wasn’t sure how to draw it and how to color the wings.

What a week

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When the cold season comes some homeschooling weeks are relatively normal, structured around regular activities in and outside the house. Others, like this one, are getting filled in with all kinds of extras, enough to make me want to crawl under the blanked and hide.

On homeschooling quality

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Back home after a half a day talking about homeschooling practices and politics. There was an intervision session for the parents to share and discuss their experiences and, by a coincidence, a call with a discussion of current state of negotiations about the changes in the regulations of home education in the Netherlands. It’s a strange experience to have those things next to each other.

Facilitating unschooling: bridging the gap between interests of a child and external expectations

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I’m at another iteration of trying to come up with a “theory of unschooling”, or at least articulate the ingredients of facilitating learning of our kids in that way. As I wrote before, my personal choices around it are heavily influenced by my work of looking at learning in various shapes in organisation (see Facilitating informal learning and Performance improvement mindset and taking it for granted ).

Not back to school insights

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As everyone around is starting (or getting ready to start) another school year, we do too, in a sense. Reestablishing household routines after traveling, painting shelves to make a new bookcase and trying to wrap free-range learning into a plan, readable for an outsider (we are going through a quality assessment process with Stichting Keurmerk Thuisonderwijs ). All that then we finally got real summer weather, calling for reading books in a hangmat or watching kids play with sand and water.

Seasonal rhytms

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I always find it amazing, seeing how the choices of our kids of what to do and where are changing with the seasons. Spring brings everyone outside. Suddenly everything, including food and drinks have to happen under the sky. They invent countless games in the garden and around and those don’t get boring. Autumn is different. It seems that kids get saturated with outdoor activities and sun, they are driven inside as with a strong magnet.

Scaffolding on a slide

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I posted this on Facebook, but want to have it here, because FB is new email, where knowledge goes to die together with memories, classification and ability to find your own stuff back. Anna was scared to go sliding.