Describing open learning environments and emergent learning

Jenny Connected

Recent work on developing our framework for describing emergent learning (see Footprints of Emergence and Emergent Learning and Learning Ecologies in Web 2.0 ) has been taxing our powers of description. This ongoing work in seeking to describe and clarify what we mean by emergent and prescribed learning is progressing on our open wiki ‘ Footprints of Emergence ’.

Emily Dickinson and Emergent Learning

Jenny Connected

At the beginning of the week I was at the ALT-C conference with Roy Williams, running a workshop on Emergent Learning. Attending the conference has meant that emergent learning, which we have been researching for a few years now, has, this week, been right at the front of my mind.

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Emergent Learning from thinking about Emergent Learning

Jenny Connected

On Tuesday of this week we ran our second webinar on Emergent Learning and Drawing Footprints of Emergence for the SCoPE community and any one else who wanted to attend. And drawing footprints of emergence requires a bit of effort – well more than a bit.

Openness, constraint and emergence

Jenny Connected

Openness does not mean that anything goes. Even openness of mind does not mean this. I am still grappling with the relationship between openness, constraint and emergence, but both these artists sparked off these thoughts.

Emergent learning in open environments

Jenny Connected

Previous posts relating to this presentation are: Evaluation of Open Learning Scenarios. Characteristics of Open Learning Environments. In my last post I wrote that I would come back to further discussion of what we mean by emergent learning. Footprints of Emergence – so what?

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Emerging questions on Emergent Learning

Jenny Connected

The SCoPE community discussion forums on emergent learning continue to be very stimulating – and in true emergent form are raising more questions than are being answered. See the open SCoPE discussion forums for more information.

Returning to Emergent Learning

Jenny Connected

Following our (Roy Williams, Simone Gumtau and me) last publication in IRRODL – Footprints of Emergence – we have continued to think about the factors which influence the potential for emergent learning in any given learning environment or curriculum.

Future directions for the Footprints of Emergence framework

Jenny Connected

Previous posts relating to this presentation are: Evaluation of Open Learning Scenarios. Characteristics of Open Learning Environments. Emergent Learning in Open Environments. Theoretical influences on the characteristics of open learning environments.

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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. Open/Structure 2.

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Footprints of Emergence – so what?

Jenny Connected

I anticipated that we would get this question at our ALT-C workshop, Learning in the Open, and we did get it. Having written a couple of research papers and run a few workshops on our ideas about emergent learning we know that this is not an easy question to answer.

Open Educational Resources and Pedagogy

Jenny Connected

It centred on the relationship between open educational resources (OERs), open academic practice and changing pedagogy. Tagged: #change11 , #fslt12 , davecormier , davewhite , downes , Higher Education , OER , openness , pedagogy.

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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. Jutta has therefore invited us to speak about how we use our work on Footprints of Emergence to evaluate learning in open learning environments.

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Evaluating open learning scenarios – keynote presentation

Jenny Connected

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. This is a cMap, created by a colleague we have worked with in the past, Matthias Melcher, to explain the open learning environment of the CCK08 MOOC. Why are we interested in emergent learning?

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#openedMOOC Week 4: Open Teaching

Jenny Connected

More interesting for me, was the initial discussion in the Week 4 videos about open pedagogy and how networks can enable learning. Biesta’s work raises the question of whether large scale open teaching is possible and whether it is true that we can teach each other almost anything.

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Emergent Learning at ALTC2103

Jenny Connected

Our session – Learning in the Open – went reasonably well, but on reflection I think we could have done a more ‘out of the box’ presentation. It’s ironic that we were talking about emergent learning and the factors that might need to be considered to promote it, but we still fell into a fairly conventional way (a trap?) Which brings me back to footprints of emergence (for examples of what I mean see this page on our open wiki ). ALT-C is in its second day.

ALT-C 2013 Learning in the Open

Jenny Connected

The title of our session is Learning in the Open. The session will be interactive and, if past experience is anything to go by, result in stimulating discussion about the balance between prescriptive and emergent learning in open learning environments, and visualizations (i.e.

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Emergent Learning and Learning Ecologies in Web 2.0

Jenny Connected

Oct 05, 2011 11:00 AM Mountain Time (Canada) Emergent Learning and Learning Ecologies in Web 2.0 – online research seminar for Canadian Institute of Distance Education Research (CIDER) at Athabasca University - Emergent Learning in the New Learning Ecologies. Tagged: Athabasca University , CIDER , education , emergent learning , learning , presentation , Research. Emergent Learning Athabasca University CIDER education emergent learning learning presentation Research

Social Media and Village Crisis Comms – Local Gov Councils and Emergency Services #NSWFires

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Most of the relevant, critical information for us in the Mountains was in the comments – well wishers, questions and answers, passing on of information of whether a school missed on official the list was open or closed the next day.

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A new paper on Emergent Learning in IRRODL

Jenny Connected

The next issue of IRRODL ( International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, Vol 13, No 4, 2012 ) has been published. This issue includes a paper written by Roy Williams, Simone Gumtau and me - Footprints of Emergence. In this paper we continue to explore the ideas around emergent learning which we first discussed in a paper published (also in IRRODL) in 2011 – Emergent Learning and Learning Ecologies in Web 2.0.

Theoretical influences on the characteristics of open learning environments

Jenny Connected

Previous posts relating to this presentation are: Evaluation of Open Learning Scenarios. Characteristics of Open Learning Environments. Emergent Learning in Open Environments. 2012) Footprints of Emergence. Footprints of Emergence open wiki – [link].

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IRRODL Special Issue: Emergent Learning, Connections, Design for Learning

Jenny Connected

A special issue of IRRODL – The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning -has just been published. Vol 12, No 7 (2011): Special Issue – Emergent Learning, Connections, Design for Learning. This is a refereed open e-journal which you can access here: [link]. I’m looking forward to reading your paper and all the others; emergent learning is a topic that really interests me.

Rhizo 14: Emerging Ambiguities and Issues

Jenny Connected

This final post will cover some of the issues that are emerging from our research data. Rhizo 14: Emerging ambiguities and issues. (Source of image: Tom Friedman. Open Black Box : [link] ). We simply raise them and open them for discussion.

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What is Emergent Learning? Why is it relevant?

Jenny Connected

In other words we have to embrace ‘emergent learning’. If you are interested in learning environments which support emergent learning and would like to share and discuss your experiences, please join us. Head for the Footprints of Emergence page on the SCoPE site.

Lassoing the coltish concepts of Emergent Learning and MOOCs

Jenny Connected

Why is it that when we find something wonderfully creative, emergent and innovative, we often try to ‘capture’ it, constrain and contain it, package it, order it, thereby effectively destroying what it was about it that attracted us to it in the first place?

IRRODL Special Issue: Emergent Learning, Connections, Design for Learning

Jenny Connected

A special issue of IRRODL – The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning -has just been published. Vol 12, No 7 (2011): Special Issue – Emergent Learning, Connections, Design for Learning. This is a refereed open e-journal which you can access here: [link]. I’m looking forward to reading your paper and all the others; emergent learning is a topic that really interests me.

Capturing the learner experience in ModPo and open learning environments

Jenny Connected

Webinar 1 – Emergent Learning – Tuesday, 19 November 18:00 GMT. Webinar 2 – Drawing Footprints of Emergence – Tuesday, 29 November 18:00 GMT. My perception is that these constraints on emergent learning are a result of the design of the Coursera platform.

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Using Open Space Technology

Chris Corrigan

A post I made to the OSLIST today… I seek simplicity in trying to describe where and how Open Space does it’s magic. Open Space doesn’t work well for those kinds of problems because the solution is basically already known, or at least knowable. Then there are problems for which no know solution exists, and even if you did get a solution, you can’t really “solve” the problem because the problem is due to a myriad of causes and is itself emergent. Open Space.

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Situational Leadership in the Era of Open Business

Elsua

That one that would thrive in an Open Business world. IBM Innovation Learning Life Open Business Open Leadership

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New emerging practices for trainers and facilitators

Joitske Hulsebosch

I can see some emerging new practices which are not widespread yet. Open your boundaries. I'm currently facilitating two learning trajectories, both starting online.

Guidelines for Group Collaboration and Emergence « emergent by design

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

Skip to content emergent by design Home support who’s the architect? The key to our success is in creating the environment where emergent, innovative results can occur. An emergent, adaptive group does not exude these characteristics.

Trust and security in open networks

Jenny Connected

… for the network to work, we must all give up control – but at a measured pace, in step with each other, to avoid one element of the other abusing this greater openness. The open web does not come with a built in facilitator to teach people the skills of systemic dialogue.

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The Future of Open Business At Stake

Elsua

In fact, for vast majority of practitioners social / open business is all about, and just about, collaborating with your peers, although perhaps nowadays with a fancier set of collaborative and knowledge sharing tools. That one of Openness and Transparency.

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Open Business – The Narrative vs. The Ruthless Measurement

Elsua

It seems like everyone has finally come to terms with the fact that, whether we like it or not, Social / Open is here to stay. Knowledge Management Learning Open Business Social Analytics. Don’t you just love it?

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PhD by Publication – Selection of Papers

Jenny Connected

Throughout this process I felt I was working in the same way I have always worked, i.e. working it out as I went along, and letting the process and structure emerge. PhD (Pub) footprints of emergence Iain McGilchrist mapping matthias melcher PhD(Pub) Research Think Tool

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Four Principles for the Open World by Don Tapscott #hippie2.0

Elsua

More than anything else because of a single key concept that permeates throughout the TED Talk and which I have been advocating for a long while as one of the biggest advantages of making use of social technologies, whether for work or for personal use: Openness.

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Structure, agency and hard work

Jenny Connected

But pay-offs aren’t always what we expect, particularly if we keep an open mind about what might crop up, i.e. be open to emergent learning. This month it has been Osberg and Biesta’s paper on emergent curriculum. Today is my (our) wedding anniversary.

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Core Principles for the New Economy: Human Agency & Enlightened Self-Interest « emergent by design

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

emergent by design. The problem with the kinds of ad hoc, project-based, one off relationships Boyd described is that they leave the individual isolated without a safety net, and thus leave the project-based model of p2p collaboration open to cooptation (as free agents become a precariat) by capitalist business firms. The Failure of the Occupy Movement or the Emergence of a Living Systems Organization? Emergence Collective. Emergent Cities (Seb Paquet).

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The Beginning of a New Work Adventure – Joining panagenda!

Elsua

and who are willing to help open up new paths for you, because they feel the timing is just perfect. Freelancing General Interest IBM Innovation Knowledge Management Learning Life Metablogging Open Business Open Leadership

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What poets can tell us about ‘openness’ and ‘sharing’

Jenny Connected

I have already made two posts about how these poems have given me new perspectives on emergent learning and ‘presence’ in online environments. This week I have realised that I now also have a new perspective on the meaning of ‘openness’. MOOCs themselves are all about openness, but I didn’t expect poetry to be too. MOOCs, in their original conception, were intended to be free and open to anyone with an internet access. Openness is about possibility.

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Evaluating and reflecting on OldGlobeMOOC

Jenny Connected

To evaluate and reflect on the learning experience of myself and a colleague in the Old Globe MOOC, I have used the Footprints of Emergence framework developed by Roy Williams, Simone Gumtau and myself to explore the relationship between open and prescribed learning in open learning environments.