Learning highlights: July-August 2018


Unschooling learning highlights unschoolingIt’s way into September now, but I still want to catch some of the highlights of July and August.

2018 116

Learn facilitation?

Viv Mcwaters

You can read all the details about Creative Facilitation: The Basics here and Facilitation as Performance here , and other people seem to have enjoyed the experience, even learned some stuff. Learn facilitation? The post Learn facilitation? Facilitation Learning

2015 201

#NRC01PL Personal Learning Assistants

Jenny Connected

So it has been interesting to listen to Stephen Downes and George Siemens talking about personal learning assistants this week in the Personal Learning MOOC. The point was that these are his personal learning assistants. Source of image (see Footnote).

2016 201

Questions about rhizomatic learning

Jenny Connected

Hi Keith – I have been thinking about your invitation to discuss some of the ideas around rhizomatic learning with you further. Cath’s posts in which she is presenting models for rhizomatic learning make sense. Smoothness and Striation in Digital Learning Spaces. E -Learning.

2014 265

Open teaching and learning

Jenny Connected

This has been a pleasure and illuminating in many respects, and has caused me to reflect once again on the meaning of ‘openness’ in teaching and learning. This seems like another great way to promote open teaching and learning. Source of image .

2015 232

Twiitering = learning?

Joitske Hulsebosch

I often have conversations about the role of social media in learning processes. Sometimes people might say: ' Ok, but twitter is not learning. How can you learn from 140 characters?! From a behaviourism point of view, twitter might not be very relevant as a means for learning.

Networks as Learning Systems

Networking Action

Most networks have “learning” as an important activity, but I’ve seen no impressive examples of systemic network learning strategies. The International Land Coalition (ILC) has made a big step forward to develop just that, described as its Systematic Knowledge and … Learning ILC

2015 234

Why No Lessons Learned Microsoft?

Michael Sampson - Currents

A failure to learn from what happened we are much less willing to tolerate. So today, I’m excited to share a new set of step-by-step deployment plans based on the best practices we’ve learned from working with thousands of customers to successfully roll-out Azure AD.

2018 116

Learning about learning from Gertrude Stein

Jenny Connected

Week 5 has started (with the theme of Anti-Modernist Doubts), but I am still thinking about Week 4 and Gertrude Stein - and what I can learn from her about teaching and learning. For me thinking spatially instead of linearly describes the learning process. Embodied learning.

2013 220

Learning poses or learning to model?

Joitske Hulsebosch

A beautiful example in my opinion of the difference between what learning tips and tricks in a course or short training compared with learning in practice and learning in networks and communities. A longer road that leads to more profound learning as professional.

2017 153

Top 10 Tools for Learning 2016


Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning – for use in training, for performance support, social collaboration, etc. Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning – for self-organised learning. Top 10 Tools for Learning 2016.

2016 259

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.

2014 188

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.

2014 224

Engestrom, Wenger and Emergent Learning

Jenny Connected

In a recent great discussion in CPsquare about the changing role of the learning facilitator , Brenda Kaulback posted this video of Yrjo Engestrom being interviewed about his work by Chris Jones. Engestrom talks about emergent learning in terms of ‘expansive learning’.

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.

Sustainability of smart digitally enhanced learning ecosystems

Taming the spaces

The digital innovation sustainability bottlenecks in schools are related with actuating the organizations as systems, that is influenced by ill-developed feedback loops of data-, learning- and information flows for the purpose of intra-organizational innovation driven transformation as well as for transforming the […]. digital learning ecosystems sustainabilityWe have published an article that models sustainability issues in digitally enhanced schools.

2018 100

Forbidden to learn (socially)

Joitske Hulsebosch

In both cases, it is as if you prohibit people to learn. In social learning, it is important that you can look into the kitchen, you chat and learn in conversation with other professionals. Do you know of more situations in which it is actually forbidden to learn?

2015 169

Let's improve our learning language as learning professionals

Joitske Hulsebosch

If the Sami eskimos have 180 words for snow - how come we as learning professionals have only one word for learning? OK, we have learning and development (L&D) so we have two words. I think we are way too sloppy in talking about learning.

2015 223

New metaphors for learning

Jenny Connected

Once you start thinking in terms of metaphors for learning, you find them everywhere. At the beginning of this year Mariana Funes, Frances Bell and I had a paper published about the use of the rhizome as a metaphor for learning.

2016 130

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. Learning is a complex business. Tagged: emergent learning , footprints of emergence , potcert , SCoPE , webinar.

FSLT13 – What is learning?

Jenny Connected

Whilst this is an orientation week, no time has been wasted in getting down to the nitty gritty, with George Roberts asking the question in the Week 0 Moodle Forum – ‘What is learning?’ It is very straight forward and emphasises the process of learning and teaching.

2013 214

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.

2014 185

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.

2014 209

Learning facilitation

Viv Mcwaters

Here I am in Madang in Papua New Guinea, preparing to deliver a five-day facilitation skills training to local Papua New Guineans who will take what they learn back into their communities. In general, people want to learn processes, how to deal with difficult people, and how to know what process to use. You can’t learn to drive without using a car, so you can’t learn to facilitate without using processes. It’s easy to learn a new process.

My social learning experiences

Joitske Hulsebosch

I choose the topic: my example of social learning. I notice that there is a lot of confusion about social learning: is social learning about learning through social media? is social learning any process in which more than two people are involved?

2016 141

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

2014 201

Pedagogy, practice and learning theory

Jenny Connected

When I was a teacher trainer, we used to debate whether trainee teachers should be introduced to learning theory before or after they went into the classroom to teach. Donald Clark wrote a series of 51 blog posts, each about a different learning theorist.

2013 267

You can stimulate curiosity for self directed learning

Joitske Hulsebosch

The innovative thing is that the focus is on exchange and learning from each other and not on learning new knowledge, more "how do you do that in your class and what can I do better?" For this type of online learning you need a certain level of capacity for self direction.

2018 141

Learning is everywhere


Just a little shopping trip and a bit of a fresh air, but when I look back I see many learning moments that were packed in there. Learning to recognise and accept own fears and building self-confidence dealing with a big dog who was very interested to see the kids.

2015 237

Transfer of learning


And then cook that, learning all kinds of handy things on the way (e.g. In the camp of Natural School in Russia kids had to decide themselves when and what to cook* when they were hungry. how much work it takes to make a pancake cake and how many people it could feed at the end).

2018 116

Three different views on social learning

Joitske Hulsebosch

I am not the first to note that social learning is a confusion concept. I joined one Friday when the topic was about social learning. Any Twitterchat is hard work but it was worst to make sense here because I noticed that we all talked with a different view on social learning.

2018 130

Gardening in open learning environments

Jenny Connected

I spent most of yesterday in my garden, thinking about plants and how what I was doing in my garden might relate to my understanding of teaching and learning in open learning environments. There’s a lot to learn from this beautiful garden.

2015 198

Networked Learning Conference 2016 starts today

Jenny Connected

I included references to our papers in my last post – Presenting at the 10th Networked Learning Conference, Lancaster. Footprints have been drawn not only by learners, but by teachers, designers and researchers, both for formal and informal learning experiences.

2016 169

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.

2014 234

Learning is an adventure

Viv Mcwaters

I’ve always believed in the importance of helping others learn to do what I do with facilitation, and more, rather than build a dependence. By attempting to make people’s learning more detailed and explicit, we may be getting in people’s way.

2015 158

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 ’. Each person’s learning experience, and perspective on that learning process, is unique to them.

Questions about Emergent Learning

Jenny Connected

We had a great webinar on Emergent Learning on Tuesday, courtesy of Sylvia Currie and the SCoPE community at BCcampus. It’s really stimulating to discover others ‘out there’ who are as interested in emergent learning as we are. Doesn’t emergent learning happen all the time?

Collaborators, Cooperators and People I Learn From


Finally, after a good few days of tinkering Collaborators , Cooperators and People I Learn From were born. . Collaborators , Cooperators and People I Learn From. As a result, and rather unexpectedly, I came up with a third one for another very specific activity altogether: learning.

2015 241

Teaching and Learning in 2017 and beyond

Jenny Connected

Jim Groom in his blog post ‘ Containing the Future of OER ‘ draws our attention to Stephen’s presentation – Applications, Algorithms and Data: Open Educational Resources and the Next Generation of Virtual Learning. Quantum Leaps we can expect in teaching and learning in the Digital Age.

2017 141

Social Learning: Learning Never Ends…


We talked as well about a good number of other business benefits of using social tools that I have been mentioning over here over the course of time; and one of those benefits is, without any doubt, that one of Learning , specially the concept of Informal (Social) Learning.

Social Learning Capability

Jenny Connected

In the Academic BEtreat that I recently attended online and which I have been blogging about for a few days now (#betreat12) Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner, shared their most thinking around the idea of social learning capability. We need a social discipline of learning.

2012 181

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.

2013 244

How Social Networking Tools Enable Heutagogy in Learning Organisations


Now imagine you swap the wordings ’ teaching ’ for ‘learning’ and ‘our schools’ for ‘ our workplaces ’. That’s why Workplace Learning is broken and why heutagogy may need to come to the rescue to save us all…. our networks) we would want to learn with / from.

2016 250