6 thoughts on “ELESIG Webinar starts 12.30 15th Feb

  1. fred6368 February 15, 2011 / 2:24 pm

    On reflection I think one thing missing from the Emergent Learning paper and discussion is that socially inclusive ‘community learning’ has always been about emergent learning. You have to start with where the learner is, find interests that motivate them and build the learning in as they follow their interests. This emergent social property of inclusive learning is how we make the informal/people column work in the Emergent Learning Model; http://www.slideshare.net/fredgarnett/fg-ouemergenttable
    See also JohnCooks’s paper on how people learn in UK online centres http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/ltri/research/projects/ukonline.htm
    and the virtual centre we built to demo that ‘lifecycles’ model; http://www.intomedia.org.uk/silwood/BECTA_DEMO.HTM (launches player)
    I think that it is in this way that Informal Learning has something to say to Formal Learning

  2. jennymackness February 15, 2011 / 2:39 pm

    Many thanks for this Fred. I think you are right. We did say that we drew on communities of practice theory and in working on the paper we did discuss Wenger’s work a lot and the relationship between emergence and identity – but thinking back on it, I think this got cut out of later drafts.

    Perhaps we should have been more explicit about the role of community in the case studies. Certainly worth thinking about.

    Thanks for the links and for your contributions to the webinar. I will have a good look and a good think 🙂


  3. fred6368 February 15, 2011 / 3:19 pm

    I’ve also been discussing this with Thomas Cochane (Unitec NZ) and Paul Lowe at the University of the Arts. Paul brought Wenger along to discuss CoP and Technology Stewardship to a workshop at UofA last year. Paul has negotiated time (1 day per week!) to become a Technology Steward developing web2 communities of practice across UofA
    Whereas Thomas uses both a Tech Steward approach, and the PAH Continuum, to enable co-creation of learning at Unitec;
    Prezi here; http://t.co/5bdojPN
    Good Alt-J article on his work too (pdf)

  4. jennymackness February 15, 2011 / 3:32 pm

    Thanks for this too. I will have a look later. I do know Paul. I have met him a couple of times and he contributed to some work on communities of practice that I did with Birmingham University – see – http://www.bucops.bham.ac.uk/

    If you look in videos – you will see that there is one done by Paul.

    Communities of practice is another area that I have researched and of course Etienne Wenger and his colleagues John Smith and Nancy White – as you will know – are interested in the relationship between technologies and communities of practice – which they explore in their book Digital Habitats. I’m sure you know all this – as all these areas, communities of practice, connectivism, complexity theory (and recently I have been exploring the meaning of learner autonomy) – all link together.

    Thanks again


  5. fred6368 February 16, 2011 / 8:12 am

    In terms of Learning Ecologies I think you should look at Rose Luckin’s Ecology of Resources, most fully described in her book Re-designing Learning Contexts (Routledge 2010) She has been publishing on this since 2005 and has been building learning systems using this model.
    I declare an interest in this in that I came up with the term Ecology of Resources, in discussion with her, and I also wrote a paper in 2001 called Community Grids for Learning as Information Ecologies, given at a conference in Middlesboro with Howard Rheingold, sadly overshadowed by 9/11

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