Emergent Learning and Learning Ecologies in Web 2.0

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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

Learning has always been both individual and social, within communities, networks and (particularly in the 20th Century) within institutions. But the balance between structure and agency is shifting, and informal learning is growing exponentially. The Web provides unprecedented opportunities for people to create content, and social software provides opportunities for anyone to create and participate in new types of communities and social networks. This raises two questions: what affordances does this provide for learning, and what frameworks can we use to understand and facilitate these affordances, and benefit from them? In this presentation we will outline a framework based on complexity theory, and test it against some case studies to see whether ‘emergent learning’ might help us to answer these questions about the new learning ecologies.

5 thoughts on “Emergent Learning and Learning Ecologies in Web 2.0

  1. bioramaxwell - Robert October 5, 2011 / 4:11 am

    I read over the paper, and it has a lot of good ideas. I’m going to try to link into the session tomorrow.

  2. jennymackness October 5, 2011 / 7:46 am

    Thanks Robert. Look forward to seeing you in the session if you can make it.

  3. Matthias Melcher October 5, 2011 / 7:54 pm

    Great session!
    The quote about destructiveness of assessments that you mentioned, was said by Dave Cormier at 52:40 in the Elluminate recording referenced here: http://www.downes.ca/post/54416
    “I think you’re almost making the same mistake that people make as they are trying to assess things: you break a thing in order to be able to track the thing”. Similarly, George expressed the Heisenberg principle of learning on slide 10 here: http://www.slideshare.net/gsiemens/connectivism-101/10

  4. jennymackness October 5, 2011 / 8:06 pm

    Matthias – thanks for this. As soon as the session finished and I was cooking our evening meal, I remembered it was Dave Cormier – but it’s good to have his actual quote and the slide from George’s presentation.

    It was good to ‘see’ you there 🙂


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