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
In that paper we focused on developing our understanding of emergent and prescribed learning in relation to ways of working on the Web.
In the Footprints paper just published, we have explored how we might recognise a curriculum that promotes emergent or prescribed learning and suggested a framework for doing this. We are hoping that through this work we will be able to work collaboratively with others to examine a variety of curricula and learning environments (from curricula in more formal settings such as schools and Higher Education, to more informal settings such as MOOCs), and so further develop our understanding of the factors that lead to different degrees of emergent or prescribed learning.
In addition, we are beginning to see possible links between these ideas and those we have developed in a second paper – Synaesthesia and Embodied Learning which we have submitted to the Leonardo Journal
We have already presented some of the ideas associated with the Footprints framework at a conference at Stirling University in June of this year. (See also blog post – Learn by unlearning; see by unseeing)
Further presentations related to the paper will be to:
- CPsquare community – – in the week of November 19th as one of their Research and Development series of events. For this we hope to use the Footprints framework to discuss learning in CPsquare with community members.
- Lancaster University on Tuesday 12th February 2012 for their CPD (continuing professional development ) series
- An Abstract has been submitted to the SEAD Working Group on White Papers – and we are currently in the process of writing the paper for submission on November 15th
(see also blog post – SEAD: Describing Changing Curricula)
- We are also in the process of seeking funding to develop the Footprints framework further.
What I particularly like about this work (apart from the pleasure of working with Roy and Simone) is that it is continually in progress. It has not been a ‘one off’. In fact whilst the publication process has actually been quite fast (about 6 months), it has felt slow, since out conversations around this work have been ongoing and our thinking is continually developing and evolving.
So it’s great to see the paper published.
This looks to be an interesting issue of IRRODL with contributions from some authors I recognise and follow – so I am looking forward to reading the papers.