Earlier today I attended the online platform preview webinar for ALT-C 2013. The platform is impressive and easy to navigate.
The webinar was useful because it prompted me to get organized and to blog about the workshop that Roy Williams and I will run on the first day – Tuesday 10 September at 3.00 pm. The title of our session is Learning in the Open
Here is a link to the Abstract for our workshop – http://footprints-of-emergence.wikispaces.com/ALT-C+Abstract
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. drawn footprints) of participants’ learning experiences in these environments. For an example, see the one below which was drawn by an OLDsMOOC participant, which shows that for this participant OLDsMOOC was for the most part a chaotic experience, but there is a lot more to be learned from this footprint. (Click on the image to see it enlarged).
We will be explaining how to draw and interpret these footprints in our workshop. You can also see many more footprints on our open wiki.
We have been working on the development of the Footprints of Emergence framework since the publication of our paper in 2012. We believe this to be a unique approach to describing the complexity of learning in any learning environment (but particularly in open environments), which has already caught the attention of some bloggers and communities. See for example:
- Jutta Pauschenwein’s blog posts about how she uses the footprints of emergence with students and colleagues.
- Heli Nurmi’s use of the footprints to reflect on her learning in EdcMOOC.
We’re looking forward to a lively session in which participants will not only take away ideas which stimulate their own thinking and work, but also that our own work and understanding will be developed through the questions and issues discussed
For further information about our ongoing work, see our open wiki – Footprints of Emergence