Monthly Archives: December 2014

Distributed Learning Environment

This post aggregated by the the Microsoft Innovative Educators news radar.

In Connectivism, knowing where to find information is more important than what is already known. My Learning Activiy on the Microsoft in Education Network investigates “What does 21st Century Learning look like and where is it happen?” and focus on how to select tools to create PLEs and make them interoperable in learning ecologies.

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You probably heard of the tale where group of blind men touch an elephant to learn what it is like. The moral is that while everyone is experiencing at the same thing, they don’t see the context. The knowledge emerge from the connections between learners in Collaborative Open Online Lerning, i.e. a COOL – Course.

The concept is adapted from Stephen Downes six domains of expertise in critical literacies consist:

  •  syntax – detecting and using forms, rules, operations, patterns and similarities
  •  semantics – sensing and referencing, interpreting, associating and deciding
  •  pragmatics – speaking, acting, expressing, declaring, asking, meaning, using
  • cognition – description, definition, argument, explanation
  • context – theorizing, framing, identifying possibilities, environment, reference space, ontologies and categorization
  • change – relation and connection, flow, historicity, directionality, progression, logic, games, scheduling, events and activities,

(Source: http://www.downes.ca/post/54875/)

Syndicated Education in Distributed Learning Environments

In education schools create coherence based on ‘Conceptual Orientation’ (i.e. sense making) illustrating how theories and knowledge are related.  Following the emerging trend of Distributed Learning Environments used in Networked Learning, teachers also need to include ‘Spatial Orientation’ (i.e. way finding) to answer questions like: Where do I find useful Learning Resources (i.e. salience)?  How are these resources interconnected (i.e. pattern recognition)? What is the underlying message (i.e. trajectory)?

 In the previous module we used web tools for creating, delivering and managing Learning Resources [#CNT12]. During this course you will create, deliver and manage an educational event that aggregates the latest work from participants within the cohort into one location.  This allows Peer-to-Peer (P2P) learning and keep the work they do in their own Personal Learning Environment (PLE).  The experience from this course will turn into a multi-levelled badges program awarded from peer to peer evaluation.