14 mars 2016

"Chaos rules" revisited

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningAbout 20 years ago, lost in the midst of my PhD research, I mused over proposed titles. I was pretty pleased with myself to come up with ‘Chaos Rules’ (the implied double meaning was deliberate) or, more completely, Chaos Rules: An Exploration of The Work of Instructional Designers in Distance Education. I used the then emerging theories of chaos and complexity to underpin my analysis. More...

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Using mLearning and MOOCs to understand chaos, emergence, and complexity in education

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningIn this paper, we look at how the massive open online course (MOOC) format developed by connectivist researchers and enthusiasts can help analyze the complexity, emergence, and chaos at work in the field of education today. We do this through the prism of a MobiMOOC, a six-week course focusing on mLearning that ran from April to May 2011. MobiMOOC embraced the core MOOC components of self-organization, connectedness, openness, complexity, and the resulting chaos, and, as such, serves as an interesting paradigm for new educational orders that are currently emerging in the field. More...

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A pedagogy of abundance or a pedagogy to support human beings? Participant support on massive open online courses

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis paper examines how emergent technologies could influence the design of learning environments. It will pay particular attention to the roles of educators and learners in creating networked learning experiences on massive open online courses (MOOCs). The research shows that it is possible to move from a pedagogy of abundance to a pedagogy that supports human beings in their learning through the active creation of resources and learning places by both learners and course facilitators. More...

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Aligning the quantum perspective of learning to instructional design: Exploring the seven definitive questions

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningTThis paper builds upon a foundational paper (under review) which explores the rudiments of the quantum perspective of learning. The quantum perspective of learning uses the principles of exchange theory or borrowed theory from the field of quantum holism pioneered by quantum physicist David Bohm (1971, 1973) to understand learning in a new way. Bohm proposes that everything exists as wholes, rather than as parts, and that everything is connected. More...

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Emergent learning and interactive media artworks: Parameters of interaction for novice groups

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningEmergent learning describes learning that occurs when participants interact and distribute knowledge, where learning is self-directed, and where the learning destination of the participants is largely unpredictable (Williams, Karousou, & Mackness, 2011). These notions of learning arise from the topologies of social networks and can be applied to the learning that occurs in educational institutions. However, the question remains whether institutional frameworks can accommodate the opposing notion of “cooperative systems” (Shirky, 2005), systems that facilitate the creation of user-generated content, particularly as first-year education cohorts are novice groups in the sense of not yet having developed university-level knowledge. More...

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Pointillist, cyclical, and overlapping: Multidimensional facets of time in online education

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningA linear, sequential time conception based on in-person meetings and pedagogical activities is not enough for those who practice and hope to enhance contemporary education, particularly where online interactions are concerned. In this article, we propose a new model for understanding time in pedagogical contexts. Conceptual parts of the model will be employed as a “cultural technology” to help us relate to evolving phenomena, both physical and virtual. We label these constructs as pointillist, cyclical, and overlapping times. More...

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Designing for learning: Online social networks as a classroom environment

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis paper deploys notions of emergence, connections, and designs for learning to conceptualize high school students’ interactions when using online social media as a learning environment. It makes links to chaos and complexity theories and to fractal patterns as it reports on a part of the first author’s action research study, conducted while she was a teacher working in an Australian public high school and completing her PhD. The study investigates the use of a Ning online social network as a learning environment shared by seven classes, and it examines students’ reactions and online activity while using a range of social media and Web 2.0 tools. More...

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Emergent, self-directed, and self-organized learning: Literacy, numeracy, and the iPod Touch

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis paper uses narrative and storying to retell how two girls ages 5 and 7 continue to make use of an iPod touch to expand their literacy and numeracy. The paper explores the stopwatch and alarm features within the clock application, as well as the weather application, and the Internet browsing capability of the iPod touch. It also explores some of the challenges and inequities inherent in using this type of technology. The paper concludes with the author’s belief that it is important to allow learners freedom to explore and freely play with the technology and that emergent, self-directed, and self-organized learning is a natural and gentle approach to lifelong learning. More...

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IRRODL (International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning) - Vol 12, No 7 (2011)

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningSpecial Issue - Emergent Learning, Connections, Design for Learning

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Editorial: Volume 12, Number 7
Rod Sims, Elena Kays

Research Articles

Gail Casey, Terry Evans
Pekka Ihanainen, John Moravec
Marta Kawka, Kevin Larkin, Patrick Alan Danaher
Katherine Joyce Janzen, Beth Perry, Margaret Edwards
Rita Kop, Hélène Fournier, John Sui Fai Mak
Inge de Waard, Sean Abajian, Michael Sean Gallagher, Rebecca Hogue, Nilgün Keskin, Apostolos Koutropoulos, Osvaldo C. Rodriguez

Research Notes

David Murphy
Carlo Antonio Ricci

Book Notes

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Book review - Telecollaboration 2.0: Language, literacies and intercultural learning in the 21st century
Nataly Tcherepashenets

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Bob Dylan sells archive material to university

Bob Dylan has sold his personal archive of notes, draft lyrics, poems, artwork and photographs to the University of Tulsa, where they will be made available to scholars and curated for public exhibitions, reports Reuters. Read more...

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