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The Power of Learning Networks

This presentation and discussion was part of the North Central Cropping Leadership Academy workshop on March 19, 2015 in Fargo ND.

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The Power of Learning Networks

  1. 1. The Power of Learning Networks Anne Adrian @aafromaa Karen Jeannette @KJeannette Bob Bertsch @NDBob North Central Region Cropping Academy Workshop March 19, 2015 1
  2. 2. “… the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks” (Stephen Downes, 2007, para.) and extend those networks, but first let’s make the most of the network in an open kind of way. 2
  3. 3. … and know that learning is messy and beautiful and stressful--(stress brings heartiness). 3
  4. 4. Learning Is social. Occurs through connecting specialized network nodes (people or other entities) and information sources. 4
  5. 5. Learning Networks Connect people who have common knowledge, interests, and goals around a shared purpose. Are ecosystems where members interact and derive knowledge from others. Set the stage and culture for co-learning and co-creation. In the process, co-creation inherently includes learning. 5
  6. 6. Network Phases Connectivity - people are linked to exchange information easily and possibly to learn as a result. ( i.e., be at ease with learning out loud) Alignment - people are linked to create and share a set of ideas, goals and strategies Production - people are linked to produce innovative practice, products or other outputs 6
  7. 7. Learning Networks Enable its members to draw new knowledge that they would not normally have access to. Allow for inquiry that would not normally occur. Increase and scale individual and collective capacity learning. 7
  8. 8. Learning Networks Learning grows in many directions and any direction. Learning grows and spreads even when the network is disrupted or broken. Learning through networking helps members and the network prepare for uncertainty and complexity.
  9. 9. Cnyfen 9
  10. 10. Organically Formed Learning Network 10
  11. 11. Intentionally Designed Learning Network 11
  12. 12. Intentionally Designed Learning Network 12
  13. 13. Setting Up a Learning Network Find the spark - people with common knowledge, interests, and goals. Define the purpose of the network - why does it exist. Understand the value proposition of the network. Focus on the defined network until that network is strong. Allow and work at creating diversity and inclusive of others Be adamant on creating a frequency of interaction. Use a developmental evaluation approach to understand the progress and impact (not a logic model--let us explain). 13
  14. 14. Setting Up a Learning Network (much like setting up a MOOC) Orient — materials and standard social media which will be relied on. Declare — developing an online credibility and reputation by openly reflecting on learning. Network — follow others and make connections with a diverse expertise, opinions, thoughts and behaviors. Cluster — cluster with people with shared specific interests and expertise. Focus — plan open projects, opportunities. 14
  15. 15. Members Are Not Equal Karen will add roles of LN reference here 15 Map of national consumer horticulture network of expertise based off of Roles and engagement vary. ●Time Spent ●Talents/abilities
  16. 16. Characteristics of Learning Networks Motivated core members - each intentional in learning. Generosity - members must be willing to openly share their knowledge with other members. Reciprocity - members need to be able to expect that by sharing knowledge they will benefit by becoming the recipient of knowledge shared by others. Peer-to-peer - no hierarchy. No one individual has control. Network nodes and links are not equal and are fluid. Connections between information sources facilitate continual learning. 16
  17. 17. Characteristics of Learning Networks Shared identity. Engaging. Diverse members. Sharing openly. Learning out loud. Inclusive -- beyond the academic world. Open licenses (Creative Commons--remix). Test and seek new approaches, innovations, and possibly funding.   17
  18. 18. Eventual Results of Learning Networks Ways of knowing and knowledge are derived from a diversity of opinions. Decisions are supported by rapidly altering fundamentals as new information is quickly integrated to create a new climate of thinking. 18
  19. 19. Eventual Results of Learning Networks Creates agility and resilience in the individual’s and the organization’s abilities to learn, adapt, collaborate, and innovate in meaningful and valuable ways. 19 Fluid Flexible Fun (Social Comfort)
  20. 20. Eventual Results of Learning Networks Creates a platform for sustainable learning, knowledge management and collaborative innovation that addresses complex issues. 20
  21. 21. Innovation RFAs Due April 17, 2015 21
  22. 22. References and Resources Connectivism as a Learning Theory for the Digital Age Connecting to Change the World - Peter Plastrik and Madeleine Taylor Answering: What is a community of practice? Measuring community or network growth Innovation catalysts (in a network of expertise) Engaging Citizens in Co-creation of public services Setting up a MOOC 22
  23. 23. Photo and Image Credits Image Image Image Image Citation:(?) Ohio State Weed Lab Archive, The Ohio State University, See more at: Image Citation:(?) Ohio State Weed Lab Archive, The Ohio State University, See more at: Wirearchy 23