Rhizomatic learning - Why do we teach?


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This is a presentation i did to ECI831 class on the idea of rhizomatic learning. It addresses the question 'why do we teach?'.

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Rhizomatic learning - Why do we teach?

  1. 1. Rhizomatic Learning     Why do we teach? Pls scribble on me.
  2. 2. @davecormier
  3. 3. Why do we educate students? <ul><li>  </li></ul>
  4. 4. Workers, Soldiers and Nomads
  5. 5. <ul><li>  </li></ul>The worker was the original goal of the public education system. How can we create a workforce that will show up to work on time, accept tasks and complete them.
  6. 6. Soldiers are the defenders of the status quo. They are the ones who establish what things we currently know that the worker should remember.
  7. 7. The nomad is a creative thinker. They are not restrained by the status quo and carve their own paths. They learn things because they need them.
  8. 8. Nomads are not wanderers, homeless nor necessarily restless or relentless – [they are] purposed, mindful, drawn to next discoveries and to bringing these home, communal and communicative in both social settings and self-reflection, learners because of and teachers with their families – where the context is about making it safe to take risk and where the mentoring is about making it possible to discern risk and make other decisions. Ilene Dawn Alexander
  9. 9. Should we be encouraging nomads? <ul><li>  </li></ul>
  10. 10. Memory vs. Knowledge Repeating vs. Becoming <ul><li>  </li></ul>
  11. 11. We are no longer confined by this particular packaging.
  12. 12. We are no longer restricted to listening to the smartest person in the room.
  13. 13. Rhizomes are aggressive, chaotic and resilient. They are difficult to contain. They follow their own paths. http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwsnortheast/5951029777/sizes/l/in/photostream/ rhizomes!
  14. 14. Creating an ecology (or a garden) rhizomes are slippery <ul><li>  </li></ul>
  15. 15. Open Syllabus <ul><li>  </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>  </li></ul>Openness is messy, chaotic and hard to contain. It's also not very new. Rhizomes thrive in the open.
  17. 17. Personal Learning Plans Outcomes come out... after <ul><li>  </li></ul>
  18. 18. Live Slides – what do you think of them? <ul><li>  </li></ul>
  19. 19. I'm not saying there will be no resistance. New ways and new responsibilities are not easy. That's learning.
  20. 20. The rhizome is a metaphor, like the nomad is a metaphor. The Nomad learns rhizomatically - in directions unforeseen, and, maybe, to new creative spaces. It's a process of becoming, of coming to understand. We are all different, and our new knowledge must become part of us.
  21. 21. Rhizomatic learning is...   <ul><li>Knowledge negotiation </li></ul><ul><li>Open ended learning </li></ul><ul><li>Student driven </li></ul><ul><li>Chaotic </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to assess and script </li></ul><ul><li>Nomads </li></ul><ul><li>Becoming over memory </li></ul><ul><li>Life long learning </li></ul>