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Agile Learning community of practice


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Presented at the Be Bettr conference on hacking education, London, 2011-01-14
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Agile Learning community of practice

  1. 1. Do we need an agile learning community of practice? @ agilelearn
  2. 3. The monks write blog posts packed with old movie clips and argue late into the night in pubs after conference sessions. They want to liberate knowledge from the university altogether
  3. 4. <ul><li>1997 </li></ul><ul><li>Design features to work with 14.4k modems: </li></ul><ul><li>CSS, mostly plain text </li></ul><ul><li>Warnings for IE3 users </li></ul><ul><li>Crap logo </li></ul>
  4. 6. Is your learning infrastructure blocking the natural flow ?
  5. 8. + +
  6. 9. Home to roost
  7. 10. Some chickens…? <ul><li>Self-organised learning is just for people with degrees </li></ul><ul><li>You need much more than content to enable a learning experience </li></ul><ul><li>Extending formal schooling is key to building capacity </li></ul>
  8. 11. Some questions <ul><li>In which contexts might agile models take off? </li></ul><ul><li>Who defines quality, and how? How does this link to accreditation? </li></ul><ul><li>Where are the ethical and political trapdoors? </li></ul>
  9. 12. We don’t know how applicable these agile approaches are in different circumstances, or with what impact …
  10. 13. … therefore a community of practice is one of the things that would help us find out
  11. 14. Can you tell me… …whether this argument is right or wrong? <ul><li>How best to docu-ment and share? </li></ul><ul><li>Who’s already doing this? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the flaws? </li></ul>@ agilelearn
  12. 16. Credits & licensing <ul><li>Blogging monk photo by Mike Licht </li></ul><ul><li>Chickens photo by Laura Hadden </li></ul><ul><li>Empty pocket photo by Stuart Pilbrow </li></ul><ul><li>Constipated face photo by John Ryan </li></ul><ul><li>These slides are licensed under Creative Commons </li></ul><ul><li>Find them online at </li></ul>