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Emergent Learning Model


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A way of looking at all of education and learning to promote discussion about the relationship between informal, non-formal & formal learning ahead of EU i2015. Can help thinking about; business models of institutions, the social processes of learning, learning resource design, OER co-creation of learning processes

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Emergent Learning Model

  1. 1. Emergent Learning Model; presented by Fred Garnett; OU October 7th 2010 A Proposed Model of the relationships between Informal, Non-Formal and Formal Learning INFORMAL INFORMAL NON-FORMAL NON-FORMAL FORMAL FORMAL PEOPLE as PEOPLE as RESOURCES RESOURCES INSTITUTIONS INSTITUTIONS Individuals Social Groups Created Provided Adaptive Accredited Groups Audiences Learning Sequences Learning Resources Home Courses Aggregations Groups Web 2.0 Tools Set texts Library/Museum Units Individuals Channels Media Templates TV Programmes Community Qualifications «ADMIN ACCESS» «SCAFFOLDING ADMIN» LEARNING > < EDUCATION Learners Teachers learning skills; a) organising people teachers skills a) structuring resources b) collaboratively b) accessing resources brokering accreditation Supported by; Trusted Intermediaries Supported by; Tools & Skills People are how we scaffold Resources are how we scaffold learners Institutions are how we scaffold organisation accreditation EDUCATION; Education flows from Right to Left in the right-hand columns this Diagram Formal Education flows begin with an Institution offering accreditation, which also provides related resources and enables groups to meet that expressed goal. The social processes of learning may be acknowledged but only in order to make that formal education work. From this perspective learners are those who follow the rules of the institution. LEARNING; Learning flows from Left to Right in the left hand columns in this Diagram The natural desire to learn is often constructed as informal learning emerging from the interests of individuals and/or groups who may organise and access resources in pursuit of that self-determined interest. In our educational culture this self- organisation tends to be seen as inimical to education and is either discouraged, portrayed as plagiarism, or seen as better placed within a “cultural” context. From this perspective learners are those who follow their interests.