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Grappling with ideas: divergence and convergence


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What does brainstorming, workshops with sticky notes, small online group learning and big distributed networks of researchers have in common? They are all grappling with big ideas, and trying to make sense of them. This talk identifies some common principles of idea-centric learning, and brings in examples from the learning sciences literature to discuss how the design of a collaborative platform can affect the direction and quality of the discourse that happens.

Invited talk in CCK11, April 6, 2011. Extended notes:

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Grappling with ideas: divergence and convergence

  1. 1. Grappling with ideas: divergence and convergence Stian Håklev, PhD Student, OISE/University of Toronto Presentation to CCK 11 April 7, 2011 - Creative Commons BY CC BY Betsy Weber @ Flickr
  2. 2. CC BY Valerie ’ s Genealogy Photos @ Flickr
  3. 9. What ’ s going on here? <ul><li>externalization </li></ul><ul><li>spatial organization </li></ul><ul><li>hierarchy, containers, levels, zoom, yanking </li></ul><ul><li>(GTD, OOP software) </li></ul>
  4. 13. Divergence, convergence, divergence, convergence, etc.
  5. 15. Stimulus, response, stimulus, response, ..., end of the course
  6. 27. Cycle of divergence and convergence + final product - representation that can be shared with others
  7. 28. Ideas are not fixed in one spot - affords emergent understanding of categories, connections Always have a shared up-to-date representation of the “ state of the knowledge of the group ” - enables knowledge talks
  8. 30. artefact discourse (cumulative vs integrative, time-based vs topic-based, high-context vs low-context, dialogue vs monologue)
  9. 33. Deixis?
  10. 37. Suthers: salience constraints
  11. 38. Suthers, 2001
  12. 39. Suthers, 2001
  13. 41. Alternative 1: A more web-savvy KF APIs
  14. 42. Alternative 2: A KB open web overlay initial post Rise above build-upons
  15. 43. 105 人 际 网 络 - 英文与中文的开放教育世界
  16. 44. Downes 46 不同的 认识 性角色 (epistemic roles)
  17. 45. Macro-collaboration and micro-collaboration Monologue to each other, or dialgoue with each other
  18. 46. 43 基于潜在 语义 索引的聚类 基于引文网 络 的聚类
  19. 47. Teplovs (2010)
  20. 48. Want to talk more about this?
  21. 52. Questions, comments
  22. 53. References will be available on my blog Thank you! [email_address] http://reganmian. net/blog CC BY