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Architects of Learning


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Guest lecture for the Hyperlinked Library MOOC, a free online course offered by Michael Stephens, Kyle Jones, and the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University.

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Architects of Learning

  1. 1. 1 Architects of Learning Peter Morville, Hyperlinked Library, 2013
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  9. 9. 9 “Performances of Understanding” Harvard Graduate School of Education
  10. 10. 10 “When I was playing baseball, most of the time I wasn’t playing full-scale, four bases, nine innings. I was playing a perfectly suitable junior version of the game...But when I was studying those shards of math and history, I wasn’t playing a junior version of anything. It was like batting practice without knowing the whole game. Why would anyone want to do that?”
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  13. 13. 13 The Architecture of a Class
  14. 14. 14 The MOOCs must first compete with nonconsumption by meeting demand outside the schools (e.g., developing countries, home-schooling) and then within (e.g., letting students take courses not offered by their district). Later, this self-paced, student- centered model may gain sufficient momentum to become the dominant paradigm.
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  16. 16. 16 Information Literacy The ability the find, evaluate, create, organize, and use information from myriad sources and media.
  17. 17. 17 “It is now my suggestion that many people may not want information, and that they will avoid using a system precisely because it gives them information…If you have information, you must first read it…You must then try to understand it…Understanding the information may show that your work was wrong, or may show that your work was needless…Thus not having and not using information can often lead to less trouble and pain than having and using it.” Calvin Mooers (1959)
  18. 18. 18 “We shape our buildings. Thereafter, they shape us.” Winston Churchill (1943)
  19. 19. 19 Where architects use forms and spaces to design environments for inhabitation, information architects use nodes and links to create environments for understanding. Jorge Arango, Architectures
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  21. 21. 21 Systems thinking looks at relationships (rather than unrelated objects), connectedness, process (rather than structure), the whole (rather than just its parts), the patterns (rather than the contents) of a system, and context. Thinking systematically also requires several shifts in perception, which lead in turn to different ways to teach, and different ways to organize society
  22. 22. 22 “Some interconnections in systems are actual physical flows, such as the water in the tree’s trunk or the students progressing through a university.” “Many interconnections are flows of information – signals that go to decision points or action points within a system…information holds systems together.”
  23. 23. 23 “Some habits have the power to start a chain reaction. Success doesn’t depend on getting every single thing right, but instead relies on identifying a few key priorities and fashioning them into powerful levers.”
  24. 24. 24 “Willpower is the single most important keystone habit for individual success.”
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  27. 27. 27 Polar bears are a keystone species in the Arctic ecosystem.
  28. 28. 28 The library is an act of inspiration architecture and a keystone of culture.
  29. 29. 29 IA Therefore I Am Peter Morville Understanding IA (Prezi) Blog Twitter @morville