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Chaos in learning: Engaging learners in resolving chaos through networking


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MultiMOOC is about chaos in learning and how to engage learners in resolving that chaos through networking with one another. This presentation introduces a connectivist take on chaos in learning, with its suggestion that sense-making can be enhanced through a network of learners. Taking the Cynefin distinction of simple, complicated, complex, and chaotic problems, MOOCs seem directed at the latter two. We look at some examples of how learning occurs in MOOCs and wind up with some implications for the future.

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  • Hi @Arthur Oglesby. I have just now come upon your comment from 5 years ago. My oh my. You are not the first to have noticed the similarity between evomlit and e-vomit, so we join you in your laughter. I remember you from MOOCs at the time. Nice to hear from you. These days I'm e-regurgitating at Welcome to join in that conversation or appear on the show. Cheers ^V^
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  • Thanks for this Vance. I was introduced to connectivist learning a year ago via Howard Rhiengold's book 'Net Smart'. I practiced his ideas in OLDSMOOC's 'Learning Design' MOOC. Participating in a network of like minded participants was like trying to gulp down a swimming pool volume of data from its aggregator firehose.
    In Rhizo14 MOOC, I followed your node back to your other networks and will now follow the link in this slideshow, to dozens more.
    Very soon I hope to pause from all this drinking and start evomiting, lol.
    Oooppps, I just realized I have been misreading your hashtag #evomlit as e-vomit. I wondered and laughed at why you referred to your writings as electronic regurgitation.
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Chaos in learning: Engaging learners in resolving chaos through networking

  1. 1. Chaos in Learning and resolving that chaos through networking Vance Stevens Learning2gether with MultiMOOC and YLTSIG EVO sessions January 26, 2014
  2. 2. Who is a young Learner? Find these slides at • Anyone under 60? • I teach pilot cadets 18-20 years old Vance Stevens January 2014
  3. 3. What is Chaos? Benoit Mandelbrot and fractal diagrams Chaos Theory Vance Stevens January 2014
  4. 4. Stella Bastone on Chaos Vance Stevens January 2014
  5. 5. Downes on Chaos • “What we see is chaos” • From this YouTube Noves maneres daprendre i treballar en la societat xarxa. Stephen Downes Vance Stevens January 2014
  6. 6. Siemens on Chaos Howard Reingold interviews George Siemens: Vance Stevens January 2014
  7. 7. Siemens on Chaos "I’m not aware of any research actually that says linear structure produces better outcomes than more chaotic meandering structure. Our intent … is to argue that – the experience of learning, making sense of that chaos, is actually the heart of the learning experience, – but if an instructor makes sense of that chaos for you and gives you all the readings and sets the full path in place for you then • you are eviscerating the learner’s experience • because now you’ve made sense of them and all you’ve told them is walk the path that I’ve formed. – When it comes to complexity I’m a great fan of letting learner’s hack their way through that path and getting the value of that learning experience and that sense-making process.” Vance Stevens January 2014
  8. 8. Chaos Navigation Vance Stevens January 2014
  9. 9. Intuitive chaos navigation Vance Stevens January 2014
  10. 10. What do learners need In an era of accelerating change? Vance Stevens January 2014
  11. 11. Thomas and Brown (2011) A New Culture of Learning Teaching someone to fish helpful to extent that • fish stocks last and that • radically new techniques for catching them won’t be required in his lifetime Vance Stevens January 2014
  12. 12. Coping with chaos requires • Strategies • Literacies skills • A network = Connectivism Vance Stevens January 2014
  13. 13. How do we inculcate these skills in young learners? • We have to learn them ourselves • How do we do that Vance Stevens January 2014
  14. 14. My own approach = SMALL Social media assisted language learning • Webheads in Action • EVO (Electronic Village Online) • Learning2gether • MultiMOOC 8_M5Deq36Ot_jQ_w8rflsGuA/edit#heading=h.wwfgxw6e65fd Vance Stevens January 2014
  15. 15. Training vs. Learning I train SCUBA diving My students LEARN English • I don’t TEACH it – I can’t! Vance Stevens January 2014
  16. 16. Avoiding chaos in language classes A good thing? Vance Stevens January 2014
  17. 17. Language is a chaotic problem Vance Stevens January 2014
  18. 18. MOOCs • According to Cormier, MOOCs address the left side of Cynefin quadrant Vance Stevens January 2014
  19. 19.  xMOOCs and cMOOCs  We must distinguish training • Coursera • EdX • Udacity from deeper learning • CCK08 • Rhizomatic Learning Vance Stevens January 2014
  20. 20. A course about MOOCs (but not a MOOC) Vance Stevens January 2014
  21. 21. Understanding MOOCs is Ineffable Vance Stevens January 2014
  22. 22. Serendipitous Learning in MOOCs Vance Stevens January 2014
  23. 23. Intuitive chaos navigation Vance Stevens January 2014
  24. 24. How is chaos resolved? • Conversations • Connections • Coping with chaos – Orient – Declare – Network – Cluster – Focus s/108458862109297898812 Success in a MOOC (Dave Cormier) Vance Stevens January 2014
  25. 25. Practical Projects? Collaboration - Taiwan and KBZ Air Colleges Vance Stevens January 2014
  26. 26. Drones for Schools Vance Stevens January 2014
  27. 27. To resolve the present chaos • • • • Rethink learning Flip everything Participate in MOOCs Join colleagues regularly online • Join and form communities of practice • Empower your students to be creative Vance Stevens January 2014
  28. 28. Thank You These slides with hyperlinks hopefully preserved can be found at Vance Stevens January 2014