I attended part of the University of Canberra Recent Changes Camp which explored the use of wikis as a tool for teaching and learning. From some of the conversations I was stimulated to reflect on what tasks that people engage in that create stimulating environments for learning. I thought that if hosts of learning communities were more and more conscious of the way learning happens in individuals and groups, then managing and directing the web2.0 technology (and other learning processes) could become more purposeful and less dominated by the technology. I would be grateful for your advice and input on these matters but I saw the following domains of how we learn (we learn by changing or expanding our mind):
– Reading, listening, viewing to understand expert or knowledgeable references and people
– Expressing oneself by text, audio, video or other to articulate our understanding to others
– Expressing oneself as a member of a group collaboration by text, audio, video or other to articulate our understanding to others
– Self reflection by recording one’s own observations about one’s own thinking and feeling
– Group reflection by collaboratively sharing or recording group member’s observations about each other’s thinking and feeling
– Being given feedback by others or the situation
If these are the domains where learning happens, then my task as a host/facilitator/teacher is to design rich and engaging activities in each of these spaces and then use web2.0 tools (and others) to make it easy for the community of learners to undertake these activities. Just providing the tools and expecting people to behave in certain ways doesn’t necessarily create the environment that makes rich learning and collaboration possible. There also needs to be a culture of trust, emotional safety and willingness to stretch for learning and new thinking to emerge. I think we need open public spaces which also include self managing and self selecting safer places for deeper learning exchanges to evolve. Ground rules for trust, emotional safety and willingness to stretch are open and transparent for participants to self select participation that engages deeper levels of learning.
I wonder where do models of such spaces exist?
That’s enough reflection for now.