Should I declare my findings during Rhizo14? I’ve followed the discussions but not written or even commented on others’ blog posts. One day I read the blog of Jenny Mackness and enjoyed the historical perspective: Dave dealt with rhizomatic learning already in CCK08. I remember that I tried to translate that concept but didn’t succeed and it was problematic enough to try to catch what connectivism was meant to be. Now I know that there is no need to define rhizomatic learning. That concept is not needed, I agree with Terry Elliot, who said in his blog that we could speak about learning without that add (un-). Of course I have heard Dave speaking about this theme during last five years and I’ve learned that learning is complex. Yes it is, but why to repeat that from year to year? Everyone working in education knows that complexity very well.
Jenny linked her thoughts with many other rhizo14 blogs and helped others to follow the happenings. She integrates, supports and helps her co-learners and I appreciate it. Also Jaap Bosman has blogged about many interesting themes during rhizo14. I liked his post about the concepts and stages of community building. I wrote in my previous post that we tend to find in our free online discussions similar principles which educational sciences have known many years, decades or since the very beginning. We need findings of our own, it makes us happy. It is important to activate new participants in MOOCs.
I am grateful to Matthias Melcher for his rhizo14 blog list. It saves my time when I can use his work and find the active bloggers in Matthias’ blogroll. (I got a grandson Matias in March 2013, old name for men in many languages). I could also try to follow Matthias’ thoughts on deep theoretical questions. It demands energy to ponder, let’s see.
Last week’s theme Enforcing Independence is a core question in all good pedagogy. It is a paradox, impossible to implement but necessary as well. Challenging enough! It is possible to set independence as a goal of education in my country but it is a cultural concept. We had international groups in teacher education and self-directed learning did not mean the same to them as Finnish people. I have noticed an interesting discussion around this theme between Christina Hendricks and a new name to me, Mariana Funes. We speak on an abstract level on this rhizo14 course and it leaves many doors open.
It is a big temptation to play with words and concepts as Maha Bali tweeted that
this is the unweek of unMOOCS, with uncertainty theme in #rhizo14 & unlearning theme of #futureEd. I am unworking unhard in all of it
Here is the link to Maha Bali’s blog about a similar topic. Is it funny that we unlearn in an uncourse and use unhangout? Of course it is fun to play with words sometimes. Many people have written free poems with empowered words and published them in the FB group. It is good to play. And images often tell more than words. Jenny gave the image of a tree growing outside its fence lol. I remembered this photo of mine:
It was autumn 2009 when we were recommended to destabilize our CCK09 course. Now we have uncourses, is this changing concepts = development?
Still I remember the blog of Cath Ellis. I’ve to read what she said about theory. I always dream about diving deeper but seldom do so, I am too lazy or shy or whatever. Actually I’ve a long list of interesting cues received during the last two weeks. Now I have declared my suitcase and I’ve to decide in which direction I’ll travel to maintain my motivation. We have a possibility to create something quite undone earlier in an online community…