Learning from the future as it emerges #edcmooc

Human learning has been my favorite topic in this blog from the  beginning. Now I meet this topic on edcmooc, which recommends a lecture of Campbell Gardner: Ecologies of Yearning. I studied psychology at a university since 1964- and know the learning theories, first behaviorism and then its critics. In the 1970’ies we Finnish university students learned to know Bateson and his three levels of action/consciousness. We wanted be revolutionary and change the old frames and build up something new, our own perspectives. So does every generation and believes that it is the very first time. That’s life and so it must be, I suppose.

It was good to meet Bateson again. The challenge is the same and the goal to think differently, is it nearer now? In my eyes, it was most convincing that the lecturer spoke at his edges, he was after something new, he was teaching himself via the many text slides. I loved the sayings: we don’t see things how they are – we see them how we are. Human learning is very limited without self- awareness. I do not like the way how Bateson’s double binds are transferred to education in a simple way. People were laughing at paranoids and other fool people, oh no. If a child meets these impossible double bind situations, its is not a right place to laugh at. It could be better to speak about stacked loops only: how many levels of one’s learning the student is aware.

The next phase in this way is in 1980’ies reflection-in-action and on-action (Schön). Kitchener and King built a Reflective Judgement Model, which opened my eyes again. They used concepts as Quasi-reflective reasoning and reflective reasoning. They described the continuous development from one frame to another, from narrow to broad, from concrete to abstract and so on.

What is the learning that is going on during this edcmooc? is not a question which can be easily answered. Many people have been thinking about it since the first moocs and I participated in a research meeting in autumn 2009 for the first time. One of the best research articles, I think;  are written by Roy Williams and Jenny Mackness. They are developing a dynamic description about learning and I was happy to meet Roy in one of our edcmooc discussion forums ‘metaphors for opening education’. I put one image here, this describes learning in CCK08 and I can recognize some parts of it.

The dimensions are explained in their publications in IRRODL (March 2011 and October 2012). Trust and Risk can be seen here, also Campbell Gardner spoke about ‘feeling homely enough’. Both are needed, fear and safety.

I have printed the articles of Roy and Jenny in order to read them well, but the moment has not yet come. Actually. it is not a lack of time, it is lack of my understanding – how on earth do they build up this map of learning landscapes?

I am sure that during edcmooc many great descriptions about learning will appear and become published in different ways. This course has the right atmosphere, climate for supporting creativity. I am surprised how well this course is working. We have people enough so that diversity does not turn to like-mindedness. We can listen to each other and be curious about the differences we have. It is great to participate on this course.

At last I want to refer to one of my older posts: Dreaming about deeper learning, Apr 22nd 2012. There is a seven minutes video where Otto Scharmer says the words which I wrote to the heading of this post: Learning from the future as it emerges. Stop downloading the same stuff, observe, explore the future by doing something. Open mind, open heart, open will – a road less traveled. Please listen to Otto Scharmer.

I have to add here a link to another digital viking, Asbjörn. I have a feeling that his blog Digimatik deals with same questions as I try tto handle here. Actually, we schould explore how Bateson and Scharmer connect with digital viking lifestyle or mindset?


7 thoughts on “Learning from the future as it emerges #edcmooc

  1. Heli, this is such a wonderful blog. Learning takes place by reading blogs like yours. Dr. Otto Scharmer’s speech is interesting. Keep writing.

  2. Thanks, Ligia
    your support came to a right moment, I had a feeling that no one reads that long egocentric text. But you did!
    Now I am interested in you, who you are and do you blog yourself? I’ll keep in mind your name..
    Let’s enjoy edcmooc..

  3. Thanks for this, Heli. One of the best things about this course is that we are being introduced to resources, thoughts and material we might not normally come across. The scale of participation seems to mean that we do not only download the same old things, but get diverse views, experience and search results. One of my favourite things about the web is serendipity if one allows oneself to be open to go where things take us, so that we do discover new thoughts and visions especially those we may not agree with or have thought of before. This is a roundabout way of saying I like ths post and that I went to explore your link to Otto Scharmer. This is the ‘opening’ education that Gardner Campbell refers to in his address, the connections we make along the way.

  4. Hi Heli – it’s good to read a bit about your experience of EDCMOOC. I registered, but haven’t had a chance to do more than have a quick look. For Roy, Simone and me, it would be great if you could draw a footprint of your experience with EDCMOOC. The paper has some appendices which explain how we went about it. There is more information on the wiki that Roy set up – http://footprints-of-emergence.wikispaces.com/ . You are welcome to join if you are interested. I would also be very happy to talk you through it if you would like a Skype call. I expect Roy would be interested too. Good to be in touch. Jenny

  5. Hello Heli,
    See that after I posted more people left messages ☺ I live in Los Angeles and teach higher education courses both online at three universities and face-to-face during summer at another university. This is my first MOOC. Some things I am learning in this course help my teaching. This course encouraged me to create a blog and a glogster. I spent a lot of time setting up my blog and still I am apprehensive about it. I sent my blog feed to EDC MOOC News, but my blog is not up.
    I am looking forward to reading your reflections and hearing from you.

  6. Thanks you all, these comments help me to look to the future.
    Jenny, I want to take the time to read your wiki better.
    Ligia, I began to follow your blog in RSS, thanks for the address. You have already read the resources of third week, I haven’t.

    This week has the theme HUMAN and what could be more interesting? See you!

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