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An unlearning activity Part 2

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This is part 2 of an unlearning activity. (see Part 1 which was about writing a comment about an image of the night sky) What was seen? The night sky image got us thinking about what we could see and brought out some beautiful expression about what we felt about what we could see, making […]

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An unlearning activity Part 1

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(This is an assignment experiment for a Digital Pedagogy Lab course I’m participating in. I would love you to give it a try) “The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.” ― Carl Sagan The night sky – we all know or can […]

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Wildness

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I read the opening chapters of Martin Shaw’s, A Branch from the Lightning Tree: Ecstatic Myth and the Grace in Wildness, at an altitude, speeding across the world in a jet plane. Perhaps days of sleep interruption and exhaustion caught up with me, I found myself in tears with the beauty, not only of Martin Shaw’s […]

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Quiet design. 12 simple design principles.

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In my purse, stashed in behind two photos of my children, is a scrap of paper with the only design principles that have ever made sense to me. Twelve simple principles as an antithesis, to a sea of educational and instructional design frameworks, some of which need maddening interrogation to explain or understand. Twelve simple […]

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The mythmaker of academia

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I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. W. B. Yeats  This must be the most self-indulgent writing I’ve ever done, but I had to write it. For me, but perhaps also for anyone, who thinks they don’t belong. An unexpected side effect of taking a recent open online […]

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Rewilding the rhizome

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My small, slow contribution for the final week of #rhizo15 is an invitation to none, one, and many, laid in a public library copy of A Thousand Plateaus by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, within the Introduction: Rhizome within pages.  Written on a treasured last piece of writing paper I bought in India in 2001 and now […]

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The Fence Sitting Preservation Society

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Our education system seems to loves nothing more than the hearty debate. Our ability to express our learned opinion on a two-sided argument crops up time and time again in formal assessment. Opinion and our ability to communicate it succinctly, gains us power within a community. In education, perhaps it is supposed to demonstrate that we […]

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Commun(e)ity

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So this week when Dave asks: #rhizo15 week 5 – Is community learning an invasive species? http://t.co/g6YOBq7GXf — dave cormier (@davecormier) May 12, 2015 I feel defensive and protective about community. I just don’t understand how community can possibly invade. It’s like asking someone to go to the moon and map out the dark side. Community […]

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Entanglement in online communities

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(This is undergoing a lot of editing.) This week for rhizo15 thoughts were steered to the role of Dave in our cosmos of rhizomatic learning – questioning whether Dave at “the helm” is surplus to requirements if the community is the curriculum.  Patterns everywhere If you start looking around, you might find yourself repeatedly drawn to the same […]