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Summary of day 3

posted Jan 13, 2013, 3:15 AM by Yishay Mor   [ updated Jan 13, 2013, 3:17 AM ]
Good evening from a cold and wintery UK. 

This weekend’s activities are focussed on developing your study circles and, where possible, teams. To clarify, study circles comprise of participants who wish to engage around a particular topic area. Study circles may be locally organised, (from a single institution or town, or distributed by time and space). A team, however, is different to a study circle. A team will comprise of several likeminded people who agree to work on a particular design. Designs may be connected within a cloudscape. Cloudscapes are just collections of clouds about a certain topic. You don't need to use Cloudworks to do this. Any "shared space" such as a Facebook group, a google group, a wiki or blog, will do. You can use services such as http://www.meetup.com/ to set up your local study circle. 

With about 90 clouds in the dreambazaar - most with several comments, a similar number in the "introduce yourself" cloud, 750 posts in the discussion group, and a constant stream of tweets and blog posts (including around 1000 page views a day), it looks like you're busy!
We're also seeing the first teams (http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/2470) and study circles (http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/2456) appearing, which is great.
Yet, some of you seem to be struggling with cloudworks. If that's you, have  a look at http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloud/view/6664 and http://www.olds.ac.uk/blog/Cloudworks-OLDS-MOOC.

Penny Bentley shared (https://plus.google.com/108402573958972435048/posts/cjZRc1PzBU1) to Andrew Miller's "education as learning design". Nice (and short) read.

Mark Nichols suggests (https://groups.google.com/d/msg/olds-mooc-open/ZMjlsVWCesc/ij9asdCyoRMJ) transformative learning as a pedagogical and ethical framework: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transformative_learning. Our question is: how do you design for transformative learning?

David Jennings considers the notion of design as objects with intent, and asks: but how's intent? He also argues that "most learning provided by institutions is over-designed, over-engineered, over-specified". Provocative?

Will Stewart (https://groups.google.com/d/msg/olds-mooc-open/fFn4vIGuIM8/b5zmi1ug6bkJ) asks: Could a curriculum designed for the 21st century, exist within a 20th century institution? 

Phil https://groups.google.com/d/msg/olds-mooc-open/gddS9OfQDso/JkQ4slYYLNQJ TED sends us to a TED talk by Barry Schwartz, were he laments the scripting of education "we know why these scripts are there: because we don't trust our teachers". Does learning design empower teachers or marginalise them?

A lot to mull over..

Simon, Peter and Yishay
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