Saturday, 8 October 2011

Collective Learning Explained

(#change11)
This is Allison Littlejohn's presentation on Collective Learning, described in terms of her research of the use of this in an international company (with colleagues).
This was not a topic that I initially had much interest in, but the MOOC has really thrown light on something I would not otherwise had considered.
The model that Littlejohn describes (see previous post Tools for Collective Learning) shows that this is a discipline in development and she provides a credible model of how it can be explained.
She describes "charting" as a sense-making process that allows people to make sense of the collective knowledge. [Google Swirl is one suggestion as to how to make sense of the collective knowledge - could not find this... now discontinued by Google]
Learning Goals help glue the whole thing together and give direction.


1 comment:

Colin Milligan said...

Yes, it is a shame Swirl was discontinued (in the last month or so). It was a tool for visualising search results, clustering ideas and allowing the user to move between these clusters. When envisioning tools to support charting, we were trying to think of mechanisms by which an individual could visualise their own view of the knowledge, resources and people: their knowledge structures. We wanted to go a little beyond knowledge sharing tools such as thebrain.com and didn't want the visualisation interface to appear gimmicky.