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Summary day 8

posted Jan 17, 2013, 5:06 PM by Joshua Underwood   [ updated Jan 18, 2013, 5:39 PM by Yishay Mor ]
Things have quietened down on the discussion group, which is probably a relief for many "Google forum - who has the time?? (288 topics and counting). However i
deas about what learning design is continued to develop. Maybe, learning design is about guiding learners on to more efficient pathways, avoiding "accidental blundering through the bushes", or is that blundering part of learners "connecting to their own situations"?  Differences between orchestration and design also began to be discussed. 

I wonder whether some of the quiet is because people are settling into their groups, setting up communication spaces and getting on? We found Google communities (the OLDS MOOC Study Circle, OLDS MOOC Schools, OLDS MOOC Webinar) and Google Groups (DIY multimedia and EAP) and there are others forming in Cloudworks and elsewhere. But how to find them? People are using twitter and the open discussion to advertise and look for groups. There is even a team for the lost as you continue to help each other, welcome new participants, and offer good advice (e.g. "join a small team that interests you, read the daily summaries in the other Google Group and expect to skim quite a lot unless you have a lot of spare time").

Elsewhere, deep within the Cloudworks stuff is also going on. Teams are getting to know each other, and groups and individuals are beginning to share initial scenarios. So, if you have been developing scenarios for this week's task 2 add them as clouds to the Contextualise your project cloudscape and/or tell us about them on the week 2 task 2 discussion thread

Others have moved towards mapping the clouds in an attempt to help us find our way, check this neat visualisation. And a few lucky people applied for their first badges, not without some hiccups. I wonder whether they are the same ones that admitted badge motivation earlier on?

Conversation also began to turn towards context, situated learning, and ways of understanding context that might help us design for sustainability and learning that connects knowledge with action across settings and times. Perhaps, echo-ing earlier questions about transfer. That's handy because day 2 of week 2 heads in that direction.

"Context is any information that can be used to characterize the situation of an entity. An entity is a person, place, or object that is considered relevant to the interaction between a user and an application... A system is context-aware if it uses context to provide relevant information and/or services to the user, where relevancy depends on the user’s task." (Dey, 2001) 

When the task is to learn which entities are relevant? How can we find out? How can we use this information for 'context-aware' learning design? Something to ponder on.

So, thanks for reading the summary and with best wishes for tomorrow,


PS. I'm sure I left a lot of good stuff out. So, if you want to tell us about something for inclusion in the daily summary why not post a note to W2 highlights .

Day, Anind K., "Understanding and Using Context" (2001). Human-Computer Interaction Institute. Paper 34.