A Post-Postscript . . . My Learning Ecosystem November 15, 2009Posted by IaninSheffield in CPD, TELIC.
Tags: learning, pln, TELIC
A postscript to my last post . . . does that make it a postpostscript?
I wanted to create an interactive online version . . . truly I did! One that I could keep up to date as things change (and as I think of things which should have been there in the first place!) and one which permitted some degree of interactivity for the viewer (zoom, rearrangement of nodes etc), but in the end I ran up against a time imperative for the course I’m on and in the end that was that.
So here it is My response to a request to create a diagram of what a learning environment looks like. I decided to personalise it because learning environments are . . . personal; different for each person. Oh sure commercial, institutional LE’s or CMS’s are largely set up and you takes what you gets. But the learning environment you access as a student on a course (or you use to support your students) is only part of the larger environment which nourishes your learning. I’ve chosen the term ‘ecosystem’ in preference to environment for reasons given towards the end of the last post to reflect the greater complexity that constitutes a personal learning space.
My first thought was that my learning ecosystem has two distinct communities: the online and offline. Each of these is composed of various populations and/or individuals with which I interact. However the relationship between us is often a two-way pathway – I learn from them and in some instances, I help them to learn. The red and green arrows indicate the direction of that knowledge transfer and the relative sizes of the arrows suggests whether I’m a net giver or receiver along that pathway. Some of the pathways are many-to-one paths, whilst others are one-to-one (actually one-to-many in the wider context beyond my ecosystem) and in a few instances (my Blog and Flickr) are one-to-many. Some populations are composed of several individuals as in the RSS feeds, whilst others are complex, interwoven networks like Twitter.
The crucial element arising from this ecosystem is the richness brought by drawing from eclectic sources. We also have to recognise that this is simply a snapshot in time; in six months time my ecosystem may look very different, adapting to meet changing demands . . . just like a real ecosystem?