The Learning Emergence Network springs from several years’ collaboration between  the University of Bristol (Systems Centre, Faculty of Engineering),  University of Technology Sydney (Connected Intelligence Centre), and Incept Labs, Sydney. [more about the people]

Learning Emergence‘s mission is to advance the development of these ideas in dialogue with related approaches, and the growing number of partners who are testing and refining them in research, practice, policy and enterprise. This site serves as the hub of this wider network of partners, where you’ll see us blogging, sharing tools and resources, and debating the unfolding learning landscape.

We invite you to share your perspectives and explore collaboration opportunities — whether you are a student, a teacher, a consultant in learning and development, in HR,  in research and development, or in policy.

Core Ideas

We decided on the name Learning Emergence because we are very much learning about emergence and complex systems phenomena ourselves, even as we develop our thinking on learning as an emergent, systemic phenomenon in different contexts.

We must shift to a new paradigm for learning in schools, universities and the workplace which addresses the challenges of the 21st Century. Society needs learners who can cope with intellectual, ethical and emotional complexity of an unprecedented nature.

Learning Emergence partners share an overarching focus on deep, systemic learning and leadership — the pro-active engagement of learners and leaders in their own authentic learning journey, in the context of relationship and community. We work at the intersection of (1) deep learning and sensemaking, (2) leadership, (3) complex systems, and (4) technology:

  • Systematicising the development of learning to learn skills and habits of mind (we work with a mature model called Learning Power from University of Bristol)
  • Pedagogies of personalisation with a particular interest in the design, experience and evaluation of authentic enquiry
  • Educational transformation framed through systems thinking and complexity science developing practical tools that help learners and leaders see their work systemically
  • The role of knowledge media in scaffolding learning, sensemaking in organisations, and complex systems analysis through network science.

Learning Emergence has developed what we believe to be the world’s largest database of learning disposition profiles. We are now developing a research and technical infrastructure to integrate this with other datasets, applications and analytics techniques, to research and scaffold deep learning. We established the dispositional learning analytics field — see this presentation and this workshop to learn more…

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