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Webcast: mapping ideas in an enquiry
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From leader-as-hero to leader-as-host
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Learning Futures Collaborative Learning Event
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Culture Futures – learning and culture change go hand in hand
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What is systems thinking?

Webcast: mapping ideas in an enquiry

As part of The Open University’s doctoral training programme, which we’re opening increasingly to the world as open educational resources, here’s the webcast and multimedia resources from my keynote at last week’s Research Methods conference. The Cloudscape from this event, which was live-blogged, is itself a great resource to mine (see also the Research Skills clouds). It was fun putting this together, and I squeezed in as many movies and live demos as possible from the projects we’ve done with Compendium to illustrate how far Vannevar Bush’s original 1945 conception of the Memex has come (widely regarded as conceiving hypertexts, such as the Web), and how far a particular visual hypermedia tool with a very simple notation (IBIS) for mapping[…]

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From leader-as-hero to leader-as-host

Resurgence magazine (January/February 2011) recently featured an article by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze based on their new book Walk Out Walk On: A learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now. In this excerpt they make the point that the only way we are going to be able to find solutions to the many challenges we face is if we recognise that we are all in this together, rather than depending on an heroic leader. Because the issues we face are complex and interconnected there are no straight forward answers – and it’s certainly more than one individual can take on. The days of command and control are past because we now realise that we live within[…]

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Learning Futures Collaborative Learning Event

Here’s what we hope to achieve in our collaborative learning event on March 8th. You  bring a story of change from your Learning Futures work, with evidence of student learning and engagement. Your  story will be selected to re-present an aspect of the Learning Futures approach, ideally School as Basecamp or School as Learning Commons.  We are interested in YOUR learning about your students’ learning and engagement through these Learning Futures approaches. You may use powerpoint, video or flip charts and please  bring some evidence from students work to ground it in the classroom.  Please let Vicki know if you need anything special. Please see the sheet below for a summary of the four themes and the main findings from[…]

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Culture Futures – learning and culture change go hand in hand

What is Culture|Futures? Culture|Futures is an international collaboration of organizations and individuals who are concerned with shaping and delivering a proactive cultural agenda to support the necessary transition towards an Ecological Age. The Cultural sector that we refer to is an interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral, inter-genre collaboration, which encompasses policymaking, intercultural dialogue/cultural relations, creative cities/cultural planning, creative industries and research & development. It is those decision-makers and practitioners who can reach people in a direct way, through diverse messages and mediums. Affecting the thinking and behaviour of people and communities is about the dissemination of stories which will profoundly impact cultural values, beliefs and thereby actions. The stories can open people’s eyes to a way of thinking that has not been considered[…]

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What is systems thinking?

These two lectures by Professor David Blockely were given in the University of Bristol in February 2011. They are a really good way to get a handle on systems thinking and how it’s applicable to the world in which we live.  They are called A Tale of Two Systems.  If you like them and the traditional lecture format then there are five more in the series which you can find on you tube or at the systems centre at the UoB.

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