Friday, June 24, 2011

Revisiting old useful ideas - learnscapes

For whatever reason, this diagram by Clark Quinn has stuck in my head, and for the fourth time of calling I found myself scrabbling to find it, including tweeting the man himself to see if he could identify it from my patchy description.
Taken from "eLEarning Tools" 17 April 2007 at Learnlets
Clark's original post came in to being around the time of the big PLE debate if I remember correctly* and heck, it mentions social in the era "BT", or "Before Twitter". What I like is that it shows asynchronous elearning as an anti-social, low-level approach, really only suited to the start of a larger programme of development (assuming the goal is to take people on a journey from novice to something greater).

I have cause to dig this out as I try to make the case for expanding our conceptualisation of training material here from simply asynch courseware and physical classroom work to something a little more involved and lasting. Our mindset can sometimes be a bit "classical" I fear, as befits a former public sector training organisation/venue in its fifth decade...

I should have looked at this for my talk last week at the eLN too - see wikis nestled up there at the top? I was right to include it in the social arena, but in the sense I was promoting their use them I'd downgrade them to scaffolding and support perhaps.

Have you seen anything similar to this that brings us up to date? Please let me know.

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