One of the themes of our presentation about the Making Learning Connected MOOC at the Digital Media and Learning Conference in Boston last weekend was the planned learning versus the unplanned, or the emergent, learning. I found it incredibly exciting over the summer when the unexpected happened. It was something we facilitators hoped might happen but when you are planning, you can only lay some groundwork. You can’t force unknown ideas to emerge.
You can, however, notice it and focus the spotlight on it.
For our session, I went in and created this visual, showing what we planned (the trunk) and what emerged naturally (the branches) from each of the Make Cycles of the CLMOOC. I like that this kind of illustration allows me to document and remember the emergent ideas from participants, and values their innovative ideas.
Peace (along the branches),