It’s bigger on the inside

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The Doctor: You didn’t always take me where I wanted to go.
Tardis: No, but I always took you where you needed to go.

I have a confession to make.  I don’t like the rhizome.  At least not as a metaphor for learning.  I’ve tried to like it.  I appreciate the idea of something that grows in many directions, extending shoots and feelers wherever it likes.  But there are parts of the metaphor I question: If a rhizome extends laterally, what does that say about deep learning?  What priviliges some shoots to thrive and others to fail?  And what drives the rhizome to stretch in the various directions it does? Continue reading

Are books making us stupid?

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I love books.  I love the weight of a book in my hand, the sound of pages turning, the indescribable scent of ink on paper.  Libraries and book stores inspire in me a feeling of awe: something about the feeling of being surrounded by so many thoughts, so many possibilities, so many paths I could follow. Walking into the Bodleian Library at Oxford for the first time I think I finally understood the feeling religious people have in churches.  To me books are works of art twice over.  The thoughts of the writer woven in words, creating a fabric that tells of time and place as well as ideas.  The skill of the typographer, shaping the fabric into a garment whose casual simplicity belies it’s hidden complexity.  Set down forever, enduring, unchanging.  I pick up a book and enter a world that others have entered before me, and while my path through that world is inevitably unique there is a type of comfort in knowing that others have passed by the same landmarks on their own journey. Continue reading

I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore…

So today I’m embarking on my first cMOOC.  Probably a good idea for someone who researchs MOOCs to actually take a few…
The course is on Rhizomatic Learning .  When I told my husband I was taking a course on rhizomatic learning he, understandably, asked me what it was.  I didn’t really have an answer.  So objective #1 for me in this course: figure out what rhizomatic learning is.  And learn to spell it without having to check each time. Continue reading