dave cormier – community
He spoke/wrote many moons ago, we listened/experimented/prototyped over the years. We’re grateful – to infinity – he’s had such great mentors, ie: Oscar, Bon, Posey, et al.
Dave Cormier discusses community as curriculum:
The following are snippets taken straight from the link above..
This idea of learning as something that can be bought, acquired, and then completed is deeply ingrained in popular culture.
In addition, most importantly, once the knowledge is acquired, the learning is finished.
This process, though, is usually bounded by the learning objectives laid out at the beginning of the course of study by the designer/instructor.
The problem, then, only comes into play when we are not sure what “people should be learning.” What is the curriculum for innovation? How do we impart creativity? Where do students turn to be guaranteed that they are learning what is new and current? These are the questions that face us on a more or less regular basis now. As knowledge becomes a moving target and the canon starts becoming less reliable, we need a new—or in fact an old—model of education drawn out on a new canvas: community.
We need a move toward a more practical, sustainable learning model that is less based on market-driven accreditation and more on the inevitable give and take that happens among people who engage in similar activities and share similar forms of literacy and worldviews.
If we are to move beyond how we rate/grade/accredit things… we have to move toward things that matter and things that are awesome. But both those beg the question – according to who. Which is exactly how validation should happen. Authentic validation depends on it’s context and intent. And especially (I think) in ed, we need to work really hard at not doing ourselves in.
Who becomes a personal issue to whatever community or tribe you are a part of. Credit/validation/grading is determined by the wealth (not the money kind) of that community – and quite possibly beyond – because of who you all become and what you do because of it.
more from Dave on Rhizomatic Education
how does it scale?
not possible to measure learning…
community as curriculum..
community as measure – how are the people around you doing.. no?
perhaps like Bunker Roy’s..
the barefoot movement..?
aww. my world, now a meme. RT @NealGillis
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mooc – open syllabus – the people who come in become the curriculum..
Why teach MOOCs – MOOCs as a selfish enterprise
Published on Mar 17, 2014
A short history of MOOCs from my perspective, some cMOOC pedagogy and a description of two very different uses for MOOCs, one cMOOC and one xMOOC. With input from the crowd from EdX, MIT, the media lab, Harvardx and Harvard Ed School.
Dave’s initial nudge – how do you get community life effects – on purpose2007 – George Siemens runs conference – future on ed – ran 3 week pre and 3 week post – what we really enjoyed were those 6 weeks, more than the conference.. so got together with Stephen Downes – ran course next summer – on connectivism.. 2400 join for free..8 min – nobody measured this at the time – because nobody knew this was going to happen (would it have happened if you measured it?)Thrun – all of a sudden the idea of mooc is interesting – because the scale is there.. he was trying to teach people what he knew – we were trying to bring people in to test what we knew12 min – difference between doing it for credit and doing it because you love itpast the newness – now – why are we doing this1. orient 2. declare (people have to have own voice) 3. network 4. cluster 5. focuswe don’t have outcomes.. we don’t tell them what success looks like15 min – i don’t know who you are – how am i supposed to know what’s good for you – you’re the only one that knows thatit’s very much about people who are already very much engaged in what you are talking about.. ie: haven’t seen 17 yr old wanting to do a mooc
what is learning – no answer – cmooc works better on complex issuescmooc is part course, part conference, part community, and all complexity
why not teenagers in moocs? teenagers not enough life experience for moocs – via Dave.. so trying to match them with parents.. to help develop some of those skills..distinguish cmooc and community of practice? cmooc is a generator of a community – but not a community in and of itself..so if already a community of practice.. should you create a cmooc ie: bob dylan mooc.. ? some communities come as a whole. communities can be positive but also can be disruptive.. would love to take an organization and try it..23 min – selfish reason #1 – do my research for me (rhizo14)i don’t have anyone in my hometown that i can go have coffee with and talk about rhizomes.. which is something i’m passionate about
27 min – the more you spread idea, the more you make it easy to start a cmooc – more you lose filtering – how to keep from losing filtering effect.. how easy to make it so that people know there are people here working to keep filtering? question becomes – how do you ever let new people in – once new language forms.. do you continue this or let others in.. convo won’t be as good.. tools will probably blow up.. scale is really challenging.. this model would break at scale 2
outcome – researchoutcome – community38 min – selfish reason #2 – do my job for me (physics mooc)this won’t work with physics – and with 17 year old –
basically creating a networked textbook –
So I’m working on some rhizome stuff and i’d love a little sanity check. Cross two tension pairs, open to fixed curriculum and one to many people responsible for the curriculum.
something wrong in education..
Our education system is always a victim of the need for bureaucratization. It’s terrible… but it’s a necessary evil. Getting everyone on board, getting something funded, getting training rolled out and getting a program started inevitably falls pray to ‘standardization’.
? – on board of ..? training..program..? necessary?
We totally want to be in the business of helping people do what they want to do. Try it. No really. Just try it. Sit down with a child and help them do what they want to do. And i don’t mean “hey this child has shown up with a random project they are totally passionate about and are asking me a question”
why not that?.. that’s spot on.. usefully preoccupied.. at their beckon call for just in time learning..
I mean “stop them at a random time, say 8:25am, and just start helping them.” You will get blank stares. You’ll get resistance. You’ll get students who will say anything you want if it means you will go away/give them a grade. You will not enjoy this process. They will also not enjoy it.
helping them..? how do you do that when it’s not asked for..? sounds like what i’ve been reading in regard to sleep interruptions (bad for you) vs segments of sleep (good for you).. all depends on letting go.. and listening.
The vast majority of students coming to most universities are not prepared to be engaged in learning. It’s that simple. It crosses socio-economic barriers. It crosses cultural differences. We are not bringing up a generation of children who are ENGAGED in learning by default. That engagement is an exception. I must admit… i don’t think we ever have… but then, i don’t think we’ve ever tried.
engaged in learning? – or engaged in learning we have decided needed to be learned..? they are most definitely engaged in learning. their engagement (after hours) blows us out of the water. really.
You’ll note the lack of a line in there that speaks to ‘student engagement’ in anything. Measurement of the type the inspector wants, where someone can show up on a specific day and judge someone, cannot be used to measure engagement.
perhaps eerily similar to … “stop them at a random time, say 8:25am, and just start helping them.”
I’m suggesting that we need to replace that awful STANDARD IV, quite consciously, with a first principal that asks ‘will this help people care or keep them caring’.
help people care.. ? yes.. we could do better to create a more humane education system… by helping people care about stuff. but.. perhaps the care/engagement that we’re looking for (ie: self-perpetuating forever energy) comes from us letting go. 100%.
perhaps we can help people listen to their heart/whimsy – but only because we’ve covered that natural ability up. we’ve taught them/ourselves to quiet our wandering minds. the care/curiosity/energy is within each one of us. many might night help with that uncovering.
People are going to need to care about learning if any of the cool stuff is going to happen.
imagine the cool stuff/life if we truly meant that. – care about learning. period. not learning some basics. just learning. free people can’t not learn. [even oppressed people can’t not learn. they’re just most often not learning what they are memorizing for us first.]
we need to help ourselves disengage from thinking learning has to be a certain way. and model engaged learning. aka: live alive.
i’m thinking.. that’s the difference about tech today. it can facilitate whimsy/curiosity. and it can do that right now. for 7 billion people. the catch is.. we have to trust people. all people. to find their art(s).
dave’s comment – dec 2015 – ttt on bob sprankle:
on connections/community ie: bob – more of a belonging than an entity… you can’t even trace it..
jan 2016 – Interview at ICERI2015 Conference
on rhizomatic learning – always in the middle.. never a start.. never a finish.. changes what success looks like
overcoming uncertainty.. to get to decide.. that’s critical
web as content management system
21 min – on living inside this community ie: edtechtalk 500 shows… you could learn this way
The rhizomatic lense – ICERI2015 Keynote Speech
dave snowden uncertainty
simple… complicated… complex
how did knowing become content…
content.. from process of interaction to dead people…
socrates – hated idea of writing things down.. because meant argument was dead…and somehow listener is less..
content is textbooks –
2012 – content is moocs
16 min – success designed around finishing.. ie: 1876 – standard 4 – then go to mills to work..
learning is not something that gets done… so why are we teaching…
it’s about citizenship.. citizens that can look for answers… in complex situations…
imagine.. 1\difficult to contain 2\follows own path.. inside classrooms..
rhizome.. navigating complexity
20 min – where learning is measurable.. where standardized tests are useful
open assessment/curriculum for complex situations… ie: create own models in which they can assess themselves..
bounded by analytics..
scale the community/people – process by which we learn is engagement in community.. goal for which we learn is becoming part of community of knowing
curriculum is other people
content is a print concept – june 2016
The desire to repeat things exactly and the desire to control what people learned met their perfect weapon in the printing press.
perhaps more printing press than content..
he talks about his crazy solution. Imagine, he says, if we took all the things that people needed to know and broke them into small pieces. Pieces so simply defined that ANYONE, whether they understood what they were doing or not, could teach someone else how to do something. Lets just go ahead and call it a ‘textbook’.
We’ve gone from
‘oh my god they better just memorize it so no one goes to hell’
‘lets make sure we figure out what they’re teaching so people don’t get funny ideas’
‘lets dumb this down to the point that anyone can understand it’
Tasks that could only be defined in this way because they could be written down.
So… here’s the think piece.
Content is a print concept. It requires replication in the form of the printing press. It requires authority/power in the form of a government/agency/publisher deciding what is ‘required’ to learn. It is a standardization engine for learning, both to allow for spreading of authorized messaging and to allow for ‘uninstructed teachers to teach almost as well as an experienced one.’
I can certainly see where it’s useful. Particularly when you are only invested in surface level understanding of something. I’m starting to believe, more and more, that given THE INTERNETS, content should be something that gets created BY a course not BEFORE it. Our current connectivity allows us to actually engage in discussions at scale… can that replace content?
so i’m wondering .. why have a course.. what is a course.. what’s the purpose of a course..
Unless you see content as the marker of authoritarianism
might one see – course – as a marker of authoritarianism as well..?
Ok twitter. Little help. I’m looking for Goals established by communities/cities/states that drive how we design education.
I’m thinking more like ‘we want a friendlier society – How do we change our education system to make that happen.’
short (problem deep enough – a&a; mechanism simple enough – appchip; system open enough – city/community)
ie: a nother way..
via bending ear ness
thinking/web\ing (more here on people):
pascal– 1 – be you closet (for detox) – missing piece/desire #1
family/tribe – 7 – be you house room – missing piece/desire #2
freeman – 15ish – be you house (web in house)
dunbar – 150 – roosevelt
city/globe/ni – 1000 plus – prospect
like original bp.. 7 mill (people), 8 mill (resources), 5 mill (tech) .. ibp.. ness
so for roosevelt..
Dangerous edu-stuff from @davecormier yet again. Buzzword-free, too, as is his wont. #LearningContract vs #Syllabus. So, @Jessifer, comment?
You know what you need… You need a learning contract by @davecormier medium.com/@jbhogan/you-k…
outside of an assembly line, you want people working to their strengths.
A big chunk of the reason we are tied to this empty content is the need for formalized summative assessment. At its best, summative assessment represents desire to be fair to the students, to deal with them all equally, to make the system measurable. At its worst, it’s a cowardly system of control and coercion that stands instead of experience and a willingness to engage.
In order to be able to *fairly assess between two people, you would need to measure them on the same rubric. The more the content is similar, the more equitable the measurement, and the less representative of the learner.
*fair to neither..
how much are we measuring the students willingness to comply with our demands and how much are we contributing to learning?
voluntary compliance ness
We talked about how some *hard working students were always confused by the lack of clear objectives… they felt the course was ‘disorganized’.
*hard working.. on compliance..? no..? otherwise.. wouldn’t want someone else’s org
The most interesting part of open learning, for me, is the *need for the establishment of a new social contract.
*need..? are we sure..?
What does community mean to you? – “Valuable loss of control” #antigonish2 #4wordstory
why we haven’t yet ness
rhizomatic learning – added page w his post dec 2018 on rhizomatic learning
Well. Tonight I start my job search. My time at the Medical School ends in early June. Anyone have any fun ideas about what I should do next? Any thoughts about how to get my internet profile pulled together to attract someone interesting? #DavesNewJob
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/davecormier/status/1091144547873234944
city as school.. everyone everyday ish.. (monbiot wrote about it)
we could pilot/prototype.. next experiment.. ie: facil daily curiosity ie: cure ios city
2 convers as infra with tech as it could be..
(…) David White (@daveowhite) tweeted at 2:54 AM – 19 Feb 2019 :
Open & free online session from @UAL on Complexity and Creativity with the excellent @davecormier & @tobias_revell – 3pm GMT TODAY. #teachcomUAL #altc
It promises to be both Complex and Creative :)
Room link: https://t.co/v1RjwsEc3qhttps://t.co/J7PSKyQwiS (http://twitter.com/daveowhite/status/1097796475529187329?s=17)
ie: everything is yes/no.. if saving time/money.. nothing in the real learning bucket should be treated this way.. learning is not something that is countable/measurable…
how many stay in.. can count.. marking .. can count.. but not a sharing countable process.. parental interaction.. i can tell times.. but not quality
things that are complex are things that are inherently not measurable in ways we measure money/time
the trick.. any time you approach something w complexity.. not going to come up w a solution.. end of day.. all i’m doing is approximating..
learning to me is always this idea of complexity
what they wanted to be was not afraid anymore.. and they thought finding a solution would take that fear
that distinction between complicated and complex is the first question i ask (when working w people)
learning objective is complicated.. anytime we stay in complicated domain.. the student is the follower
if you could count learning like you can count money.. it would make sense to measure it like money
can’t solve complexity.. just need to learn to learn from it – @tobias_revell
this need to measure and then reduce the world back to the measurements.. to reduce the chaotic disorder @tobias_revell
on the measure of man – henry dreyfuss – to reduce people to measure that can then be worked with @tobias_revell
the idea that humans are parts of a machine called the city.. like smart city today.. this mentality runs up against complexity.. @tobias_revell
as a person who is thinking about humanizing complexity w/o reducing it.. analysis of machine and human.. chaotic vs chaotic at a human scale.. machine views rapped up in our ecology..’ @tobias_revell
benjamin bratton – world as giant piece of software.. something we can’t do but we talk about it @tobias_revell
‘can we live inside this regime of human and still exceed it’ – anna lo
how to help learners contextualize their practice/research in systems of 10 000 yr planetary scales when they’re surrounded by speed and individualism @tobias_revell
facil daily curiosity ie: cure ios city
the stack (@bratton) .. the continuum/connection of all.. working on local scale could ground you so not overrun by scale @tobias_revell
i’ll leave the individualism to you.. but dealing with the speed.. – dave
metis – ie: how you ride a bike.. sophisticated but undescribable knowledge.. no one could write an instruction book..we don’t explore this enough.. can’t measure metis @tobias_revell
q: more of a .. what do they need.. so just things we have to fix/solve right now
perhaps even deeper – more complex.. what are you curious about right now
if we’re going to respond to complexity you don’t tell people about it.. you do it together – dave white
Robin DeRosa (@actualham) tweeted at 6:26 PM on Sun, Mar 24, 2019:
The awesome @davecormier gave a 3-day workshop on #openpedagogy @DigPedLab, and he blogged the whole outline and report of how it went. What an awesome resource. Can I use this, Dave? It’s so fantastic, truly. https://t.co/Pll62eGUGo
Bonnie Stewart (@bonstewart) tweeted at 8:35 PM on Fri, Aug 30, 2019:
“We have this massive knowledge making engine that we aren’t in any way prepared to teach anyone how to use”
maybe, uh, NYT staff should be reading @davecormier’s new post on system-wide digital practices frameworks. AHEM.
Once we’ve made our way through the literacies, we get to the point of preparing to actually organize a learning experience online. There are a number of shifts that occur when we get to this point, but perhaps the most important one is that *people are not going to be working with self-selecting folks in your fun community looking to learn together. I mean… they might be, it’s just not likely to happen as much as you’d like. While it would be awesome if we were all able to teach in environments **where our learners were ecstatic to learn what we have to teach them, the truth of the matter is a ***different thing entirely.
*but that’s the new thing the web brings.. we could be there..
**perhaps that’s the problem.. thinking they are ‘our learners’.. there to ‘learn what we have to teach them’
***perhaps the point of life is a different thing entirely.. ie: about fittingness rather than fitting in (to what we have to teach)
dave cormier (@davecormier) tweeted at 6:53 PM on Sun, Sep 29, 2019:
Well friends… there it is. I’ve written a (very) rough draft. I said i’d write 50K words by September 29th and do a full book edit in October. Editing starts on Tuesday. #BookLife #TheCommunityIsTheCurriculum https://t.co/IQG7rs7tAB
dave cormier (@davecormier) tweeted at 11:47 AM on Fri, Nov 29, 2019:
You can’t actually measure learning. https://t.co/5q6mbGlJSL
i’m thinking it’s time to let go of any form of measuring/accounting
So… I think Mastery Learning tends to an over-structured atomization of ‘facts’ and away from the healthy uncertainty that I think is core to a learning model that prepares people for real life. But I uh…can’t find anyone who agrees with me that has published it. Little help?
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/davecormier/status/1312793079502512129
i’m thinking.. the act of publishing itself .. esp in academia kills (goes against..whatever) healthy uncertainty .. meaning: 1\ anyone who gets it wouldn’t/couldn’t confine it to written word .. esp to be used to then .. make a model to prep people.. because 2\ any type of prep for real life is missing the point.. huge red flag.. that we’re still in the poisonous zone of telling people what to do
i also think nobody gets it enough (to set us free).. everyone keeps trying to hold on to a portion of that supposed to ness.. (ie: black science of people/whales law).. we don’t get unconditionality.. which is key to healthy uncertainty