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I am Captain Dummy here in the good pirate ship "Rhizhome".  Anyone who joins are by definition smarter than I am. Behold the glory that is the RHIZOME.
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Grade That! (or Mark It Eight, Dude or Play the Feedforward Game for #Rhizo15)

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I have been called out in the comments by Sandra and Nick for offering a blank space for the feedforward game.  This was not some late April Fool's joke or me doing a Dave Gadfly imitation. So...he...
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I have been playing with a little tool called 'feedforwarding' with my students this semester, not fully understanding what the practice means in rhizomatic learning.  I am getting a bit closer by using it here in #Rhizo15. I expect to learn even more this summer with CLMOOC and then applying again throughout my next school year.  There is no accounting for counting here and no grading neither, mateys.  

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Moshie's comment, April 25, 2015 6:20 PM
I freaking love this and will feedforward tonight or tomorrow!! <3
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Living Long and Living Slow: Attuning to and Attending to the Slower Synchronies of the Long Haul

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Brian Eno wrote a letter to Nassim Taleb in 2013 as part of the Long Now Foundation's Longplay Letters Series.   It is a "diabolical" chain letter.  I wish there were more attempts like this. I thi...
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When I walk on my farm I fertilize the fields with my own footsteps.  It is a slow, composting process. I value it.  I have been my own John Muir on this postage stamp of ground for nearly 30 years.  I call this a feldgang and stole the term from Otto Scharmer’s work with presencing.  He made me realize that you can take feldgangs where the field is your own mind and memory.  But we have a problem with that–you need to factor in time, sometimes lots of it, as well as attention, an ingredient that is in rather short supply. Perhaps if we began to ‘dam up’ attention and time in the streams of our conscious lives we could all take more inner feldgangs.  Our society and all its institutions seem to be militantly opposed to that effort, but….   I really do believe as Horton preached that patience and ingenuity can overcome blind power.

What to do?  I have created some resources here: https://www.diigo.com/outliner/5ip8ln/%23slowtech?key=pokvtizlgw

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JOIN US! #CLMOOC 2015 - YouTube

This is a draft. It is only a draft. Beeeeppp!
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Watch Christina Cantrill's happy dancing teaser for a summer's blast off of all things connecting, creating, making it real.  It's a happ'nin' blast. You come, too, to #clmooc.

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The One Panel Universe|University: A Close Read of Nick Sousanis' Unflattening

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I discovered this book via #rhizo15.  Thanks. I know that the comments swamp the content in the image below--noise flattening the signal--so read his text first. Better yet, buy the book. 'Tis wort...
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Critique of non-rhizomatic learning?  We shall see.

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Syllabus–Experimental Pedagogy: Process, Growth, Mindfulness towards Autonomy (applicable for all levels)– this course is not currently offered | Mapping the Futures of Higher Education

Syllabus–Experimental Pedagogy: Process, Growth, Mindfulness towards Autonomy (applicable for all levels)– this course is not currently offered | Mapping the Futures of Higher Education | Rhizomatic Learning for Dummies | Scoop.it
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Looks rhizomatic as hell in disguise.  YUP!

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A HaikuGif: 円相, Enso, 円相

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@sensor63 @telliowkuwp Does most language defraud experience? See beautiful coastline & say: That's nice. Defrocked & defrauded, no? — Keith Hamon (@kwhamon) May 5, 2015 Above is the tweet ...
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The haiku is also performed backwards.  It might mean the same backwards and forwards. Not sure, but I know this for sure–without the impetus from the rhizome, the inspiration of Simon and Keith none of this would have happened.  This is the unknown unknown that Nicholas Taleb writes about in his books.  Unpredicted and unpredictable, triggered by a long train of initial conditions, drawn through adjacency after adjacency, and emerging here, now, like the hyphae of a mycorrhiza.  Tweet—>Haiku–>Animated Gif–>and again and again on the edge of chaos. 

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TrailBlazing: Rhizomatic Practice

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I have been experimenting with the idea of 'feedforward' in my work here in #Rhizo15. In a guided journaling exercise I shared with some folks (and I am still sifting through your responses) I disc...
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I am the worker bee scouting out food and bringing back maps.  You figure out the line of flight and the hive follows.  You are the workers, the drones, the queen, the hive, and all the rest, in the middle and on the margins.  

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Inspired by [Fill Available Text Box]

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  One of my mantras whenever I do anything for the #rhizo15 is powered by  the phrase, "Inspired by". For example, I am inspired by Tania's rhizoradio play, "Mr X loses his battle for objectiv...
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Get inspired by somebody! Get inspired by somebody! Get inspired by somebody!   http://goo.gl/W1eJoC

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Break, Shake, Make - YouTube

Break out of the Box, Shake it Up, and MAKE something. Thoughts about Creativity, Makery, and Remix Culture. Some of this is derived from a presentation I ga...
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IATED Talks

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The MOOC of One: Personal Learning Technologies by Stephen Downes, National Research Council Canada (CANADA)
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Very much worthwhile to watch.

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Ron Leunissen's curator insight, April 17, 2014 6:22 AM

Very interesting talk about the thoughts behind the MOOC and the way that MOOCs can develop into a LPSS (Learning Performance Support System) in the future.

Talk by Stephen Downes, one of the "inventors" of the MOOC.

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The Amazing Adventures of the Comic-Book Dissertator

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Nick Sousanis is doing something pretty gutsy with his academic opus. Now for the tough question: Can he and his advisors mount a successful defense?
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Dissertation as a comic book. Can it be done?

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Ron Leunissen's curator insight, March 14, 2014 5:40 AM

Writing a Phd thesis as a comic? Here's somebody who's trying to do this.

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Rhizomatic Learning

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I wrote this short story as an introduction to a discussion on possible new ways of teaching and learning in our medical school.  

 

Waking up in a new medical curriculum ...

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Joyce, a fictional medical student, takes a good look at her competency diagram on her smart phone and decides to book a examination room to practice her motor skills.

 

Read the whole short story ...

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Ron Leunissen's curator insight, January 22, 2014 10:05 AM

Joyce is a fictional medical student, in a fictional medical curriculum.

 

#rhizo14

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AnswerGarden » Rhizomatic Learning: what word comes to mind?

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AnswerGarden is a new minimalistic feedback tool."  Here it is being used to explore 'rhizomatic learning'.

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Data from the cloud and connections made by...us and ongoing.

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Connections and Poems - YouTube

A video about connections for Alan and his K12online presentation The full audio is here: https://soundcloud.com/dogtrax/poem-collective-voices
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Kevin on our 11-poem project that emerged out of Rhizo14 in 2014

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Living Long and Living Slow: Attuning to and Attending to the Slower Synchronies

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The Longplayer Trust,  in collaboration with Artangel, have added a new element running in parallel with Jem Finer
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I think that the Long Now Foundation serves as a necessary antidote to the poison of immediacy that has infected the net.  If we had more long form 'institutions' cooked into the DNA of our systems perhaps we wouldn't be making all these rookie mistakes in our online lives.  At least we might have more balance.  

 

More people are easing off the online throttle with 'tech sabbaths', the slow web movement (http://theslowweb.com/), slow food,  and slow reading.

 

The last six weeks I have been enmeshed in a rather frantic undertaking called #rhizo15.  This MOOC was titled "Rhizomatic Learning: a Practical View" and each week felt like a tilt-a-whirl.  At this time I would like to declare an intermezzo in this post to attend to the tilt-a-whirl.  

 

When I wrote the word 'tilt-a-whirl' above I had a cascade of memories from carnivals and fairs both county and state that always had one in residence if it dared to call itself a fair.  The Wikipedia article is a nice read obviously written by a loving family member of the Sellner family.  it is a short chronicle of the tilt-a-whirl's 88 year...ride.  

 

I thought about my own long relationship with the ride culminating in a stint as a teenaged 'carny' myself at Fontaine Ferry Park/Ghost Town on the River in Louisville. Kentucky as an operator of both the tilt-a-whirl and the Octopus.  Lots to slow down for and savor.

 

I started comparing in my own mind fairs now and then. What ride today is as ubiquitous as the tilt-a-whirl was then?  I would have to argue for the 'bouncy castle' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inflatable_castle).  If there ever was a symbol for the story that is modern America this is it. Even our fun has degenerated from the long term sustainability of the tilt-a-whirl (there are a few of the originals from 1927 still in operation, new cost? $300,000) to the throw away, unsustainable and cheap majesty of the closed inflatable trampoline (aka bouncy castle).

 

Maybe this is why the 'few but fine' readsthese posts.  I favor the peripatetic feldgang over the short walk wasted we call Facebook and Twitter.  I am not saying the long form is better, it just needs to be given its due.

 

What Brian Eno is doing with Nassim Taleb is starting the long walk conversation.  Why don't we have more of these in our online institutions?  Why did this MOOC have to be six weeks long? Why did the previous rhizo stop last year?  Maybe it didn't for  the researchers, for the academics, for those with tenured sinecures, but it did for me. Why don't we have institutional support for just starting a conversation like Eno has started with Taleb?  Maybe they exist in the form of the university itself or in foundations, but I don't feel these touch me directly.  I am not valuing the long haul enough.  I need to be more of, in Myles Horton's words, a 'long haul' person.  

 

When I walk on my farm I fertilize the fields with my own footsteps.  It is a slow, composting process. I value it.  I have been my own John Muir on this postage stamp of ground for nearly 30 years.  I call this a feldgang, German for field walk, and stole the term from Otto Scharmer's work with presencing.  He made me realize that you can take feldgangs where the field is your own mind and memory.  But we have a problem with that--you need to factor in time, sometimes lots of it.  And attention, an ingredient that is in rather short supply. Perhaps if we began to 'dam up' attention and time in the streams of our conscious lives we could all take more inner feldgangs.  Our institutions are all moving against that effort, but....   I really do believe as Horton preached that patience and ingenuity can overcome blind power.  


What to do?  I have created some resources here: https://www.diigo.com/outliner/5ip8ln/%23slowtech?key=pokvtizlgw


Or maybe you can check out this manifesto for inspiration:  

Slow Manifesto

There are those who urge us to speed. We resist!

We shall not flag or fail. We shall slow down in the office, and in the bedroom. We shall slow down with growing confidence when all those around us are in a shrill state of hyperactivity (signifying nothing). We shall defend our state of calm, whatever the cost may be. We shall slow down in the dining room and in the streets. We shall slow down everywhere. We shall never surrender!

If you can slow down when all around you are speeding up, then you’re one of us. Be proud that you are one of us and not one of them. For they are fast, and we are slow. If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing slowly. Some are born to slowness—others have it thrust upon them. And still others know that lying in bed with a morning cup of tea is the supreme state for mankind.

- See more at: http://slowdownnow.org/slow-manifesto/#sthash.lzsnxxlA.dpuf


Or maybe you can pretend I am Brian Eno and you are Nassim Taleb and we are in it for the long haul.  

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Unflattened: An Unsanctified Translation: Series 01, Episode 02

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Part two of a multimodal, unsanctioned translation of Nick Sousanis' Unflattening. This being the conclusion to Chaper One.
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Getting so much more from this reading by co-creating alongside of Sousanis.  The Popcornmaker tool is a great one for slowing the 'reading' process down.  This is especially important when reading comix and graphic novels and non-fiction like Nick Sousanis' Unflattening.  

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Rhizomatic learning in medical undergraduate education

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I tried to put some thoughts on rhizomatic learning in medical undergraduate education together in this blog.
https://ronleunissen.wordpress.com/rhizomatic-learning-boundaries-in-medical-education/

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Practice, Practice, Practice!

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In misdirection, there is magic.

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GirlNow

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This is damned funny.  It is a fake website generator. I would love to be able to mess with this for rhizo15.

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Lunch Pail Manifesto

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One of the tropes that grew out of my feedforward journaling exercise was this: I am returning to the hive on a regular basis with pollen and water and taking out poop and the detritus of regular h...

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Having fun beginning to create a template for my scout bee work for Rhizo15.

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Rhizo15 Research Study: Pre-Course Questionnaire - 0%

Rhizo15 Research Study: Pre-Course Questionnaire
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Join in the research on rhizo15. #rhizo15

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Pixar's 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling

Pixar's 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling, originally tweeted by Emma Coats.
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Nothing's more powerful to engage your audience than telling a good story. This slide show presents some of the rules of Pixar studio.

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Nothing's more powerful to engage your audience than telling a good story. This slide show presents some of the rules of Pixar studio.

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Unnumbered Sparks

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A pulsating textile sculpture invited Vancouver's citizens to draw colourful shapes in the sky
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How would one visualize rhizomatic learners interacting together?

 

How about this art project in Vancouver?

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Neil Postman - Bullshit and the Art of Crap-Detection

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Neil Postman's classic essay Bullshit and the Art of Crap-Detection. Contains a handy taxonomy of forms of bullshit, and some useful "laws" such as: Almost nothing is about what you think it is abo...
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Ron Leunissen's curator insight, February 12, 2014 4:39 AM

Written decades ago and still making sense. We all need a good crap-detector.

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Learning from the Statues of Learning while Keeping your Thumbs Intact - iversity Blog

Learning from the Statues of Learning while Keeping your Thumbs Intact - iversity Blog | Rhizomatic Learning for Dummies | Scoop.it
Out of India, Tanuj Kalia shares two stories that teach us about learning. An ancient tale and modern experiment provide valuable lessons for education.
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#rhizo14   This old Indian story is a wonderful example of complete independent learning from an external point of view. From the learner's point of view though (in this story) there is a dependency on a teacher (though it's only a clay statue).


"If you want to learn, nobody can stop you."

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Ron Leunissen's curator insight, January 22, 2014 4:53 AM

Computers can help learners to learn without a physical teacher. In this old Indian story a learner learned with a self made clay statue as a teacher. 

You could view this as an ancient example of independent learning.