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Rhizomatic Learning - The Community is the Curriculum

Dave Cormier (University of Prince Edward Island, CA)
Session Information
October 31, 2014 - 8:15am
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Session Type: 
Keynote Address
Pacific Hall
Session Duration: 
75 Minutes
Friday Keynote Address
Virtual Session

What does it mean to learn when the internet already knows everything? Rhizomatic learning is a story of learning in a world of abundance: abundance of perspective, of information, and of connection. Learning models restricted by location and the technology of paper have traditionally forced us to make decisions about what students need to learn before we ever meet them or understand their contexts. This practical reality has, until now, always had a profound impact on what it’s meant to learn and know. We have been shackled by the need for content and forced into teaching everyone from the same songbook.

Can we use the internet to allow uncertainty back into learning? What happens when we approach a learning experience unsure of what we are going to learn and explore? What if we trust the idea that people can come together to learn? How do we grapple with abundance of perspective, of information, and of connection? If we see the community as the curriculum of a course, we can use abundance to foster the unexpected in our classrooms and offer more to learners than we ourselves have to give.

Lead Presenter
Dave CormierDave Cormier is an educational activist, researcher, online community advocate and the Project Lead for Student Relations Management at the University of Prince Edward Island. He has published on open education, Rhizomatic Learning, MOOCs (Massive\Open Online Courses), Digital Identity.

As Manager of Domestic Recruitment, First-Year advising and first-year success and Project Lead for Student Relations his role is to survey the relationship between the university and the student and improve it where possible. In addition to managing the recruitment and First-year advisement office he is involved in a number of projects designed to help students transition from high school to university.

His educational journey started in 1998 teaching little children to speak English. The pivotal moment of his career happened when he was teaching at Hannam University in South Korea in 2003 surrounded by the papers of 275 writing students and wondering if he had them all. That winter he started using discussion forums to bring all of his students together in a writing community (and to digitally keep track of their work) and he hasn’t looked back. He’s since helped organize online communities of teachers, spoken at events around the world and worked to understand how internet changes what it means to know. His educational exploration partners have included faculty and researchers from well-known universities, and lone teachers in small town classrooms. Some of them are even still talking to him.

Dave’s keynotes in the last couple of years have centred around how coming to know is a messy, imprecise process at once intensely individual and necessarily embedded in a community - Rhizomatic Learning. You can follow him on twitter at http://twitter.com/davecormier or follow his thoughts at http://davecormier.com.

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