My Learning Ecosystem

A Navigational and Strategical Framework for Self-Directed Learning

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Why Framework?

A mindset is a mental framework we use to pre-program the way we view and do things – before we do them. A framework is built by understanding what it needs to hold up and how changing conditions can be accommodated. We have the 'experiential learning model' from Kolb and design thinking models that explain the mindsets, processes and frameworks of design thinking. However, the frame of reference is separate, when in essence, they are both elements of the same LEARNING ECOSYSTEM.


A framework is the construction that bears the livable and the visible. It is the element with the longest lifecycle that is there to support the changeable, adaptive state of existing. So can we invent a framework that accelerates learning by making it visible, navigable and manageable?

To introduce the concept of lifelong learning is one thing. To take control through self-awareness of lifelong learning is something else - it requires a holistic, systematic and generic approach to make it happen. More importantly, it has to be visible, navigable while also opening for choice and personalization.


A guide to make the implicit explicit, viewing the big picture, relating real world processes, ideating own opportunities, activating dreams & desires, learning to focus, learning to relate to the world. This needs to be objective, relating to existing theories, but making it simple as part of a universal body of knowledge as a subjective development of self-regulated learning. Emphasis is placed on the importance to work with simple, identifiable and learnable concepts. Hence the use of 'The Learning Ecosystem'.


> Present and future learning (CONTINUOUS LEARNING)

> Experiencing that learning is interconnected with thinking and doing (EXPERIENCE)

> Relating the above to internal and external global learning forces (FORCES)

> Take part and share connecting ‘our world’ to ‘the world’ (by PARTICIPATION)

> Relating higher order learning (PROCESSES AND TOOLS)

This ideation post builds on the ideas and 144 responses from students generated in Defining The Learning Ecosystem post - as part of the Discovery phase. These responses and insights will be used duRing this ideation phase to develop an approach to a Learning Architecture.


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Thanks Lisa - counted in!
I want to open the agenda as wide as possible while trying to also be focussed around development of not just guiding principles, but a framework description. I'd love it if there could be a pooling of ideas that can build on each other so:

What do you see as the guiding principles?
How could these be developed into a framework?

Part of the approach I had in mind was weighing personal ideation against an objective context:

What are the sources of objective reference?

I'll think about this and look at core refs. and update next week  - thanks :-)

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