Practices and Participatory Learning Environments

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry is a teacher, researcher and scholar at Southern Connecticut State University.

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  1. Greg McVerry says:

    @MrsLoomis Yes but I think we shoudl put the emphasis on evaluating the space or participatory learning and not characteristics of learner

  2. Laura says:

    Kudos 🙂 You know how much I love meta-thinking!

    IMHO you’re right, the “21st century skills” meme is stale. I always kind of thought “Yeah, like nowadays we need to be able to communicate, whereas in the 15th century we didn’t? WTF?” Much more valuable to my practice has been the deconstruction of “21st Century Skills” into meaningful (and actionable) maps and definitions (e.g. WebLitMap or even, more broadly, elements of 21st century skills).

    “our humanity begins when behavior must conflict with instinct.” Yes, I think you’re right on this but those behaviors are wildly influenced by cultural and social backgrounds. “Self programmable” will be shifting depending on individual contexts. Although I like to think that I can create participatory learning environments for any social context, I’ve seen push back from communities where certain aspects of “participatory” is antithetical to their cultural or social values. I’ve used varying strategies when this happen, most often eliminating certain practices – for example, I drop evangelism fairly often. Even in certain 1st world countries evangelism on anything at all is met with distrust.

    I like where you’re going and would think about which of these practices are context contingent and which are not.

    • Greg McVerry says:

      Thanks for the thought. Especially on the context dependent. As I was placing practices in the circle and trying to get alignment it felt like a very self-reliant model of one western style thinking. Too American almost not just western. I always remember Mikko, when we were debating the map, discussing how there is no word for argumentation in Finnish. Rhetorically you do not try to change minds. You write well written pieces designed to help others choose.

      I do believe certain activities, both required and supported by the Web, are more favored in knowledge economies than they have been in the past. In the 1400s we did have to communicate but there was a 90% chance this communication was in small villages. The mercantile class in most urban centers was quite small. Now because of our Networked society greater emphasis is placed on these practices.

      I struggled with using communication. It is such a big term it often means nothing, but I went it trying to capture the reading and writing of literary practices as a social event designed to move others.

  3. Laura Gogia says:

    @jgmac1106 i’m favoriting this bc I have to step out of the stream to write – but will read later today 🙂 @NomadWarMachine

  4. @jgmac1106 planning to read & connect w/ all after getting grades in. 🙂

  5. Greg, thanks for sharing this post. It does seem to capture a lot of thinking about many issues that some of us in the connected mooc world seem to be collaboratively grappling with. Given this, I am trying to grok your post here. With this said, I think it may be useful to trying to summarize two things — what seems to be causing this struggle that you have that led to this post, and how can you suggest we read your final graphic? I am asking the first question as that may help me better understand how what you may mean when you try to answer the second one.

    Again, thanks for sharing such ways of thinking about these topics. Hey, if they were easy, they would not require our writing about them any more!

  6. Greg McVerry says:

    @Bali_Maha Its a little shticky but I lifted from “Networked Society” and tweaked it to self-programmable reader as a contrast to strategic

  7. Exactly! And would Drumpf say his ex wives could have controlled him? So its their fault Drumpf cheated on them?


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