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The Planet Video

Posted by Janet Finlay on February 25, 2009

We have produced a short video which provides an overview of the project and our methodology. Many thanks to the EXTEND project for their assistance in developing this and to Jakki Sheridan-Ross for her production. Enjoy!

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Three or four workshops?

Posted by Janet Finlay on February 9, 2009

I’m in the process of writing a script for our short Planet video and have been pondering on both the practice and the theory of the workshops model. We have defined it as a three-workshop model: cases to candidate patterns; candidate patterns to patterns; patterns applied to scenarios. But there seems to be a fourth activity that we have all done – which doesn’t seem to fit well into this model: mapping patterns. Whether that is attempting to develop a community language or attempting to map patterns to an existing structure, this has been a core activity in several workshops. So do we actually have a four workshop model?

I suspect part of the answer is that the boundaries are fluid – a “workshop” is not necessarily a discrete event but a collection of activities that might actually take place over the course of a number of face to face meetings – and, conversely, different groups will work at different speeds and may combine elements of several workshops into one meeting. But the fact remains that there are four distinct activities – and, unless we find the holy grail of a single organising structure, all four will generally be needed. At the moment I am putting mapping and use together – but maybe we need a four phase process?

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Eureka!, again

Posted by yishaym on October 3, 2008

On Thursday we had the 2nd practical inquiry day of the formative e-assessment group. The focus of this day was collecting case stories and identifying seed patterns (aka proto-patterns).
To get people in the right mood, we started with the Eureka! game, which we first tried in Singapore. You have to try it – it’s such great fun, and brings out the hidden truths about learning.
It’s also a great release exercise before diving into case study writing. After playing this, people loose all inhibitions, and the stories just pour out.

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Planet workshops

Posted by Janet Finlay on May 20, 2008

Today we held our first pattern elicitation workshop. Having established a prototype platform and trialled our case study based process at the Emerge online conference in April we were now ready to start our face to face workshops. We will be running a series of these (and online events) over the next few months and invite anyone interested to sign up and come along to one. But before we let our approach loose on an unsuspecting community we decided it was only right that we, the project team, should experience it for ourselves.

So today’s workshop was for the team and our theme was one close to many of our hearts – effective project communication. Ably facilitated by Yishay, we each proposed a case study – a short semi-structured description of a “critical incident” that we had experienced. These were posted on the Wiki in advance and refined during the workshop. Gradually, through lively discussion about these case studies, potential fledgling patterns started to emerge. These now need to be fleshed out and discussed further and tested more widely to see if they really are patterns. But the seeds are there…

Our next workshop will be on June 9th in Leeds on the subject of using Web 2.0 in reflective practice (AWESOME and REFLECT colleagues take note!). All are welcome to take part – and more details will be posted soon. Watch this space.

In the mean time check out Planet Wiki and tell us what you think of our case studies and seed ideas for patterns….. do these ring true with your experience? Has your experience been different? Only by seeing how something holds as a solution across multiple cases can we genuinely call it a pattern. So we need your input.

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Workshops?

Posted by yishaym on January 18, 2008

In the Learning Patterns project, we drove the pattern language development by a series of workshops. As we discussed at the kickoff, it would seem valuable to replicate, refine and elaborate that strategy.

Part of the workshop methodology itself has been captured by a pattern, and there’s a set of videos demonstrating the process. There’s also a paper on the way. The workshop descriptions and calls can be used as a starting point for our own proposals. There’s a few conferences coming up which could offer good venues:

ALT-C 2008: Rethinking the digital divide
9-11 September 2008, Leeds, UK
deadline, 29 February 2008
http://www.alt.ac.uk/altc2008/

The Shock of the Old 7: Web 2.0 and the Connected Future
Said Business School, University of Oxford, 3rd April 2008
http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ltg/events/shock2008/

EuroPLoP 2008: 13th European Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs
July 9-13, 2008
Irsee Monastery, Bavaria, Germany
http://www.hillside.net/europlop/

ICALT 2008: The 8th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies
Santander, Cantabria, Spain
July 1st- July 5th, 2008
http://www.ask4research.info/icalt/2008/
deadline: January 29th, 2008

Tools for Participation: Collaboration, Deliberation, and Decision Support
University of California, Berkeley
June 26 – 29, 2008
http://www.publicsphereproject.org/events/diac08/

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