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#cck09 #eci831 From Intuition to Innovation – Introducing myself

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When I started last year’s first version of Connectivism and Connective Knowledge Course, I faced two very confusing things. The first one culminates in this slide #5 belonging to a presentation created by George Siemens: “Helsinki Seminar”.

gsiemensPicture: Slide #5 by George Siemens: “Helsinki Seminar”

It was very difficult to begin to perceive that organization scheme 2.0 looks like the August flower in the following picture.

Picture: Irmeli Aro’s Flickr

…That one of the nodes is me. That knowledge emerges in the network: The new knowledge already exists somewhere there in the background, invisible, tacit, even hidden …waiting for becoming discovered, made visible, usable, combined in a new way, growing into innovations and sustainable solutions. Helping your organization to learn to collaborate, create, gradually reduce stress and boost well-being. That this is the way the world 2.0 around us already looks like. That the networked era already has began. That “the node-thinking” is a way, means and tool not only to manage and cope but to transform your learning and distribute this attitude – beginning from your closest surroundings and the effect gradually growing into new dimensions.

The second confusing thing was the overwhelming amount of social media tools I should learn to take into daily use. That was as unfamiliar for me as the above described “node thinking”.

Ton’s Interdependent Thoughts offered a huge help for my connective learning – in an intuitive level. Prior to the beginning of CCK08 Ton had included in response to my post to CCK08 Google Group – something I today would say is:

“Ten Rules of becoming a Social Mediator”

-I needed to learn to make sure there is enough diversity, dissent, breadth and depth in my social network for it to work as an information filter.

-I needed to learn how to avoid echo-chambers.

-I needed to learn that context is often the most important information.

-I needed to learn to measure my actions in a meaningful way, the stuff that I did do, not the stuff I could have done.

-I needed to learn to switch faster between contexts. And at the same time create enough space of focus to do stuff, not just switch all the time (like people checking their e-mail 60 times an hour).

-I needed to embrace uncertainty, and see linear problem solving as something that has its own niche of application (Like Newtonian physics has its own niche, compared to relativity theory.)

-I needed to learn complexity theory.

-I needed to learn to focus on big pictures (patterns) and minor details (my personal single actions) at the same time.

-I needed to learn to be connected and empathic on a global scale, and be deeply rooted in my local community at the same time

-I needed to learn to formulate my core values, strong beliefs, deep wishes and dreams, as a basis for choosing actions in the moment.

From learning by doing to doing by learning – from intuition to innovation

CCK08 networked learning boosted my learning by doing. Encouraged by the example and peer support of my growing network I added a small element to my 2.0 tool box every day. I understand and recognize now that it was the only way to find, create and recreate my own learning space – my path within the nodes toward the new emerging networked way of thinking and working. Even though it at times felt very stressful. Instead of learning stricktly as instructed – choosing which kind of knowledge, information and competence to produce and share by oneself.

In a year’s time of active sharing and deepening my network, concrete changes started to happen. I’ve been involved in development process of Holistic Cultural Competence Assessment (HCCA) Learning Model since the corresponding EU Socrates/Minerva Project ended in 2005.  The Learning Model looks as follows in a pre-2.0 phase:

HCCA Learning Model in pre-2.0 phase (Picture: Irmeli Aro’s Flickr)

Finding partners for furter developing the HCCA Model has been very difficult in Finland. I’m currently translating the HCCA Model in Finnish and to reflect my working process I started a blog in Finnish a couple of weeks ago. To my surprise I’ve already got remarkable contacts expressing there interest in HCCA Model. This is due my blog posts circulating withing several social networks – reaching people I’m not aware of and I never would have reached without social media tools.

My learning by doing phase is now transforming into doing by learning phase. I’m in transition. My home country is in transition. These phases resonate. This is what I meant by the chain I mentioned in my video: Learning initiave by Canadian teachers –> knowledge and competence emerging in an active global learning network –> boosts innovation in Finland.

My biggest goal for #cck09 and #eci831 is to learn more of how to encourage people to dare to try social media tools, to learn to let one’s imagination fly. With my photo of the day 2009/258 I wish us all blue skies and innovative surprises for the beginning fall – and spring for the  classmates down under 🙂

Phot0: Irmeli Aro’s Flickr


Written by Irmeli Aro

September 15, 2009 at 10:58 pm

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  1. Thank you for this very eloquent roundup and KTN for the course – very focused and reflective – thank you. The proceses here you outline and the theory attached are fascinating. It has been very helpful.

    Leon Cych

    September 15, 2009 at 11:33 pm

  2. @Leon, thanks for your encouragement

    Irmeli Aro

    September 16, 2009 at 12:15 am

  3. Hi Irmeli,
    Thanks, very happy to hear some of my thoughts and experiences were helpful 🙂

    Ton Zijlstra

    September 16, 2009 at 2:48 pm

  4. Excellent post!

    Fleep Tuque

    September 18, 2009 at 1:49 pm

  5. Thanks Fleep! I learned a lot from your blog during the confusion of beginning cck08. Nice to be learning together 🙂

    Irmeli Aro

    September 18, 2009 at 2:22 pm

  6. Thanks.

    One question I have is on the pace of creating a network. What would you suggest should be the checks and barriers that a node should have on the speed of development of their learning network?

    Dean Jenkins

    September 20, 2009 at 10:31 am

  7. @Dean You’ve formulated very well – what’s my current big question as well. I started to build my network – by picking up as many pieces of the networked learning chaos as I could. And simultaneously tried (and try) to increase my competence on network literacy and network criticism – as consciously, planned and much as I could. When I give this as an instruction of networking to someone – the next question eddressed to me is: Yes but how, on which order and why so… In addition to learning more of the theory, I try to learn and reflect during these courses – week by week – WHAT, WHY, ect. did I do / co-learners do or have done. To discover what the barriers are and how to find some supporting questions for a peer learner. Answers we need to find out by ourselves…

    Irmeli Aro

    September 20, 2009 at 3:05 pm

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  9. Great to see you and hear your voice! hoe you keep blogging in ENglish! 😉

    Cristina Costa

    December 19, 2009 at 8:32 pm

  10. Hi Irmeli – I just came across this post and really enjoyed both the video and reading your reflections on CCK08, particularly your reflections on being a Social Mediator. I look forward to following your work in the future!


    April 12, 2010 at 12:10 pm

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