The teacher, the learner and the collective mind

Dron, J. (2007) The teacher, the learner and the collective mind AI & Society, 21 (1-2). pp. 200-216. ISSN 0951-5666 (Print) 1435-5655 (Online)

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This paper deals with techniques for tapping processes of self-organisation in adult learning. It looks at systems that make use of evolution and stigmergy (communication through signs left in the environment) to generate a kind of group mind, which both influences and is influenced by the actions of its constituents. Such systems exhibit both high structure and high dialogue, constraining choice and providing freedom at the same time. This makes them very interesting educationally as theory suggests that such opposites cannot co-exist. The paper describes two such systems, exploring their strengths and weaknesses and identifying potential future avenues of research

Item Type:Journal article
Additional Information:The original publication is available at
Uncontrolled Keywords:Adult learning, Learning technologies
Subjects:X000 Education > X300 Education Studies > X350 Academic studies in Adult Education
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1007/s00146-005-0031-4
Faculties:Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics > Learning Technologies
ID Code:3255
Deposited By:Helen Webb
Deposited On:23 Nov 2007
Last Modified:15 May 2012 08:35

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