Embracing Complexity in Education
Created by Marion Smallbones as part of the Digital Futures course for the MSc in Digital Education, this resource is a mini-course or workshop for postgraduate level education professionals, and provides participants with the opportunity to reflect on their practice through the lens of complexity and consider implications for their work.
It aims to ‘explore complexity through complexity’, taking an experiential look at:
- Learning as an ecosystem
- Knowledge as emergence
- Non-linearity, serendipity, discovery
- Interaction – between people
- Interaction – between ideas
The course materials and design are presented here as an OER ‘toolkit’, available for reuse and adaptation. The toolkit consists of:
Guidelines for teachers or facilitators, providing further information on the methodology and structure of the course, as well as facilitation suggestions.
Guidelines and resources for participants are presented here in Google Slides. Make a copy and use as they are, make adjustments, or even transfer to a learning platform suitable for your context.
Curated list of open access resources on complexity, which you are free to make use of.
This version of the course is designed for individuals to work through on their own. This option may limit the collaborative element of the course design, although participants can be encouraged to form part of an ad hoc online community. For this reason, the tasks and structures are slightly different to the facilitator-led version.
To access this, participants simply open the Google slide presentation and get going.
This work by Marion Smallbones is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike(CC BY-SA 4.0) licence.