Reflecting upon the Learning Fragments

A couple of weeks ago i put the Learning Fragments site live: it’s the second phase of my work to reexamine my own work around learning.

I’ve spent the last 18 months or so revisiting core ideas, not simply to re-express them in ways that i understand, but actively seeking out new thinking and vocabulary, as well as trying to take a more holistic or systemic view.

I’m ok with this approach: the things i already know will still be there, for me to come back to if i feel lost. But if i am lucky i will be able to find my new truths.

Last year i was a daunted by my attempts to write the Learning Science book: i got so far with it, a full manuscript in fact, but it was not ready to publish. It lacked the depth i wanted, and in some ways i felt trapped in my own thinking. This prompted me to start the Learning Fragments work.

But i knew from the outset that it was not going to be a new book: instead, it’s a space to populate with ideas, with a sketch map showing how it all fits together.

The ideas are primarily 3 minute videos, held in a loose structure, and the sketch map is a mind map – for now. I will probably evolve format of this work as i progress.

SubStack allows me to collect unlisted YouTube videos into a magazine format, but the videos are held in YouTube, so i can embed them into a different space when and if i outgrow this one.

I am trying not to let the mechanics of the operation get in the way of the ideas.

At this stage the work is very much stream of consciousness: to populate the landscape, to be unafraid to #WorkOutLoud as i think.

And in that sense, i have already found it liberating: the initial dozen videos have been easy to produce, and have been sparked by my everyday practice, which is as it should be.

In time, i know that this work will need connective threads: frameworks and ideas that tie it all together, but not for now, and not too early (although i am already thinking about how they may be formed in time – possibly with guests to help me do so).

I’ve already picked up an embryonic community around this work – people i assume who share an interest, and are willing to tolerate the LoFi approach!

You can find Learning Fragments here if you would like to follow this emergent work.

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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1 Response to Reflecting upon the Learning Fragments

  1. sandimma says:

    Hi Julian,

    It is quite amazing to discover your work on Learning Fragments. This idea is very much interesting to me as it does not involve the standard steps of learning but is more exploratory.

    I can relate to the feeling of being trapped in our own thinking when we are trying to get a task completed satisfactorily. Your approach of deconstructing your task and being comfortable with the uncertainty of the results is an appealing method of learning and even preferred, I must say as this puts the learner in a more comfortable learning environment without fear of mistakes and pressure.

    Looking forward to the final outlook of these pieces!

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