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.