The Learning Science Guidebook V2

I’m about to head off on holiday, but before i do, some news on the ‘Learning Science Guidebook’. Those of you with long memories will recall this as a 2020 project that rather ground to a halt when i completed the first full draft. It was clearly not ready to publish, and my early reviewers suggested that i had accidentally welded two books into one, in a rather clumsy way… anyway, i felt so overwhelmed by the whole thing that i just backed away and let it sleep for a while.

In 2021 i revisited the illustrations and fell in love with it again, but still lacked the structure or energy to resurrect it. I knew that it really needed to be stripped right back to the ground and rebuilt – and now i’m about ready to tackle it. Or in fact, i have the writing partner to do so! More on this soon, but this will most likely be my first co-authored book, written with one of my best friends, who also happens to be a world class learning scientist! We spent a weekend kicking ideas around and are now looking to set ourselves a schedule and push forwards with it.

For now, i’m just sharing a little of our ideas for structural approach to the writing – as i say, the first manuscript got to version 21 before it toppled over… and now i’m starting again at v1… so this is very DRAFT ideas…

There is a SCAFFOLDING of structure in the hard ideas – what the research tells us about ‘how things work’, and ‘what to prioritise’. We have a list of ‘20 ideas’ from the research that will form a a foundation of that. I’ll share more on this in due course.

There is probably some TRANSLATION – where we may base our writing in the research, but build a more pragmatic, possibly simpler, language around some of it. I think our steer is that we are seeking to give insight and understanding, heading into action. Not abstract knowledge alone.

There is probably some CONTEXT around the modern Organisation – the desire to ‘unlock’ potential, and into some of the social collaborative aspects – this is probably a layer that we can weave around it.

And maybe some additional theory or IDEAS – which may lean more into some of my more recent work, shared on the Learning Fragments site – i think we should be unafraid to give our interpretation and ‘next ideas’ – so what would we do about this – in fact, this may be the best bit!

Finally: REFLECTIONS, with questions to ask yourself and your Organisation about the state of health and potential.

For now, i’m feeling pretty exhausted and ready for a holiday, but i will share more on this when i return. In August i think we will be able to share some of the timeframes and structure, and of course i will #WorkOutLoud on the development and production as we go.

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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