1. Hi Yin!

    What a wonderful post, thank you for this in-depth reflection!

    I think you are right with your recommendations to read and set an advanced organizer/agenda if your goals are as you stated them. That being said, look at what you wrote:

    "Where could I chip in and how do I answer some of these questions posed at me which didn't seem very related to the quotes I had pulled out? Is this my singular experience? How did the other participants who were not involved in the planning of the event feel? Had their previous discussions prepared them differently for this event?"

    How WONDERFUL! You, as a student, were trying to figure out how you could help other students ("chip in"). You were disoriented by different perspectives, wondering why they were reading things certain ways. You were feeling curious and empathetic. You then felt even more inspired to read the article on your own, later.

    THAT was my goal. You win! You see, connected learning experiences aren't necessarily about the content as much as connecting with people, being disoriented, questioning your own perspective, and then taking all of that energy and driving towards deeper engagement with the article.

    As I said in my post, this was an unjournal club, not a journal club per se. It has different learning objectives. It is used for different purposes. And it appears to have succeeded 🙂

    Thanks for participating, thanks for your beautiful post and …just…thanks!

  2. Well, I was wondering where the published comment disappeared to?! Voila, under a different blogpost! Hi hi, thanks for reading this blogpost, :-)). So let's talk about this "connected" aspect. I want to differentiate "interaction" with "connection". Interaction did occur along a few dimensions — with content and with other participants. As for connection, I think I connected more deeply with the content than with the other participants because I was disoriented. I "interacted" with the participants but I don't think I "connected" with the participants as much as I did with the article (I spent considerable time AFTER the event reading it– partly due to my lack of prep for the article and not knowing your community as much as you do. But definitely, you can consider this event a win because I learned considerably from it. Thanks again for inviting me! Onward!

  3. In response, I would point you to Simon Warren's blog post – he and I had much the same reaction, although we did not interact much during the event.


    I would also point you to an old article's of Frances Bell's about the true meaning of the word "connect" – so, indeed, I understand your differentiation that you are trying to make.


    I believe there are dispositions at play here that make some people more open to true connection in these forums than others – and I have thoughts on those and I've outlined extensively in my dissertation, because those are the dispositions I think we need to promote in connected learning environments.

    But also there are situational factors at play, too. Some days, some forums, some content…it'll do it for you or it won't. Sometimes, I wonder if getting too caught up in the content makes it more difficult to do the sorts of activities Simon commented on his his post. Hard to say. I plan on continuing to try, though.

  4. Hi Yin, just read this post thanks to Laura Gogia. Love the questions you pose which runa long similar lines to my own in recent reflections on a course i coordinate (see https://worriedteacher.wordpress.com/). In response to your question regarding interaction/connection you might be interested in ENACTION. This is drawn from the neurophenomoonological approach developed by Francisco Varela and others (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enactivism). You might find it interesting. I am trying to write something just now that uses this to look at learning in a pharmacology lab practical.

  5. Thank you, thank you, Laura and Simon! Lots more to investigate and read up! ENACTION is new to me! I was trying to differentiate interactions, which can run along a spectrum of depth of engagement. BUT before I go any further, I will read up the articles you and Laura have shared with me. Let me see what I find! Ciao!

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