liquid learning place, free-floating knowledge, flow experience

September 20, 2009

Today a ‘liquid learning place’ metaphor caught my eye in the blog of Eleanora Guglielman.
It is a S. Warburton brand marking the fluidity of concepts and identity:

Concepts of identity are inherently fluid and flexible and our understandings of learning are becoming less strongly bonded to institutions and specific educational spaces. This is a landscape where the form is contingent on the beholder. A place where learning opportunities shift and adjust to the learner.

It reminds me is a “free floating” metaphor that i first detected few years ago in concerns with elearning (Barron, 2000).

Barron (2000) views the convergence of Knowledge Management and e-Learning as:

“a beast (which) combines formal training as represented by e-Learning, and the free-floating knowledge swirling through organisations that knowledge management practices seek to snare and share”.

Barron T, (2000),“A Smarter Frankenstein: The Merging of e-Learning and Knowledge Management”at http://www.learningcircuits.org accessed 29/05/02

Siemens wrote in his book “Knowing Knowledge”:

Ecologies and networks provide the solution to needed structures and spaces to house and facilitate knowledge flow (p. 86).

Besides associating floating, liquidity and flow to knowledge itself and connecting it with the spaces where knowledge is moved, the flow process has been associated with personal perception and action.

A term of interest is “flow experience”.

This originates from a metaphor people were using: several people described their ‘flow’ experiences using the metaphor of a water current carrying them along.

Some factors that Csíkszentmihályi identifies as accompanying an experience of flow are of interest:

– Concentrating and focusing, a high degree of concentration on a limited field of attention
– A loss of the feeling of self-consciousness, the merging of action and awareness.
– People become absorbed in their activity, and focus of awareness is narrowed down to the activity itself, action awareness merging

My interest is a hybrid ecosystem, combining virtual arnd real worlds, people, knowledge and activities.

I would like to have a bit of time, thinking how people become part of hybrid reality involving knowledge, action and the environment into their activity space, perceiving this flow experience.

Becoming hybrid beings in any moment of an activity, extending yourself out of your physical body by action and merging yourself with the environment, may enable probably to be part of these liquid places where knowledge is free-floating. But how does the fluidity of knowledge enhance the flow experience? Or does it help?

Is it something as “caught by the pipe”?


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