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Shared Thinking and Learning Design Representations

Shared Thinking is also an innovation in Learning Designs, Patterns and representations of practice...

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Nicholas Bowskill
5 May 2010

Shared Thinking is also an innovation in Learning Designs, Patterns and representations of practice as it contributes the missing ingredient - namely the student experience!! More specifically it constructs and displays the whole group experience of students as a resource for cognitive and situative development. 

Shared Thinking is also an innovation in Social Network Analysis as it again offers the ability to add the missing whole group experience to the display of relationships.

The latest conference presentation on Shared Thinking delivered at the 7th International Conference on Networked Learning, Aalborg, Denmark was used to highlight the whole-group nature of enquiry and the ability to give form to collective thought. This was also used to highlight the ability of Shared Thinking to co-construct a whole-group representation that could then inform Learning Designs, Patterns and Representations of Practice.

I would argue that representations of learning design are greatly diminished without a sense of the experiences they generate. Shared Thinking at last provides the means and the mediating artifacts to address this gap! In addition Shared Thinking is built upon empirical data and implementation in new and old universities - and even in different countries. See the slides from the latest conference presentation at Slideshare below

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