Archive for September, 2009

Following the note last week we would like to share the concluding paragraphs of the architecture of participation paper.

“Some interim conclusions

So our concern was how to develop an organisational architecture of participation that will enable organisations to adapt and prosper in turbulent times and we have concluded with an outline of the ‘adaptive institution working in collaborative networks’ based on principles of e-maturity and public value.

E-maturity, the enabling of all institutional processes in order that effective learning can be delivered in a technology-enhanced context, provides a lever for the institution to ensure strategic control over its ever present need to ‘adapt’. Using e-maturity frameworks as a developmental tool will enable institutions to improve their flexibility, work across self-defined partner networks and become ‘adaptive’ and responsive to learner and user demand. (more…)

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Introduction: ‘in turbulent times’ – the opening paragraphs of our paper, where we start to bring together our ideas that are defined as an ‘Architecture of Participation’. We will add further quotes from this paper over the next few weeks and show how these ideas have been developed in the last twelve months and how they might be turned into a series of tools to support institutional self-review in the contexts created by the economic downturn.


“This paper attempts to capture the authors’ work on e-learning and organisational issues in the post-compulsory education sector in the UK, through the concepts of public value, e-maturity and collaborative networks. (more…)

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Beyond a Boundary; Some Consequences of the Open Context Model of Learning

Nigel Ecclesfield and Fred Garnett from the Learner-Generated Contexts Research Group gave a presentation talking to this title at iPED 2009 on Tuesday September 15th which looked at some of the pedagogic issues raised by the Open Context Model of Learning in terms of the educational “Boundary” Issues which was a key theme of the conference.

The slides of the presentation are on slideshare and you can download the accompanying handout which elaborates some of the points in the presentation.

We argue that the LGC Groups Open Context Model of Learning reformulates educational boundaries because it is a learner-centric rather than an institution-centric model of learning and points to a co-creation process of learning. (more…)

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This is the blog which will be used to discuss the Architecture of Participation of the Learner-Generated Contexts Research Group. We will will start with our latest presentation, given today at iPED 2009. It will be written by Fred Garnett and Nigel Ecclesfield.

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