Footprints of emergent learning are a great method to evaluate and reflect learning processes with respect to the clusters:
- openness / structure (7 factors)
- interactive environment (7 factors)
- agency (6 factors) and
- presence / writing (5 factors).
Designers of learning processes can draw a footprint about their design and learners can draw a footprint how they learned in this design. In the following picture the footprint at the left side is my footprint about the design of the cope14 MOOC whereas the footprint at the right side shows my learning experience in the creativity MOOC which I attended one year ago.
Aren’t they beautiful?
Purpose: In this assignment we invite you to do your own footprint and reflect your learning experience in the cope14 MOOC.
Task: Download the palette in Word for the footprint and check the individual factors (description in German or in English). In Word you have to activate the points of the footprint’s shape by using the right mouse button. Or you print the template, draw the factors and the footprint by hand and take a picture 🙂
As one can think about the individual factors of the footprints for years (we did and are discussing them until now!) I suggest that you don’t invest too much time worrying about the factors but draw them using your “gut instict”. In any case you should know that if you perceive a factor as open it will get a high value, if learning is more prescribed you choose a lower value.
So in the middle of the footprint there is the zone of prescribed learning, then comes the zone of sweet emergence, then the learning gets more challenging, you are in the zone of emergence and at the outer edge there’s the so-called edge of chaos. Learning is so open that you need nearly all your energy to get not lost. Try it out! Upload your footprint somewhere in the internet and send us the link in your comment.
Tips: Do it and enjoy!
- Williams Roy T. Mackness Jenny & Gumtau Simone (2012). Footprints of Emergence. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 13(4) S.49-90
- About the footprints (in German)
- Video where Jenny Mackness explains in wonderful English how to draw the footprints.
- Video of Jenny and Roy talking about the footprints in their keynote at out 13. E-Learning Day in Graz (part 1 and part 2)
Jenny Mackness summarized your footprints in one picture to get an overview 🙂 (on May 25 12:00)