The workshop begins with a brief introduction to the concept of Open Source Learning and how it is practised and perpetuated within the OSL Foundation.
Small groups of three to four people work together with the ‘Open Source Learning Kit’. It is collaborative tool (game) to empower participants to work together to test out, reflect, and articulate their ideal learning environment. It is about developing social communities, micro-learning communities or “clusters”, and how multiple learning communities come to be associated and influence each other socially. The activity is worked out physically and spatially, and conceptually focuses on their ideal learning networks.
- Small groups work together to form a micro-assembly of pieces from the kit.
- Each team then presents to the group of the whole the ideal learning environment they created.
- Then the fun part: each puzzle board then clicks together to form one large puzzle board, and the entire group then works together to form a single large networked learning community.
Discussion topics are presented to each group:
- How do/did they negotiate different interests / ideals?
- How do they deal with density of interaction and the energy that comes from this?
- How do their own ideas/ideals shift/influence/grow from the presence of others?
Participants then document the process in the form of an aural story or song. Musical instruments are provided to assist with shaping the contour of their song/story. There is no musical training necessary, everything is explained and designed to facilitate successful outcomes and encourage engagement. The purpose of interjecting music is to be used as a medium that encourages the playfulness, creativity, and openness to continue throughout all parts of the workshop – including the documentation phase.
The workshop culminates with small groups presenting the most salient points to one another.
The activities in this workshop transfer directly to individual teaching practices, but can also be mapped onto the broader schema of learning and conceived of as a city – socially and how we might engage / inhabit / interact with it and those that inhabit it.