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Narratives of coherence: sensemaking and wayfinding in complex information ecologies. George Siemens September 6, 2011 Pretoria, South Africa. Fragmentation of information. Coherence formation challenged by: limits of human cognition g rowth of information quantity.

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narratives of coherence sensemaking and wayfinding in complex information ecologies

Narratives of coherence: sensemaking and wayfinding in complex information ecologies

George Siemens

September 6, 2011

Pretoria, South Africa

fragmentation of information
Fragmentation of information

Coherence formation challenged by:

  • limits of human cognition
  • growth of information quantity
existing coherence forming systems
Existing coherence forming systems

Books

Newspapers

TV news programs

Magazines

(anything that is structured and that the end user can’t speak into and alter)

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Information grounds

“focuses on people’s information behavior in informal social settings”

Counts and Fisher, 2010

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Fragmentation of information requires that we weave together elements into some type of coherent framework

Youtube

Blogs

Twitter

Facebook

TEDtalks

Kahn Academy

Online news/information sites

Traditional coherence frameworks

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“the rise of millions of fragmented discussions across the world tend instead to lead to fragmentation of audiences into isolated publics”

Habermas 2006

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Coherence is an orientation about the meaning and value of information elements based on how they are connected, structured, and related

Antonovsky 1993

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Organizing course

content

DolorsCapdet

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Image of course structure created by course participant

http://x28newblog.blog.uni-heidelberg.de/2008/09/06/cck08-first-impressions/

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Language games

Storytelling

Debate, dialogue

Descriptions

Clarification

Metaphors

Analogies

Examples

Resonance

Narratives of sensemaking

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Language/externalization reduces the “occult character” of mental images.

Wittgenstein

Language gives birth to thought

Vygotsky

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“a motivated, continuous effort to understand connections . . . in order to anticipate their trajectories and act effectively”

Klein et al. 2006

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“Sensemaking is about labelling and categorizing to stabilize the streaming of experience”

Weicket al. 2005

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Cynefin

Framework

Dave Snowden

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Participatory sensemaking:

“the coordination of intentional activity in interaction, whereby individual sense-making processes are affected and new domains of social sense-making can be generated that were not available to each individual on her own”

De Jaegher and Di Paolo 2007

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“the process that takes place when people orient themselves and navigate through space”

Raubaland Winter 2002

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“is the cognitive element of navigation … it does not involve movement of any kind but only the tactical and strategic parts that guide movement.”

Darken and Peterson 2002

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change.mooc.ca(Starts September 12, 2011)

Twitter: gsiemens

www.elearnspace.org/blog

Learning Analytics & Knowledge 2012:

Vancouver

http://lak12.sites.olt.ubc.ca/