NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1048607
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1093-023X
Advancing a Complex Systems Approach to Personalized Learning Communities: Bandwidth, Sightlines, and Teacher Generativity
Hamilton, Eric
Journal of Interactive Learning Research, v26 n1 p89-104 Jan 2015
Educational technologies have advanced one of the most important visions of educational reformers, to customize formal and informal learning to individuals. The application of a complex systems framework to the design of learning ecologies suggests that each of a series of ten desirable and malleable features stimulates or propels the other ten, interacting to create important emergent properties, such as personalized learning communities (PLCs) or the powerful blending of individualization within community. This paper furnishes two examples of technologically-mediated learning environments that illustrate the interactivity of the ten features as constituent elements of higher order PLCs. One involves collaborative "what you see is what I see" network spaces that emphasize high bandwidth "sightlines" as entrée to a discussion of featural interactions and an emerging PLC. The other involves reliance on teachers as they participate in the user-generated content revolutions in society more generally. In this example, the entrée is creativity.
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. P.O. Box 1545, Chesapeake, VA 23327. Tel: 757-366-5606; Fax: 703-997-8760; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation; Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes