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CNIE 2014 Intellectual Estuaries
In nature, estuaries are meeting places. Fresh water, salt water and land come together, enabling productivity and biodiversity that is greater than the sum of its parts. Similarly, university faculty members and learning and development professionals may be able to create—or enable the creation of “intellectual estuaries.” These spaces bring together often-unlikely groups of people for learning that can be greater than the sum of the knowledge they bring.
Design of these spaces involves boundary spanning or blurring, openness to possibility, productive tensions and inherent ambiguities. Intellectual estuary design is to traditional instructional design what the un-conference is to the conference.
Overview from Alice MacGillivray
Organizational Charts - Why is this model so tenacious?
Underneath, workplaces look like this
What Alice has to say about that
Creative work and progress in communities of practice doesn't filter back to the centre.
From Gerald Midgley et al:
Theory and Practice of Boundary Critique
Interesting Stuff happens at the boundaries. How can we pay attention to that?
How can we apply these ideas to our own contexts?
What are the boundaries we have set up? How can we make them more permeable?
How can we bring together unlikely groups of people? Who would they be?
Can the intellectual estuary concept be applied to instructional design in higher education? A doctoral example of deliberate under-design for enriched learning.
Can formal education courses be designed to encourage intellectual estuaries and emergent learning?
from Liberating Structures
After our discussion of possibilities, what is one bold idea you can do to apply the ideas of intellectual estuaries in your work?
1. Write down your bold idea
2. Discuss with a partner. Make any needed modifications.
3. Mill around, pass your card to someone else, quickly review
4. Stop passing cards and pair up with someone nearby. Exchange thoughts.
5. Rate the idea on the card you are holding using a score of 1-5 (5 is high). Write the score on the back of the card.
6. Continue to pass cards around
7. Repeat 3 more times | Exchange > BELL > Exchange > BELL > Exchange > BELL
8. Add up the score on the card you are holding
9. Report out from those holding a score of 25, then 24, and so on until top 10 ideas have been shared
10. Comments on process?
What emerged -- brief conversation about intellectual estuaries and what's happening in your workplace?
There are out-of-necessity barriers rather than out-of-necessity innovation
The challenge can be what is perceived as necessity
What new metaphors can we offer that will help people to break out of silos?
Network structures don't get useful until they're used and the don't get used until they're useful
Incentives are like invasive species
Sometimes there is a natural balance
Sometimes meeting of edges is deliberate
Semiosis - ideal if it can be seen as natural benefit
Often this is evolutionary, so need to understand where we are
There are so many amazing practitioners who don't know how amazing they are. How to discover these people?
Often with the right leader can make silo issues disappear
Someone new in a leadership position can make all the difference
People who do the bridging, know and understand the social fabric, can be in a position of influence (different than authority)
Notes From Cards
Ideas from top ranked to lower ranked:
Invite students into course design
Encourage interdepartmental communication
Bring more students into our design processes
"Faire" for sharing ideas among departments
Bring in an Aboriginal elder to plan diversity MED course
co-op existing event (executive) or volunteer to design
find language to bridge differing perspectives
bring writing, research, design, development to disciplines for students
energize our university-wide social network
Pair ID in projects - mix experiences
meet as many people as possible
add a F.G. student to my thesis committee
do a hallway plan for a learning event
provost task force for learning tech. Reps from 14 faculties and library and IT and Ed. Dev + ... Students union, grad student assoc. Cross pollinate. Intentional edge effect
Reflection on Process
Time was too short
Good stuff on what. now want to talk about HOW
liked the 25/10 process
See the book "What the Robin Knows"
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"