Home>Projects> Public Click Pedagogy

Public Click Pedagogy
This is one of those slow hunch spaces, or perhaps a little more than that. It articulates with the way I imagine the StammArbeit project operating. It seems now that we live in a space of relatively abundant bit space that how we learn no longer needs to be secret learner's business. Students, in the past, are typically presented with a set of predigested lumps of knowledge which they are supposed to ingest and assimilate. The student rarely has any idea how the teacher learned any of this stuff. As writing about various academic practices has begun to become more open, it would seem that opening up how one prepares one's mind, the moves one makes, the mistakes, the fumblings for meaning and patterns, can be exposed, shared, put "out there". The other idea which intersects with this is that of Johansson's notion of The Click Moment1. There are clear resonances with Steven Johnson's Where Good Ideas Come From and with Nassim Nicholas Taleb's Antifragile. How to live in a world we don't understand.

So this is about folk who share, in various ways and forms2 what they do as they tackle new stuff, a paper, a body of knowledge, an idea they want to work up. Sure it is risky but to lock it all away and pretend, after however long, that the brilliant piece you just produced was planned that way is simply fraudulent and totally misleading to those who would productively steal a bit of your work3. My hunch is that exploring how to open up the secret life of learning can be a genuine step forward in helping folk prepare their minds.

Thus, what I am interested in are the heuristics, the rules of thumb folk use to work/wade through all things formal educational. This from Taleb:
Consider the role of heuristic (rule-of-thumb) knowledge embedded in traditions. Simply, just as evolution operates on individuals, so does it act on these tacit, unexplainable rules of thumb transmitted through generations—what Karl Popper has called evolutionary epistemology. But let me change Popper’s idea ever so slightly (actually quite a bit): my take is that this evolution is not a competition between ideas, but between humans and systems based on such ideas. An idea does not survive because it is better than the competition, but rather because the person who holds it has survived!

So the meme carrier matters more than the meme. So much for books. :)

I have set up a small wiki site to explore these ideas by walking the talk on a couple of projects. If you'd like to play along, let me know.
 Notes 1: Some notes and quotes arehere
2: YouTube has some good show and tell of this kind.
3: See, e.g. Kleon, A. (2012). Steal like an artist : 10 things nobody told you about being creative. New York: Workman Pub. Co.

• This site operates under a Creative Commons License • Powered by Wikka