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on March 14, 2007 at 1:39:04 pm


Learning is a process, not an event. A Learnscape is where that process plays out. Learnscapes are learning ecosystems.




Informal learning is about situated action, collaboration, coaching, and reflection -- not classes. Developing a platform to support informal learning is analogous to landscaping a garden. You don't make the platform; you make what's there better.


A major component of informal learning is natural learning, the notion of treating people as organisms in nature. Our role as learning professionals is to protect their environment, provide nutrients for growth, and let nature take its course.Self-service learners connect to one another, to ongoing flows of information and work, to their teams and organizations, to their customers and markets, not to mention their families and friends. Because the design of informal learning ecosystems is analogous to landscape design, I will call the environment of informal learning a learnscape. A landscape designer’s goal is to conceptualize a harmonious, unified, pleasing garden that makes the most of the site at hand. A learnscaper strives to create a learning environment that increases the organization’s longevity and health, and the individual learner’s happiness and well-being. Gardeners don’t control plants; managers don’t control people. Gardeners and managers have influence but not absolute authority. They can’t make a plant fit into the landscape or a person fit into a team.


A learnscape is a learning ecology. It’s learning without borders.


Jay's blogs on Learnscapes. Free-range learning. Learnscaping seven-minute overview



Learnscapes are not formal or all informal; they are always a mix of both.


Discussion became quite heated when I depicted this as an audio mixer:





Internet Culture and the Evolution of Learning


Designing a Web-based learning ecology




Dave Gray's delightful drawing addresses common Learnscape communication issues.



teemu arina Teemu Arina's sketch puts informal learning in the center and formal learning around the periphery.




 A sample Learnscape (Unworkshop)








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