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Wednesday, June 18 • 1:30pm - 2:20pm
CON1.05 – Using Open Space Learning to Transform our Learning Experiences (Room A232)

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Beyond, instructing, beyond facilitating, this interactive Open Space Learning uses a self-organizing learning space to explore how you will be “Transforming (y)our Learning experiences” in your institution. Space will be created for you to interact with your colleagues and reflect on your practices and to gain insights into the experiences of others.  This session will uncover your passions and through interactive open discussions, creative approaches will be discovered. We will create the agenda, we will find the right people and we will determine the outcomes. This session will stimulate an exchange of information and ideas and allow you to leave inspired, invigorated and ready to reconfigure your learning spaces and places. 

Open Space Technology/Learning is an approach for organizing learning experiences around an important topic without a formal agenda. This approach relies on the principles of self-organizing groups, which envisions groups of people as living systems capable of adapting appropriately to changing environments.  Self-organizing groups develop similarly to communities of practice, as knowledge sharing and learning enterprises.  However, they are more often considered in the context of ongoing interactions amongst group members.  Open Space Technology/Learning contains four main concepts: 1) whoever comes are the right people, 2) whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened, 3) whenever it starts is the right time and 4) when it’s over it’s over.  As such, Open Space Technology/Learning takes advantage of the focus of a group designed to dissipate after only a single interaction.

This Open Space session is usually run for longer time periods, half days to many days, but the ‘50 minute Short Interactive Workshop’ will provide participants with a very ‘interactive, engaging taste’ of Open Space Learning.


Roger Moore

NorQuest College/University of Alberta

Wednesday June 18, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm EDT
A232 McArthur Hall

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