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Can we Crowd Source rhizoanalysis #rhizo15

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So I spoken about how I want to try my hand at rhizoanalyis (using Leander and Rowe as a general guide). I figure the best way to get at nonrepresentational theory is to let others help map the lines of learning in .

Here is what I am thinking

  • Need to commit to project. We will be submitting to publication. Getting rejected by top tier journals first and moving down the line until the manuscript is rejected.
  • You don't need to commit. If you just want to dance with us feel free to boogie for a short song and offer feedback on what we are doing. Research is a balancing act:

  • You need to build up your background knowledge on rhizoanalysis. We will read Leander & Rowe together. Maybe a first pass of other research.
  • You don't need any background knowledge. You can learn as we go. I will be.

  • After we are comfortable with our current level of discomfort we will try with a small sample of data. I curated all of the final makes submitted by participants.
  • We meet as synchronously as possible and dry to sketch out some maps.
  • Not sure what the deminsions of the map would be that would be up to us.


Research is hard work. Analyzing in the open will leave us exposed.

  • After we map one learning event we decide how to map the entire experience. We could map concepts (identity, multimodality), we could map specific learners (choose 4-5 people). We could map specific people based on the demensions of specific concepts.
  • I really have no idea how this would work because I have never tried that before.
  • I, and probably you, will have to work hard not to fallback on a heirarchical taxonomy.

We need to be able to switch our perspectives. If you are interested in helping out leave a comment below.


@AnnGagne I think to get at the immamence of learning (the co-signing of all the social world) of spaces like we need to explore and shape them as they unfold, like a performance rather than artifact to be analyzed after the fact.


A couple of my thoughts from a participant trespassing on your knowledge landscape:
-Once you are required to blog as part of a class it changes things. No judgement, but the reality remains. Assessment changes our motivation to learn. Mandated blogging is different than blogging. Playing in spaces like is different then getting credit. Not good or bad. Different.

I have seen very few blogs that I assign to students carry on past class. They are put out to pasture on some server farm. Like veal, the young were pumped for early meat and discarded.

Nor do students establish these spaces for themselves after class. I think recreating networked spaces in formal learning environments is difficult. These difficulties are compacted by access and inequity as you look around the world.

If getting students connected was my goal. I fail by every metric you can count.

However, as my first group of teachers approaches graduation they are now thinking about how they curate their identities in online spaces. It isn't about holding the spigot on the bad, its about opening the flood gates on the good.

I hope more students continue blogging. I also think a model of on the ground nodes attached to a much larger global hub is a better approach to bringing in principles of connected learning into the classroom.

If you go and read the few students who did continue to blog after class you will see all the metrics that really count.

I just want more of my students to focus on what counts.

I saw three main points of hesitance of entry:
- An outsider feeling (as both off-putting and motivating).
- Vulnerability in sharing our identities.
-Especially the truth in art.
- Questions of ownership.
- The tool use.

I am coming at this with my own subjectives. Specifically as someone who attempts to shape places like . I want to build off of Maha Bali's column on caring. How do we take into account the hesitance of entry?

You and +Autumm393 have me thinking on this.


@autumm Watching this rhizome travel is learning in motion. Your students query embodied so many ideals and wspread across modes in movement. Its been lotta fun.


If community is the content in then community is what counts? Is counted? does the counting? all of the above?