Learning Cycles & Feedback Loops

#Becomingeducational A very very belated Happy New Year!!

But it’s been worth the wait – for we have brought you this brilliant blogpost by Ed Foster.

Ed relates the learning cycle – the the points of student disengagement or struggle that should trigger our interventions…

Living Learning Analytics Blog

One of my first jobs after graduating was training students in transferrable skills. I read an enormous amount of training theory, text books on time management, systems-thinking, NLP, public-speaking etc. Certain keystone ideas stuck. One was of course David A Kolb’s (1984) experiential learning cycle. I can remember explaining it by modelling the process of learning how to open one of the doors to the training room. I’m certain that I’ll have used the simple version: act – reflect – make rules – plan rather than the fuller, more-sophisticated version. I’ve used it a lot with students and there’s often an ‘of course!’ revelation.

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Screen grab of some of the range of learning analytics cycles and associated theories online

Learning cycles, feedback loops and systems thinking are all ideas that inherently feel right. I think it’s partly because there are some rock solid examples of these systems working (from the…

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