Full story at: http://jondron.net/cofind/frshowresource.php?tid=5325&resid=1333

A nice post by Doug Noon on the significance of constraints in a complex system, applied to the role of a teacher in a classroom with kids. There are, unsurprisingly, several parallels with some of the principles that I have explored in my book (Control and Constraint in E-Learning: Choosing When to Choose), including the need for diversity and redundancy, local interactions, and randomness vs coherence, but Noon’s focus on practical issues for teachers and the human interaction side of things is refreshing and thoughtful. There is a good discussion developing around the post in the comments too.
Created:Sat, 25 Aug 2007 15:18:14 GMT

Original: https://community.brighton.ac.uk/pg/blog/jd29/read/111508/emergence
By: Jon Dron
Posted: August 25, 2007, 9:18 am

I am a professional learner, employed as a Full Professor and Associate Dean, Learning & Assessment, at Athabasca University, where I research lots of things broadly in the area of learning and technology, and I teach mainly in the School of Computing & Information Systems. I am a proud Canadian, though I was born in the UK. I am married, with two grown-up children, and three growing-up grandchildren. We all live in beautiful Vancouver.

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