Rhizomatic Learning

When David Cormier first published Rhizomatic education: Community as curriculum“, in Innovate (2008), in which he used the Rhizome as an analogy to describe Connectivist culture (Siemens and Downes, 2008), not many academics paid attention. It was only after Sebastian Thrun’s legendary Introduction to Artificial Intelligence which spawned over 160,000 online learners, and after the NY Times labeled 2012 as The Year of the MOOC , when the humble root analogy truly came into vogue. I have a personal interest in this Rhizome analogy, as I had myself adopted parallelisms from the plant world / natural sciences field into my own past research:

Osmosis– “When immersed in a saturated context, absorption naturally occurs”. (Detrochet, 1847)

“Osmosis Learning”“When immersed in a context which is saturated with learning opportunities, learners instinctively ‘absorb’ to equalize their level of ‘lacking knowledge’ to that of a ‘higher knowledge’.” (Hussin, 2004).

Fast forward to present day (2013) , in one of the (many) G+ discussions that I rhizomatically engage in on a daily basis, the topic of Rhizomes, Rhizomatic Learning, and the analogy of Rhizomes spontaneously cropped up a few days ago, and started to develop in multiple directions (hence, living up to the concept in itself). I find this epitomization quite fascinating. And since I am a Visual Learner (in addition to being a Rhizomatic Learner), I thought I would post a pictorial blog on this topic:

Simple diagram of the most commonly known Rhizome – the ubiquitous plant called “grass” – showing the omnidirectional and “node” nature of growth:

Amazing series of computer generated images depicting the growth of Rhizomes:

Link to original source of the above – Rhizome: a clonal growth simulator (September 05, 2006)

Link to my earlier blog on the same topic – Rhizomatic Learning (March 31, 2013)

Link to my original blog that spawned this blog – HIP HeLPers REALLy CONNECT (June 30, 2013) – and to my earlier G+ post that triggered the discussion beforehand

Links to a few other G+ discussions and blog posts that are relevant to this topic:


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