Alternative Learning for Leipzig

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Alternative University and learning infrastructures

Formal Learning

As in the factor e-farm project ( note: need to find reference ), Dante suggests to use "alternative learning" related to the build up of resilient communities as an enabler to converge resources either through :

  • direct participation
  • investment in euros

Participating students could guarantee a certain amount in euros for every semester, which they gain back trough their participation in the local economic development,

in exchange of which they get a certification and experience.

Dante feels that certain courses related to the Gaia university could be hosted by a Leipzig_Project alternative university.

Informal Learning

Dante very much wants to support the emergence of informal learning, including through connectivist and rhizomatic learning cultures, and access to empowerment through various medias, and spaces.


"BCK is a pilot experience dedicated to the research of social mechanisms for the collective production of contents, mutual education, and citizen participation. It is a kind of laboratory platform where we explore new ways of enhancing the distribution channels for practical and informal knowledge, as well as how to share it."

"The essence of the program is that it's like school, but it's not school.

"826 National is a nonprofit tutoring, writing, and publishing organization with locations in seven cities across the country." "Our work is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention"


"One aspect of connectivism is the use of a network with nodes and connections as a central metaphor for learning. [2] In this metaphor, a node is anything that can be connected to another node: information, data, feelings, images. Learning is the process of creating connections and developing a network. Not all connections are of equal strength in this metaphor; in fact, many connections may be quite weak."

"Thus the foundations upon which we are working are changing as well as the speed at which new information must be integrated into those foundations. The traditional method of expert translation of information to knowledge requires time"

"In the rhizomatic model of learning, curriculum is not driven by predefined inputs from experts; it is constructed and negotiated in real time by the contributions of those engaged in the learning process. This community acts as the curriculum, spontaneously shaping, constructing, and reconstructing itself and the subject of its learning in the same way that the rhizome responds to changing environmental conditions"

Wikipedia about community of practice

"Community of practice (CoP), according to cognitive anthropologists Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger, is a term that describes a group of people who share an interest, a craft, and/or a profession. The group can evolve naturally because of the member's common interest in a particular domain or area, or it can be created specifically with the goal of gaining knowledge related to their field. It is through the process of sharing information and experiences with the group that the members learn from each other, and have an opportunity to develop themselves personally and professionally (Lave & Wenger 1991). CoPs can exist online, such as within discussion boards and newsgroups, or in real life, such as in a lunchroom at work, in a field setting, on a factory floor, or elsewhere in the environment."

Practices supported by potentially collaborating houses

Rockzipfel Leipzig Project @ GS10 ...

Wikipedia entry on "Continuum Concept"

"The continuum concept is an idea relating to human development proposed by Jean Liedloff in her book The Continuum Concept. According to Liedloff, in order to achieve optimal physical, mental and emotional development, human beings—especially babies—require the kind of experience to which their species adapted during the long process of their evolution..."

Ideas for organizational set up

Digital Chalkboard / Ardoise Numerique ( temporary name / need for an alternative name )

Voici une vision que j avais a 14-15 ans, et qui aujourd hui peut devenir realite, du fait de la disponibilite de la technologie a bas prix ( moins de 50 euros piece ), et de l etendue qu a finalement pris internet :

l'apprentissage collaboratif en utilisant internet comme outil.

mon objectif est de mettre en place une asbl internationale, avec fonction de soutenir le developpement d une approche de communautes de pratiques dans les ecoles, aidees par internet et par la mise a disposition d ordinateurs de poche ( tablet pc , ... )

ainsi, il s agit d un projet d ardoise numerique, soutenue par l intelligence collective et emergente d internet.

cela ne remet pas en question les potentiels hors numerique. au contraire, l un des objectifs etant de liberer du temps et augmenter les opportunites de creativite avec les mains, et dans le relationel direct, en reduisant la part de l apprentissage focalisee sur la reproduction, et ouvrant des possibilites d ubiquite des connaissances.

L'objectif d une telle asbl est de soutenir un commun, sous forme d infrastructures, de videos, de circuits de distribution sans but lucratif des outils, et d outils d intelligence collective/participatufs, mais aussi d evenements/rencontres dans les ecoles.

Mais pas seulement les ecoles. L'objectif pour moi est aussi de soutenir et converger des communautes de pratique qui traduisent les imperatifs des differents pays sur le plan du curriculum educatif obligatoire, de sorte a faciliter les comparaisons et permettre l echange des differents cours et approches pour transferer et apprendre collectivement les requis de base,

tout en profitant de cette nouvelle transparence pour comparer les differents curriculum obligatoires, et eventuellement apporter un plus aux organismes nationaux qui etablissent ces curriculum.

La creation d un reseau large de participants augmente d autant plus les potentiels de soutien mutuel dans les approches d apprentissage, et la prise de conscience collective des differentes initiatives, au sein mais aussi entre, et en dehors des ecoles.