Complex Learning

Graeme Ferris

I work as part of the Technology Enhanced Learning team at QMU in Edinburgh. I am particularly interested in how the understanding and theories of physics, neuroscience and AI are beginning to be incorporated into current learning theories, for example the linking of complexity theory and education, and the ideas of Connectivism. My recent MSc research focussed on looking at levels of interaction in online discussion groups in relation to the theory of complex adaptive systems. [HTML] [XML] Last Updated: 2011-04-21T19:35:08.037-0

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Complex systems and network theory in Connectivism
Graeme Ferris, Complex Learning, Mar 09, 2011
Hugely frustratingly for me, I was unable to access the Friday night Elluminate discussion due to some computer problems - I managed to listen to some of the discussion through DS106 but only managed to review the recording with all the chat and diagrams today. Over the last few weeks a common thread has been niggling me and so I hope to try in this post to outline what I see as an limitation of viewing learning purely in terms of the connections in a network. The discussion on Friday helped ... 2011-03-10T00:05:00 [Comment]

Networks and Feedback
Graeme Ferris, Complex Learning, Feb 10, 2011
Over the last two or three weeks we have had a lot of discussion about networks and how Connectivism is really focused on how learning takes place across these networks. One thing that hasn't really been discussed is the notion of feedback loops in relation to networks and I believe that understanding feedback mechanisms are crucial to understanding how networks develop and evolve. So what is a feedback loop? Feedback loops occur when information or an event in a system makes a change to ... 2011-02-10T19:15:00 [Comment]

The Nature vs Nurture debate
Graeme Ferris, Complex Learning, Feb 03, 2011
This morning there was an interesting article on the BBC website about research into how much our genes influence our learning ( . The research suggests that our genetic disposition does play a very important role in the learning process, strengthening the case for "personalised learning". I had been thinking about this question a couple of weeks ago after quite a profound experience. It was my niece's 21st Birthday party and at one point I ... 2011-02-03T14:58:00 [Comment]

Background and initial impressions to my first MOOC
Graeme Ferris, Complex Learning, Jan 31, 2011
Just prior to Christmas I submitted my MSc dissertation entitled "Complexity Theory and Online Discussion Groups -Emergent Behaviours and Dynamics". The underlying premise of my dissertation rested on the idea that online discussion groups (or any discussion groups for that matter) are potentially complex adaptive systems, and with the same topic, each group can be dynamically very different from another group. Despite interventions by the tutor, some groups just seemed to take off and ... 2011-01-24T19:24:00 [Comment]

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