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October 12, 2011


Co-creation Viewed Differently…

by Peter Skillen

One of the things I have loved over the years is coming to understand the difference between novice and expert learners. I have realized that experts take multiple passes at information and often revisit the same constructs at different times – with different lenses – with new sets of experiences under their belts.

Here I am in this situation myself.  I am thrilled with these new perspectives.

Produced for LCSI’s Journal Zone

I have spent a great deal of my professional life encouraging students to collaborate – both socially and cognitively. This has taken many forms and you can browse other posts in this blog to see those efforts and strategies. As you will see, co-creation of artifacts has been central to those efforts. Co-creation of artifacts is, after all, the heart of ‘social constructionist’ theory and practice.

In studying evocative coaching in the Powerful Learning Practice’s Connecting Coaching course, I have been amazed at the power of co-creation to build trust. I guess it has been implicit in all that I have done. But, now that it has been made explicit for me, I can leverage its power in building relationships and in building even more vibrant learning communities among students and among colleagues in professional learning scenarios.

This opportunity to zoom out and to be open to new perspectives on previous themes is a lesson for us all.

Gaining expertise is a lifelong attitude.

Co-creation of content encourages and supports the building of relationships and trust.



See also Constructivism in Action by @brendasherry

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oct 12 2011

    Hi Peter, just a question for my own understanding. WHen you say Co-creation of artefacts is, after all, the heart of ‘social constructionist’ theory and practice does that mean that it is always aimed at creating a product?


  2. Oct 13 2011

    Hey Kynan,

    Seymour Papert, who created Logo along with a lot of other educational computing innovations, coined the term ‘constructionism’. One of the major differentiations he made from ‘constructivism’ was that of creating an artefact. He believed that the ‘artefact creation process’ mediated conversation among students – thus mediating the construction of knowledge.

    Papert was a student of Jean Piaget’s – the ‘father of constructivism’. So he has a very deep understanding of it all.

    hope that helps!


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