Jay Cross uses a landscape analogy to describe informal learning:
Courses end; learnscapes persist. Organizations and their members are living things, and the landscape/learnscape analogy invites us to consider nature, symbiosis, interconnections, genetic make-up, adaptation, the change of seasons, and life cycles. People are not plants, so the analogy doesnâ€™t stretch into self-expression, thinking, identity, personality, and collaboration.
This got me thinking about how useful I’m finding ELGG, the learner-centric environment, which has the tagline “learning landscape”.
Elgg lets you set up a personal presence online and then use it to interact with others!
Create your own weblog, journal, store of files like photos and Word documents, communities, social networks.
Use Elgg to enhance reflective thought, your development, your resource base.
Share them with your friends, teachers, instructors and other Elgg users. YOU decide who can see what!
Unfortunately, since no one can pronounce or understand the name ELGG (I’m told it’s a Swiss deer), I suggest a petition to change the name to “learning landscape” or something like that. It looks like ELGG is making very exciting progress and it will be a heck of a lot easier for me to convince my clients to use it if they can pronounce it 😉