In a recent post on MindShift, Luba Vangelova summarizes David Dobias’ work on self-organizing learning environments (SOLE). The SOLE model encourages self-reliance and autonomy, situating learners in a loosely structured (but deliberately supported) environment with other, similarly “engaged learners.” The Black Mountain SOLE project is a physical gathering place for cooperative, collaborative learning. It’s not an alternative to more formal educational paths; rather, it complements them by addressing those less codified regions of learning and practice. It’s an incubator of sorts for social learning with motivation as one of the key outcomes. According to Dobias, “The point is people getting clear on their passions and taking action.”
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