I’ve been fascinated by the idea of combining the characteristics of eLearning (“teaching and learning in virtual environment”) and the idea of systems intelligence. There’s been a lot of talk about the challenges in e.g. recognizing, understanding, managing and supervising activities in eLearning – this is in most cases explained due the “disjointedness”, complexity, novel habits of interaction and low visibility of the “new system” we try to cope with?
However, I think that it can be considered as a system anyway? I wonder if it’s worth of effort to try understand eLearning using the theories and aspects of systems intelligence? An approach to analyze and explain the activities using the framework of a systems thinking? Getting more intelligent in the system developing the activities (teaching, learning, supervising, etc.) better? I dunno. But we can try.
In Saarinen & Hämäläinen group, there’s been research about the relationship of teaching and systems intelligence, like Accelerated Learning, Teaching and Systems Intelligence (Sajaniemi, et al. 2004), “Systems intelligent teacher in a systemic class”, (Systeemiälykäs opettaja systeemisessä luokassa, in Finnish, Salaspuro-Selänne, Soini. 2004), Oppiva ja systeemiälykäs koulu – tarua vai totta (in Finnish, Sajaniemi et al. 2005, Systeemiäly – valmistavan luokan opettajan kompassi (in Finnish, Pöyhönen, Sutela-Sallinen, 2004) and Valaistuksia systeemiälykkääseen opettamiseen (in Finnish, Sajaniemi, et al. 2004). Still, I would eagerly like to hear more about the research and experiences in this field – especially in the context of virtual education.
Is systems intelligence able to give us a new, fruitful framework to approach and analyze activities like learning or guidance in virtual environments? Could it somehow help us to “see inside” the system: structures, processes, dynamics, problematics? Is it possible to consider “learnining” as some kind of systems intelligent activity – by developing it we can increase the “quality” of learning? And such.