Imagining our spaces

This week, we have been considering what metaphors we might use to convey our experience of IDEL, how we see the space that we are in, whether we can map it out or represent it in some alternative form, based on a spatial metaphor.

There have been some interesting propositions so far:

Christine has usefully summarised the offerings so far:

Broad Theme Started by… Metaphor/Analogy Representation
EcologyMovement & changeChange & timeConnections 








What’s going on below the surface…


… and how is it represented?

Kelly Ecosystem Image
Karen Starship on journeyDancing – change in steps Story
Lorenzo Pit – showing change process Visual graph
Sai Baby steps – increasing exposureWeb of connections Visual graph + Quicktime
Lisa Caught in the web Image
Lorenzo Knowledge bubbles Image
Mary Maps Image
Susie Sushi bar – digestion + service Image + Thinglink annotation
Sarah MOOcow and body functions Image + annotation
Renee Paperbag princess, hacking at fairytales Images
Chris Space – and a remix of the week’s intro Image, sound, remixed words (Soundcloud)
Andy Binaries  (and rhizomes) QR code
Dorine Object oriented way of thinking Discussion
Discussion themes Questions
Anna Neuroplasticity of the brain Do we process differently?
MaryMary Ownership & control How do we protect students from being exploited?
Skeuomorphism Are our old metaphors no longer working?
Helen Design How do we make a transition to new ways?
Implications for teaching Marie New form of engagement How do students feel?
Karen Role of teacher (in MOOCs) What is a teacher at scale?

Mid-way through the week and I’m still stuck for ideas.


I feel like I’m in a confusing hall of mirrors with half visions and half ideas fragmenting and dispersing.

hall of mirrors

However, maybe I’m just reflecting…



2 Replies to “Imagining our spaces”

  1. Hello Helen,

    Do you think that other spaces might also feel like a confusing hall of mirrors? I think my whole role feels like that sometimes! Could your feeling about the experience of IDEL help you connect with the teachers you are trying to draw into online work?



  2. Hi Velda,

    With regard to feeling often like we’re in a hall of mirrors, I think you’re right! However much of my work feels ‘transactional’ and practical so embarking on this course is providing me with the opportunity to be reflective, to think about my own practice and my own learning in a way in which I haven’t done previously.

    I think your suggestion as to using my experiences and responses to engage the teachers I’m working with is incisive: I need to move our teachers beyond the transactional and work towards developing within them a sense of engagement with the process of change. Meta-analysis and loop inputs will be starting points for my thinking about the next stage of my work with the in-school teams.



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