5 Levels Learning Model (London)

The Origin of Spaces (OOS) EU project (Erasmus)

Social Enterprise Learning Resource

DRAFT AND WORKING DOCUMENT UK 5 Levels approach

Overview; This blog post shares the thinking behind the Lewisham 5-Level Social Enterprise learning resource for OOS. Each partner has been encouraged to develop their own 5-Level model, which will be resolved across the project in the next Transnational Meeting in Pula, April 2016. This is our thinking to help clarify some of the terminology and issues.

An interest driven approach We believe that the OOS Toobox is a resource that people will use because they have a specific interest in one or more of the themes of the OOS; Social Enterprise, Multidisciplinary CoWorking, Ecological Transitions, Local Partnerships and Participatory Governance . We anticipate that people will use the toolbox because they want to do things in the real world because they are interested in, or passionate about, that theme. The toolbox is not an education resource encouraging people to say that they know everything about (social enterprise), rather a practical resource for people who want to (create a social enterprise) and wish to learn what that entails; what they will be required to do in order to create a successful social enterprise.

What is the learning narrative? The learning narrative for the toolbox is based on a sequence of, first, inspiring interest in the topic (of social enterprise), secondly scoping what is covered in that topic, thirdly identifying what needs to be known in order to (create a social enterprise), fourthly providing precise details of skills needed to be a (social entrepreneur), fifthly of having enough expertise to share with others or build a community of practice, or collaborative work group and also be capable of providing new resources to the toolbox. If users trust what we have to offer on each theme then this learning narrative will be, arguably, the best way to understand the information being provided. We like UnLtds Social Enterprise Toolkit.

What is the learning design? Whilst the five partner projects are involved with OOS because they bring specific expertise in the five key areas of the project, and so provide much of the resource for the toolbox, we neither have sufficient information about our areas of expertise, nor know how best to provide that information for each and every user. Whilst the structure of the resource will be based on the (5-level) learning narrative we need to design the toolbox so uses can navigate their individual ways through what they are interested in. This can best be described as offering users three choices; to skim the information, address it in depth, or by-pass that information. It is difficult to learn in isolation and so the parts of the toolbox requiring deeper understanding will point to relevant discussion groups, or offer them. The proposed learning design is based on; Structure, Content, Community (see presentation on Learning Design). The Toolbox is only addressing the Structure and Content dimensions so will only point to Community as possibilities for accessing self-managed learning communities.

What are the learning pathways? We intend for the overall design of the toolbox to allow for multiple learning strategies, the user chooses how to use the toolbox for themselves. They may wish to focus on a single theme, such as social enterprise or ecological transitions, they may wish to improve their CoWorking hub in terms of participatory governance or to help create a local partnerships. We hope people will learn from the Toolbox to help them deal with practical problems in their world and so will identify their own learning pathways. If we subsequently decide Continue reading

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