Jan and Greg: Rhizomes for Breakfast

Useful summary of basic Dave on Rhizomatic Learning, with links. OK so it’s not new to even the most dilatory of Change11 followers / near lurkers who don’t accept that lurkers (like their canine counterparts) should neither be seen nor heard.  Still useful though for a short course when someone asks, so what is this? Send me a link. Ha! I never finished the post, “how to pack for a MOOC” but now working on “MOOCs for Dummies” and “explaining MOOCs to the uninitiated” …. 

I received a link in my email this morning from Jan, one of our iFacilitate colleagues: “Seeing Rhizomatic Learning and MOOCs Through the Lens of the Cynefin Framework” (3.4.12). Coincidentally, I received similar links from Greg in his comment on one of my posts: Rhizomatic Learning – Why We Teach? (11.5.11) and Rhizomatic Education: Community as Curriculum (6.3.08; originally published in Innovate on 6.2.08). All three are written by Dave Cormier and appear in Dave’s Educational Blog.


Comment: A rhizome works as a metaphor for the connectivist models of learning that are not only made possible by but required by Web 2.0. Knowledge, teaching, and learning are community based, or social, and this community is made possible by social networking. Thus, as Cormier says, “the community is the curriculum,” or, put another and perhaps more familiar way, “the medium is the message.”

Jan and Greg: Rhizomes for Breakfast


By VanessaVaile

Briefly: identity, a work in progress, curiosity driven lifelong learner, polyglot polymath, proud SJW, curator of myself, guerrilla educationist, retired educator, wrangler, wanderer.


  1. And then the roots get tangled like a Mother in Law’s tongue that needs re-potting. More though if I’d included a longer list. A friend – already an autonomous learner – intrigued by the concept asked me to send her “a link.” I’ve been trying to explain them to ill-informed sessional colleagues who can’t get past the terrors of disruptive change. They present the real challenge.


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