Learning in Island Ecologies

How do conditions of isolation affect learning? We propose to take a large group of volunteers, split them up into smaller, isolated, groups (either online or in-person), and then set them upon complex tasks. They will develop concepts, proposals, and ideas under these conditions of artificial isolation, before being reintroduced to each other to circulate what they have learned and discovered. Then they are once again split up, to form new arrangements engaging with new problems. This oscillation between isolated islands and connected archipelagos, this alternation between separation and exchange, will, we hope, produce novel conditions of learning and thinking, which we will study in our LEARN.

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