Snowflake effect for learning
For a while, I’ve had a short paper in Dutch that explains the general concept and applies it to learning. Finally, there is a reworked version in English – with many thanks to Martin Wolpers and Martin Memmel for their feedback and input!
The essence is hopefully captured in the following section:
In the same way that all snowflakes in a snowstorm are unique, each user has her specific characteristics, restrictions and interests. That is why we speak of a “snowflake effect”, to indicate that, more and more, the aforementioned facilities will be relied upon to realize far-reaching forms of personalization and “mass customization”. This effect will be realized through a hybrid approach with push and pull techniques, in which information is actively requested or searched by the user, but also more and more subtly integrated in his work and learning environment. In this way, a learning environment can be created that is geared to the individual needs of the teacher or student.
Your comments and feedback – here or in the wiki – are MUCH appreciated! We will be expanding this paper and have plans for A Book or Some Other Substantial Form for this and would love to make this more of a collaborative effort…