Organize to Learn
is an open curating and learning platform that encourages learners and educators to collect, archive and organize learning materials. By sequencing resources in various ways that make sense to themselves and others learners, Rhizr users are conducting active learning simultaneously.
This process of organizing to learn on Rhizr echoes chunking theory in cognitive science. The chunking model is developed to explain observed performance differences between expert and novice learners. Experts are able to identify key issues of problems using perceptual cues and come up with potential solutions quickly. This is because experts have sorted many (learning) scenarios and cases into chunks, and have organized these chunks into structures that allow them to retrieve effectively and efficiently when needed (Bransford et al. 2000
; Gobet, 2005
points out that using diffuse mode of thinking
can help learners connect chunks together in new ways to solve unfamiliar or novel problems.
presented several implications of the chunking model for education. For educators, presenting learning materials of the right size and difficulty will help students better understand these resources and gain perceptual chunks needed for the learning tasks at hand. In addition, right ordering will help direct learners’ attention to major features of learning materials and problems.
Archiving, chunking and sequencing play a significant role in our daily learning. How educators and learners can use open learning, curating and archiving tools such as Rhizr to present learning materials and how such process can enhance learning deserve further investigation.