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Swarm Learning: Teaching How to Think, Not What to Think in Health and Human Performance

Author(s): Jamie Schwandt

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2020

Pages: 150

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Swarm Learning (SL) is not just about knowing the theory behind something, but also understanding how the theory applies to life. SL is both a teaching philosophy and teaching methodology, meaning it has a why, what, and how. This book will outline for readers why they are learning about SL, what SL is, and how to use the methodology. It is organized using the principle of meta-learning in the form of a spiral, beginning with the foreword as the origin, followed by subsequent chapters serving as logical entry points along the spiral.

This book does not have to be read linearly and can be read from any entry point along the spiral. It has been split into two parts: Part 1 presents the reader with the why and the what— Part 2 presents the how.

 

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Foreword
How to Read this Book

Part 1: “Why?” & “What?”
Preface
Swarming the Education System by Daniel Capul

Chapter 1: The World of Swarm
Overview
1.1 Change, Adapt, and Evolve (CAE)
1.2 Desire Path
1.3 Stretching the Mind
1.4 The Logic of Swarm Learning
1.5 Hick’s Law: T = b × log2(n+1)
1.6 Simplification Triangle
1.7 Swarm Learning is a Living Thing
1.8 Amoeba Questions
1.9 Meta-Questions

Chapter 2: What is Swarm Learning?
Overview 2.1 Systems Thinking
2.2 Constructal Law
2.3 Feedback and Elements of a Feedback Loop
2.4 Learning Transfer
2.5 Swarm Transfer Triangle
2.6 Intellectual Innovation: Swarm Learning Guidance Systems

Chapter 3: VMCL
Overview
3.1 Vision
3.2 Mission
3.3 Capacity
3.4 Learning
3.5 Removing Barriers to Learning

Chapter 4: The Philosophy, Principles, and Rules of Swarm Learning
Overview
4.1 Tandem Running
4.2 Principles of Swarm Learning
4.3 Rules of Swarm Learning
4.4 Emergence
4.5 Stigmergic Systems
4.6 Spontaneous Learning

Chapter 5: Assessment Methods in Swarm Learning
Overview
5.1 Structure of Knowledge
5.2 Teaching Students How to Think, Not What to Think
5.3 Objectives and Key Results (OKR)
5.4 Outcomes-Based Training and Education (OBT&E)
5.5 Observe-Orient-Decide-Act (OODA) Loop

Part 2: “How?”
Chapter 6: Elements of Swarm Learning
Overview
6.1 Form follows Function (Except in Evolution!)
6.2 Hecastics
6.3 Bionomics
6.4 Diathetics

Chapter 7: Learning to SEE
Overview
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Sense–Estimate–Establish (SEE)
7.3 Swarm Thinking: A Connection to Reality

Chapter 8: Teaching How to Think
Overview
8.1 Challenging Theories
8.2 Critical Thinking Habits
8.3 Deliberative Forum
8.4 Domains of Knowledge
8.5 Knowledge Transfer

Chapter 9: Multiple Perspectives of Swarm Learning
Overview
9.1 A Culture of Learning by Donald Vandergriff—Author of Adopting Mission Command: Developing Leaders for a Superior Command Culture
9.2 What I Learned from Swarm Learning by Josefina Howard—Fort Hays State University Student Fall 2019
9.3 Applying Swarm Learning in the Professional World by MSG Anthony Livernois—United States Army Reserve
9.4 Swarm Learning by Wesley Cooper—Fort Hays State University Student Spring 2019
9.5 The Need to Evolve: Why the Army’s Current Methods Fail and Where Swarm Learning Can Help by CPT Kevin Christensen—United States Army Reserve
9.6 Swarm Learning, the OODA Loop, and the National Defense by Dan Grazier—Jack Shanahan Military Fellow, Center for Defense Information Straus Military Reform Project
9.7 Swarm Learning: Seeing a New World by Nathan Dooley—Fort Hays State University Student Spring 2018 and Fall 2019
9.8 Swarm Learning: Where the Teacher and Student Learn Together by Robert Ruder— Adjunct Faculty Member, School of Business Administration, Gonzaga University 9.9 Ambiguity is My Friend by Anni Satterfield—Fort Hays State University Student Fall 2018
9.10 Addicted to Feedback by Wade Kennedy—Fort Hays State University Student Spring 2020
9.11 Swarm Learning: Preparing Students for the Journey of Life by Dr. Seth Kastle— Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, Fort Hays State University
9.12 Swarm Learning: A Willingness to Put Imperfect Thoughts and Ideas into Reality by Casey King—LifeCoder & Blogger
9.13 Red Teaming: A Key Enabler for Educators Employing Swarm Learning by Dr. Rob McClary— Lead Instructor at UFMCS Red Team School & Creator of the Innovative Leader Course

Afterword
About the Author
Appendix: Available on the Swarm Learning Wiki
Appendix A: Definitions and Glossary
Appendix B: SPSM Tools
Appendix C: Sample Maps/Trails
Appendix D: Student Writing
Endnotes

Jamie Schwandt

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