Co-Learn (Collaborative Learning)
   

Co-learn is a computer software package that facilitates and enables users to navigate around a range of tools and processes. It is intended to be a meta-tool, implemented as a software interface and navigation aid for a suite of computer-based learning support tools. It seeks to support adaptive and collaborative management (ACM) of natural resources by helping people to enjoy learning processes in groups.

This tool uses the metaphor of a map with bus routes that present to the users several options and aids to getting from any point in an abstract management landscape to another, by a route that the users select themselves. Because Co-Learn is a map on a computer, we can make the map interactive allowing the user to access resources-information (e.g. manuals, guides, anecdotes/experiences, etc.) and tools (software such as The Bridge, CIMAT, SSI etc.) that would make their journey easier and more likely to be successful.

Co-Learn is intended to be used by both participants in group learning processes, as a navigation aid, and by facilitators of such processes for planning, technical support and record keeping. The present version is a full-fledged 'proof of concept' demonstrator released explicitly for evaluation.

Download the sample of Co-Learn (Zip format, 8.5MB)

All comments and suggestions are welcome. Please contact Ravi Prabhu (r.prabhu@cgiar.org) or colearn.support@cgiar.org.

If you want to get a copy (CD plus manual and complete electronic papers), please contact Rahayu Koesnadi (r.koesnadi@cgiar.org).

* CIMAT stands for Criteria and Indicators Modification and Adaptation Tool.
* SSI stands for Standard Setting Instrument.


The Bridge Software

Co-Learn package contains a visioning tool called The Bridge Software.

The purpose of "The Bridge" is to help people express a vision in a strutured way si that it is easy to use as the basis for devising new strategies for action. It is a simple compute-based knowledge management tool. From the users' point of view it involves a series of interactions or dialogues which each elicit a part of their vision, gradually building up the whole picture.

After eliciting the vision, a series of steps help users to transform their vision into a conceptual diagram representing their strategy for achieving their desired future. The diagram will express linkages between elements of the vision, and will help with exploration of how the strategy will bring about the changes needed. The visioning tool will also help lessons learned through the diagram to feed back into original vision.

"The Bridge" as a computer-based tool for expressing a vision and converting it into the basis of a simulation model involves:

  1. basic question on context, such as main resources, location, vision, etc.;
  2. generating a description of present and future in terms of a set of key indicators;
  3. identifying strength, weakness, opportunities, threats and strategies to achieve the vision and thinking about links between them and the indicators;
  4. transforming the vision into a basic systems dynamic model;
  5. adapting the vision through feedback.
Download The Bridge (Zip format, 4.4MB)

Note:

You can transform the model built in The Bridge into .sml format of Simile. Simile is a software for computer simulation of complex dynamic systems in the earth, environmental and life sciences. You can get a free edition of Simile at http://simulistics.com