Swarm Learning: Complex Adaptive Syllabus (CAS) — Fall 2020
The purpose of the CAS is to provide a deeper understanding of the structure of my teaching methodology and how this course will be conducted.
The following textbook is required (it was not available until recently). I know it is expensive, but it is required for this course. Please go to the following link to purchase a copy of the textbook:
For those of you thinking of immediately dropping this course, I suggest you visit the Swarm Learning (SL) Facebook Group and visit with former students. There are no tests in this course and you have the freedom to complete assignments as they post. If you do the work (and especially if you write a good blog), then you will pass this class (likely with an “A”).
Swarm Learning (SL) is a teaching philosophy and methodology where students provide continuous feedback to change a class while in progress — where the feedback changes how students learn concepts but does not change the concepts they must learn — in order to teach students how to think, not what to think — where the overarching intent is to facilitate a fast transfer of learning.
“To the future students of Dr. Jamie Schwandt, I say to you, with Swarm Learning, you can ask Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How and find the answers you’re looking for. Participate. Collaborate. Ask questions. Get answers. Repeat!” — Josefina Howard, FHSU student Fall 2019, from What I Learned from Swarm Learning
Connect with me on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamieschwandt/
Dr. Jamie Schwandt can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org
This schedule is tentative and might change during the semester depending on how the course evolves. The content is subject to change depending on students’ interests and progress. Students will be notified of the changes through announcements sent via e-mail and announcements via Blackboard. If time is mentioned in the course, it refers to Central Time Zone.
Assessment and Grading
Grades will be recorded in Blackboard.
Types of Assignments
A Knowledge Trail (KT) is similar to a concept map.
A Feedback Trail (FT) is similar to a KT. It provides feedback to the group and the instructor.
An Essay/Blog Map (EM) is also similar to a KT. However, it helps students craft one fantastic essay or blog. You can view more student map examples by visiting the SL Wiki (click student maps).
At the end of each assignment, you will complete a survey via SurveyMonkey.
Blog and SL Facebook Group Extra Credit
You can earn 150 extra credit points for publishing a blog instead of an essay.
In addition, the first student to post an assignment will earn 10 extra credit points. For example, the first student to post and share KT1 will earn 10 extra credit points. The first student to post and share KT2 will earn 10 extra credit points.
As of 16 Aug 2020, 51 students have published blogs. You can view each student blog here (or click Student Writing on the Swarm Learning Wiki): https://www.jamieschwandt.com/copy-of-swarm-learning-writing
Students will earn 10 extra credit points for posting and discussing their assignments in the SL Facebook Group. In the group, you will find former students, current students, and experts. This group will be a definite go-to for those of you thinking of immediately dropping.
Required Textbooks and Supplementary Reading
HHP 630 Required Textbooks:
Swarm Learning: Teaching How to Think, Not What to Think in Health and Human Performance
Healthcare Management: Organizational Design and Behavior, 6th edition
I recommend the following books as they will allow you to dive deeper into each concept. You are not required to purchase them.
*Some of the following books and documents can be read for free.
- Flock Not Clock by Derek and Laura Cabrera.
- Systems Thinking Made Simple by Derek and Laura Cabrera.
- Thinking at Every Desk by Derek and Laura Cabrera.
- The Cartoon Guide to Statistics by Larry Gonick.
- Online Statistics Education: An Interactive Multimedia Course of Study developed by Rice University, University of Houston Clear Lake, and Tufts University.
- Systems Thinking for Health Systems Strengthening published by the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Design Unbound (volume 1 & 2) by Ann Pendleton-Julian and John Seely Brown.
- Design in Nature by Adrian Bejan and J. Peder Zane.
- The Pyramid Principle by Barbara Minto — or use the following free handout: The Pyramid Principle Handout.
- The Red Team Handbook: The Army’s Guide To Making Better Decisions published by the University of Foreign Military Cultural Studies (UFMCS).
- The Art of Reasoning by David Kelley.
- The Logical Structure of Objectivism by William Thomas and David Kelley.
- Awareness and Action: A General Semantics Approach to Effective Language Behavior by Mary P. Lahman.
- Raising the Bar by Don Vandergriff.
- Maneuver Warfare Handbook by William S. Lind.
Course Flow: How to Complete Your First Assignment
Step #1. From Blackboard, click Start Here. From there you can view the Traditional Syllabus, the Complex Adaptive Syllabus (CAS), and the Class WordPress Site. You will receive an e-mail invite to the Class WordPress Site. The site can be found at https://ltblogs.fhsu.edu/hhp630fall20/
The Traditional Syllabus can be found on Google Docs. It can also be viewed in the Class WordPress Site.
Step #2. From the Class WordPress Site, click the Syllabus & How-To Video. After you read and watch the video, view the other websites, such as: Swarm Learning Wiki, Miro (Student Account), and Other Programs. However, at this point, you only need to sign-up for your Plectica (FHSU Promo) account. You can also see information for each assignment (as they post) in Modules. Sign-up for your Plectica account using your FHSU student e-mail account (don’t forget your password — and you must use your FHSU student e-mail at the Promo link). You will then need to remember your password and use your FHSU e-mail for all logins.
Click and watch the Plectica Introduction video.
Step #3. Click Modules (or find and click on Dr. Schwandt’s name), Introduction, KT1. Watch the KT1 How-To Video then complete your first assignment.
Don’t panic, watch the how-to video, and interact with your peers and experts on the SL Facebook Group. If you do those three things, then you will be just fine.
I will conclude with a message to you from a former student.
“Message to new students: The first couple weeks are going to feel like a confused, hot mess. My best advice is to jump in headfirst. Forget about a life vest, prior swimming skills, or even to keep your head above water. Jump in and give it a try. You will feel much better afterwards. The beauty of Dr. Schwandt’s class is that there are no right or wrong answers, only your reasoning. It’s going to feel weird, strange, frustrating (insert your own term). That is okay. That is how it is supposed to feel. You have to move outside your comfort zone to experience true learning. The classes might not teach what you think you are going to learn, but what you do learn is so much more than you could ever imagine. Much more than what is listed in the class curriculum. Because what you learn is not something dictated by a professor to fulfill a curriculum, but rather information that you, as an individual, needed to learn about yourself and society. At the end you will be left with a sense of accomplishment and a deeper understanding of both yourself and society. But you must take the first step.” — Anni Satterfield, FHSU student Fall 2018