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Swarm Learning: Teaching Students How to Think, Not What to Think (Textbook)

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Swarm Learning (SL)

Seeks to use continuous student feedback to incrementally change a class over time that fits the needs of the students.  Its mission is to teach students how to think, not what to think.

SL Principles

Ubiquity, mobility, adaptability, fluidity, autonomy, ambiguity, and collaboration. 

SL Rules (Look then See)

Rule #1. Pay Attention. Students must be actively looking and seeing.
Rule #2. Remember. Students must remember what they are learning.
Rule #3. Pattern-Matching. Students must retain what they learned by creating pattern-matches in their mind. To do this, students must immediately apply what they have learned.

Elements of SL

#1. Hecastics (Function): What’s the intended effect?


Assignments: KT, FT, EM, SC, Essay/Blog​

Plectica Reference Material Master Map

Cognitive Jigs

#2. Bionomics (Form): What’s the structure?

Blackboard: SL Summer 2020 (Tests & Measurements)

Class WordPress Site: SL Summer 2020

Other Class WordPress Sites:

Fall 2020 (HHP: 630)

Summer 2020 (HHP: 340)

Casey (INF)

Spring 2020 (HHP: 630 & HHP: 340)

Fall 2019 (HHP: 630)

Summer 2019 (HHP: 340)

Spring 2019 (HHP: 630)

Spring 2019 (HHP: 340)

Loomio Class Site

Fall 2018 (HHP: 630)

FHSU Archive

SL Facebook Group

Key Programs to gain access to: 

Plectica (FHSU Promo)

Miro (Student Account)







GoExplore ACH

#3. Diathetics (Logic and Ideas – Fit): Does it make sense? Does it all “fit” together.

Complex Adaptive Syllabus (CAS)

-SL Fall 2020

-SL Summer 2020

-SL Spring 2020

-SL Fall 2019

Thesis Generator

Swarm Problem-Solving (SEE diagram) in Miro

List of Logical Fallacies from Purdue University Writing Lab

Required and Recommended Books / Reading

Required: Swarm Learning Textbook

Recommended: Flock Not Clock: Align people, processes, and systems to achieve your visionSystems Thinking Made Simple: New Hope for Solving Wicked ProblemsThinking at Every Desk: Four Simple Skills to Transform Your Classroom; Design Unbound: Volume 1 and Volume 2;  Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organizations; Cynefin and Complexity: A Gentle Introduction (SlideShare); Cynefin in an Agile World (SlideShare)The Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing and Thinking; Pyramid Principle pdf;  The Red Team Handbook v9.0The Art of Reasoning: An Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking (Fourth Edition); The Logical Structure of Objectivism pdf; Awareness and Action: General Semantics pdfManeuver Warfare Handbook (Westview Special Studies in Military Affairs); Complete Collection of Cognitive Jigs; The Logical Thinking Process: A Systems Approach to Complex Problem Solving

Tests & Measurements

Online State Book (website)

-Recommended: Measurement by the Physical Educator: Why and How, 7th Edition;  The Cartoon Guide to Statistics​

Administration in Healthcare

-Systems Thinking for Health Systems Strengthening published by the World Health Organization (WHO) pdf

-WHO Systems Thinking web annex: Evaluation of interventions with system-wide effects in
developing countries: an exploratory review 

-WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (website)

-Recommended: Health Care Management: Organizational Design and Behavior (6th Edition)

The Chicago Manual of Style - Citation Guide

Student Writing

Student Maps

Common Ground

-Common Ground for Action - How To Participate

-National Issues Forum (NIF) Framework for Deliberation

Working Dashboards

Miro Dashboard

Feedback and End of Course Evaluation

Survey Monkey Dashboard

Feedback Indicator

Instructor Eval Homepage


Evaluation link: Spring 2020

Class Certification

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Need for Cognitive Closure

Google Sheets Survey Link

Summer 2020 NFCC


Dr. Schwandt Teaching Map

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