Swarm Learning Wiki

What is 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.


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


Swarm Learning (SL) App

SL Presentations

Swarm Learning FHSU Presentation (Read)

Swarm Learning FHSU Presentation (Watch)

Swarm Learning Hoshin Kanri X-Matrix (Presentation)

SL Principles

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

SL Rules (Change, Adapt, Evolve)

Rule #1. Provide boundaries for students to create within. This is the "What"... not what to think but the concept(s).
Rule #2. Empower students to think and develop the "How".
Rule #3. Examine the body of work... look at how the student got to their answer instead of focusing on the answer.

Rule #4. Use student feedback to make immediate changes. Then repeat.

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)

Summer 2020

Fall 2020

Spring 2021

Loomio Class Site

Fall 2018 (HHP: 630)

FHSU Archive

SL Facebook Group

Key Programs to gain access to: 

Plectica (FHSU Promo)


Plectica (Beta)

Miro (Student Account)

Cabrera Research Lab

Thinkquiry (Plectica)

Thinkquiry (CRL)

Cabrera Research Lab (CRL) Tools






GoExplore ACH




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

Complex Adaptive Syllabus (CAS)

-Spring 2021

-SL Fall 2020

-SL Summer 2020

-SL Spring 2020

-SL Fall 2019

Thesis Generator

Required and Recommended Books / Reading

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)

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)

Analytics and Decision Support (textbook)

Instructor Home

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