I have just revisited the article by Bigum and Rowan titled Ladders, learning and lessons from Charlie: exploring the potential of public click pedagogy. I must say on a second read I found the concept of Wittgenstein’s ladder particularly interesting when it comes to my own learning and teaching. I identify with the concept that as you move up the ladder the bottom rungs fall away. This for me is particularly interesting when I consider the courses I co-ordinate and who has written them. They are written by experts, so are there gaps? are the students missing rungs? something for me to explore further.
I was also fascinated by the notion of learning that has been tidied, missing the messiness of learning and therefore students may feel that rungs of the ladder are missing (Bigum& Rowan 2014). While in this course I have definitely engaged in the messiness of learning at times I do feel like I am missing rungs on the ladder or patches in the quilt. I suspect this is due to my novice level of knowledge when I came into the course particularly when it come to the online tools but I also wonder how many of my students feel like this.
I also wonder if the analogy of a quilt with missing pieces may be more appropriate for my situation as learning is not always linear and perhaps i am piecing together bits of knowledge to create a quilt that I can wrap myself in.
Bigum, C., & Rowan, L. (2013). Ladders, Learning and Lessons from Charlie: exploring the potential of public click pedagogy (No. 2).