How could we use Swarm Learning in administration in health care or health and human performance?

The concept of Swarm Learning was intriguing to me at first. I was not sure what I was dipping my toes into and was quite unsure about this new form of thinking. After learning more about the philosophy and “rules” of swarm learning, I am now thinking, why haven’t we been using this all along?

Swarm learning is a new, unique, and different approach to thinking and finding the “solution” to a problem. This technique helps break down problems and allows us to look at things from a different perspective. Administration in the health and human performance field would greatly benefit from rethinking problems and different concepts. Administrative duties require someone who is a problem solver and critical thinker and this approach to solving problems supports that.

Swarm learning takes away the “going in circles” loop that we can get stuck in with the same old traditional thinking, leading us to no new ideas or results. Knowledge Trails are a great way for someone in an administrative position to follow their flow of thinking and the their thought process that could take them in a more thought out conclusion.

Swarm learning is a great opportunity for administrators to get away from contemporary education and lean into creative thinking and allowing the mind to process the way it wants to. Traditional learning guides students (or anyone) in a specific direction, not allowing them to think or learn for themselves. Using Swarm Learnings methods would greatly benefit the field of health and human performance and those who are in critical thinking positions.

Any administrative position would benefit greatly from using swarm learnings concepts. When first looking at a problem you need to stop and determine what the problem is exactly you then see what the problem is. This allows us to not only notice there is a problem occurring but also see where the problem is coming from. I like to look at it as taking a step back. Realizing there is a problem and before jumping into it, you take a step back to look at it as a whole and allow your mind to take you in whatever direction it decides to.

The greatest thing about this is that it allows you to think more freely and lets your mind go in the direction it wants to go in. We’ve been so conditioned to think one specific way and follow one path with our thoughts. The beauty in swarm learning is that it teaches us to follow all of our different thought paths. The way I personally think has been changed forever, I will continue to take many different aspects of swarm learning into my everyday life. I will continue to use Plectica mapping to map out my thoughts through knowledge trails when I am stuck on a problem. Instead of throwing my hands up after getting stuck looking at it in just one way, I will write every possible thought I have one the matter out and start branching off from there. Going into a problem thinking there is not one solution or wrong answer is what is key to opening our minds and swarm learning has allowed me to do that. In my professional life in HHP I will bring this along with me and help guide others explore their thought process!


Schwandt, J. (2020) Swarm Learning: Teaching Students How To Think, Not What To Think In Health And Human Performance. 1st ed. Dubuque: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

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