Who We Are

The Education for Development and Support Network (EDSN) is an association of PlexLearning Research-to-Practice-Partnerships (RPP) for long-term community engagements that bridge workforce quality-of-life development gaps between formal education, Informal Learning, and meaningful vocations.

We are a workforce quality-of-life development network of highly motivated Shared Interest Community (SIC) groups.   We work in trusted neighborhood spaces with program capacity for jumpstarting and shepherding projects to sustainability, in ways that reduce economic entrapment and chronic helplessness.   Our RPP programs promote deeply collaborative dialogues among small SIC groups.   In these dialogues we leverage PlexLearning analytics for personal education development, reinvestment, continuous improvement, and community engagement towards long-term economic and social sustainability.

We are enablers of access to privileges Technologies offer.   Our computer labs and technical-literacy program centers specializes in open-source PlexLearning development.   Our peer reviewed, and high quality, applications promote a culture of enterprising education that advances local, long-term economic interests and promote living fulfilling lives in neighborhood communities.   EDSN’s neighborhood program centers enable people at different stages of life, career, and vocation to stay relevant and productively engaged with their local communities.

We are PlexLearning career gateways and academic bridge programs.   From the individual learner’s view, PlexLearning is a systemic framework that converge K-12 and Higher Education.   The framework employs an education methodology for using learning objects and Data Science to marshal Data Science and Intelligent Technologies (IT) as authorized actors in the creation, conveyance, and use of knowledge with learners as their principals.   PlexLearning component methods, delivery systems, analytics processes and tools are collectively called PlexLearning education.

We are managers of workforce collaboratives and local neighborhood entrepreneurial philanthropy.   Our trusted program spaces and RPPs allow small neighborhood SIC groups to coalesce around important development issues, (reinvestment, continuous improvement, staying relevant, cost sharing, and long-term economic opportunities) not available if group members were working separately.   Benefits from these centers include access to: marketing; purchasing; research; social agency; proximal learning; counter-party oversight and other professional resources.   Group benefits also include development of effective governance and local leadership for, among other functions, managing collective protection against what neighborhood SIC groups view as predatory agency, economic entrapment, and hostile prejudices.

You can do better with EDSN…

If you or someone you know is highly motivated about using Intelligent Technologies (IT) to bridge gaps between formal education, Informal Learning, Life and Living, then contact us to learn how EDSN could be an effective cost-sharing Research-to-Practice-Partner (RPP) for your neighborhood group, local organization, or business.

(1) Gateway programs to higher education, careers, and vocations;

(2) Financial education, application and support program;

(3) Food security and diversity program;

(4) Community engagement Internships & fellow programs;

(5) Entrepreneurial philanthropy and cost-sharing programs;

(6) Cultural and environmental awareness programs.

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PlexLearning is a hybrid of machine learning and education methodologies for using learning objects and data sciences to marshal Intelligent Technologies (IT) as authorized actors in the creation, conveyance, and use of knowledge with individual learners as their principals.
The enterprise of PlexLearning component methods: learning analytics; infrastructure; delivery systems; philosophy; ways of knowing; machine learning; evolving processes; learner agents and knowledge objects are collectively referred to as PlexLearning education.
PlexLearning education creates, transmits, and uses knowledge to fill personal workforce quality-of-life development gaps in our continuous, and enterprising, struggles toward purposeful lives, becoming better neighbors, and responsible stewards of environments in which we find ourselves.
From the individual learner’s view, PlexLearning is a systemic framework that converge K-12 and Higher Education.
Theoretical framework is based on elements from selected works, which include but not limited to, the philosopher John Dewey; R. Buckminster Fuller; E. F. Schumacher's work in Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered; David Colander and Roland Kupers in Complexity and the Art of Public Policy: Solving Society's Problems from the Bottom Up; and Hernando De Soto in The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else.