In my opinion the concept of flow is very powerful and can reap great rewards for both learning practitioner and learner.
So what is flow ? According to Csikszentmihalyi, 1990 flow is:
An activity that may lead to an optimal experience must be done for the satisfaction of the activity itself; the person must be motivated intrinsically to do the activity, or autotelic, literally meaning self-goal (Csikszentmihalyi 1990). In addition to being autotelic, the activity must challenge and require skill, merge action and awareness, provide feedback, and require full concentration on the task at hand. The person experiencing flow will have clear goals, exercise control, lose their self consciousness, and experience a distortion of time (Csikszentmihalyi 1990, Cited in Finneran & Zhang, 2002).
I first found this concept while reading for an MA in marketing management, at the time my focus was on digital marketing I am now looking at the application of this idea in learning, particularly in computer mediated environments.
There are often times I’ve experienced this flow, as a learner and a teacher but the question is how do I recreate it and generate it for others at will in a consistent way.
From now on my goal is to create this flow in my learning but there are many challenges, time, resources, organisational culture are some of the issues.
Are you designing with flow in mind, what results are you experiencing?