The Heutagogic Archives provides comment on various aspects of 21st Century Learning from the perspective of the Learner-Generated Contexts Research Group. They are written by fred garnett (at gmail) and are sometimes complemented by comments from some of the others in that loose affiliation.
The title comes from the Open Context Model of Learning, our view of a post web 2.0 pedagogy which incorporates the heutagogic playing with form, based on andragogic collaboration, that allows us to create something new; innovatively opening up possibilities for new futures; what we call the PAH Continuum, best discussed in the Craft of Teaching 2011. We would like to see learner-centred co-creation processes driving the education system.
The Archive conceit of the blog title comes from my belief that “Heritage” offers us the radical option of unlocking the treasure of cultures and national archives so that by using our folk memories (badly or neotonously) we might build the local future that we want to live in; a better form of a knowledge economy than government policies offer. So The Heutagogic Archives exist as a record of the present to be rediscovered in the future; digitally buried in the consensual hallucination by which we now live. They might be retrieved by us in the future to better understand how we made that future, for good or evil, but the future is a place we should be building.
The Open Context Model of Learning was developed collaboratively online and represents a pedagogy, well a continuum of learning possibilities, for use in learning in a post-web 2.0 world, taking user-generated content as a given but based on; co-creation, collaboration, subject understanding and creativity which enable new forms of consensual understanding and change. At Open Learn 2007 John Seeley Brown said “this is the most exciting thing happening in England! Why haven’t I heard of it?” Well this is the presentation that excited him so much, and which provides the basis for some of the ideas behind this blog; enjoy and comment
Rose Luckin’s book Redesigning Learning Contexts was published on April 8th 2010 by Routledge. Rose is Professor of Learner-Centred Design at the London Knowledge Lab and the book develops her idea of learning with an “Ecology of Resources,” referenced in the OL presentation above, into a toolkit using Participatory Design for future educators. Available at Amazon, cheaper on Kindle.
I have written a freely available set of stories called 63/68 A Visceral History, which Ronan O’Beirne describes as “pre-theory,” about how I became a heutagogic learner by failing at school whilst the schools failed me. So read the novelisation of the academic theory here. Or read some of the stories with the theory added back in on 9 after 909.
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