Heutagogy Conference 2014 – London June 6th

Filed Under (Events, General, OpenSource) by ronan on 13-05-2014

Been busy organising this event…




  2014 Heutagogy Conference

Linking Heutagogy with Learning for the 21st century

A One Day event to be held on 6th June 2014
VENUE confirmed In London, WC1N 3QS, UK at the London Knowledge Lab (LKL)

9:00 Welcome & Introduction to the day: presenting the context of
Heutagogy (Fred Garnett/ Ronan O’Beirne organisers)

Morning theme; How helpful is the theory of heutagogy?

9:30 Keynote; Stewart Hase “Heutagogy; contributing to an educational revolution?” Followed by plenary discussion to identify HnS workshop themes. (30mins & 15mins plenary)

10:15 Hope ‘n’ Space workshop: to provide a question or an answer for
the discussion e.g. “A heutagogy toolbox for the 21st Century learning”
(tea and coffee free flowing) (group chairs to be identified in discussion)

11:30 Feedback from workshops – curated by Fred Garnett (&CC after)

12:00 Pecha Kucha – randomly chosen (6min 40s each maximum) all
audio recorded (all attendees invited to present a PK).

13:00 Lunch

Afternoon theme; How helpful is the practice of heutagogy?

14:00 Show and Tell of Practical Heutagogy: Heutagogy projects on display. Convivial Camera, Raspberry Pi/Wyliodrin, Soundwalk, WikiQuals, Digital/Analogue integration, Learning Planet, iPad Art, Open Sqolars, Silicon Skills, Hub Westminster, Transition Councils, Recipe Walks, Social Reporting, OpenRSA, Open Institutes…

16:00 Show and Tell plenary. What is Practical Heutagogy?

16:15 Heutagogy-­enabled policy for the 21st Century; Nigel Ecclesfield

16.30 Plenary 21st Century Education; what’s missing from this picture?

BOOKINGS will open soon – watch this space 
for more information please contact
Key People:
Monika Barton – Prague (organizer of last years – 2013 conference)
Lisa Marie Blaschke – Stuttgart (key speaker at 2013 conference)
Bernard Bull – Wisconsin US (enthusiast keen to help organize 2014 conference)
Fred Garnett – London (enthusiast keen to be involved in 2014 conference)
Stewart Hase – Sydney (organizer and be involved in 2014 conference)
Ronan O’Beirne – Bradford (organizer and be involved in 2014 conference)


SEE ALSO The Heutagogic Archives


Structuring Knowledge: New visions for higher education

Filed Under (Events, General, OpenSource, Research, Technology Reviews) by ronan on 26-06-2012

Yesterday I attended the Society for Research into Higher Education conference at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. The three main speakers were excellent and the debates which followed each presentation were engaging and thought-provoking.

Ron Barnett who talked about structuring knowledge in an Age of Non-Structure made some enlightening assertions about the use (or lack of use) of the imagination as a key aspect of student life and more importantly a key aspect of critical thinking.

Tina Besley all the way from the University of Waikato, tackled the fairly controversial area of academic entrepreneurship – but not as I had expected from the “academic capitalism” position of Slaughter but from a new perspective of social and networked creativity that encourages new imaginative and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. She also teased the audience with some exciting images of Bangkok university’s new and slightly off-the-wall building programme – more of which I will post later.

Michael A Peters – of Open Science Economy fame treated us to an entertaining and wide-ranging overview of “openness” as a political economic and social concept. He was of particular interest to me because he had an inherent appreciation of the “library” and “librarianship” in all that is currently happening. He mentioned of course open access publishing and scholarly activity – but also noted the importance of metadata and nodded enthusiastically towards the future with references to the semantic web and quantum information theory.  I found his “informaticisation of biology” and his “biologisisation of information” to be an intriguing juxtaposition.

A very good day spent debating theories of knowledge in nice surroundings – well done SRHE for organising this pity I could only stay for the first day.

The Tower and The Cloud

Filed Under (Built Learning Environments, General, OpenSource) by elearning4bradford on 21-04-2009

The link to “Readings” at the top of this blog page takes you to stuff I’m reading – however, so enthused am I by this recent publication, I decided it merited a post of its own. Cloud computing is the biggest new thing that will happen to IT departments in learning institutions for a long while. To get an overview and clear perspective of the issues I recommend The Tower and the Cloud.

The blurb reads:
“The emergence of the networked information economy is unleashing two powerful forces. On one hand, easy access to high-speed networks is empowering individuals. People can now discover and consume information resources and services globally from their homes. Further, new social computing approaches are inviting people to share in the creation and edification of information on the Internet. Empowerment of the individual—or consumerization—is reducing the individual’s reliance on traditional brick-and-mortar institutions in favor of new and emerging virtual ones. Second, ubiquitous access to high-speed networks along with network standards, open standards and content, and techniques for virtualizing hardware, software, and services is making it possible to leverage scale economies in unprecedented ways. What appears to be emerging is industrial-scale computing—a standardized infrastructure for delivering computing power, network bandwidth, data storage and protection, and services. Consumerization and industrialization beg the question “Is this the end of the middle?”; that is, what will be the role of “enterprise” IT in the future? Indeed, the bigger question is what will become of all of our intermediating institutions? This volume examines the impact of IT on higher education and on the IT organization in higher education.”

Read a pdf version of the book HERE

Using the WorldCat citation service the full bibliographic details are:
KATZ, R. N. (2008). The tower and the cloud: higher education in the age of cloud computing. [Boulder, CO], EDUCAUSE.

What are days for?

Filed Under (OpenSource) by elearning4bradford on 04-11-2008

plone logo

We use Plone to run our College Website – Content Management System. For some reason I find the concept of a World Plone Day amusing and at the same time mildly uplifting. Perhaps this is what days are for – many people have wondered……
What are days for?
Days are where we live.
They come, they wake us
Time and time over.
They are to be happy in:
here can we live but days?

Ah, solving that question
Brings the priest and the doctor
In their long coats
Running over the fields.
Philip Larkin – Poet (and Librarian Hull University)

Linux in London

Filed Under (OpenSource) by elearning4bradford on 04-11-2008

I attended the LinuxLive Expo at the Olympia in London on 24th of October. It was a well arranged event with lots of exhibitors and much to interest. I managed to understand a lot more about Ubuntu, Joomla, Debian and Fedora!

The wider implications and methodology of deploying OpenSource solutions within a College of 23,000 students have yet to be explored in full but the potential in terms of the robustness of these solutions and their growing support base seem to indicate thta this is possible. I was pleased to see some headway had been made in education terms, for example a version of the European Computer Driving License (ECDL) was now available for OpenOffice whereas previously it had only had an MS focus. At Bradford College we use some OpenSource solutions; Plone to power our website albeit rather ineffectively at the moment and of course we use Moodle as our VLE together with ELGG and Mahara as e-portfolio solutions.

I made some excellent contacts so watch this space for more on OpenSource and a trailblazing experiment from Learning Resources!