San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Open Education: Condition Critical
A panel exploring opportunities to critically and creatively
experiment with different ideas of what the university and education can be
Thursday November 20th 4:30-6:30pm
Sean Dockray (The Public School) - via Skype
Richard Hall (De Montfort University Leicester)
Shaun Hides (Coventry University)
Sharon Irish (University of Illinois/FemTechNet) - via Skype
Pauline van Mourik Broekman (Mute)
What for decades could only be dreamt of is now almost within reach: the widespread provision of free online education, regardless of a student’s geographic location, financial status or ability to access conventional institutions of learning. Yet for all the hype-cycle that has been entered into over MOOCs, many experiments with Open Education (OE) do not appear to be designed to challenge the becoming business of the university or alter Higher Education in any really fundamental way. If anything, they seem more likely to lead to a two-tier system, in which those who can’t afford to pay (so much) to attend a traditional university, or belong to those groups who prefer not to move away from home (e.g. lower-income families), have to make do with a poor, online, second-rate alternative education produced by a global corporation.
Open Education: Condition Critical will thus examine some of the opportunities that exist for experimenting, critically and creatively, with very different ideas of what the university and education can be in the 21st century. In doing so, rather than focusing on the 2012 batch of extremely publicity-savvy xMOOCs (Edx, Udacity, FutureLearn etc.), it will draw attention to a range of more radical developments in the Open Education arena. They include The Public School, FemTechNet’s DOCCs (Distributed Open Collaborative Courses), the self-organised ‘free universities’ associated with the Occupy, anti-austerity and student protests, and even so-called ‘pirate’ libraries such as libgen.org and aaaaarg.org.
Open Education: Condition Critical Mute Publishing as a critical experiment with both collaborative, processual writing and concise, medium-length forms of shared attention.
When & Where
The Centre for Disruptive Media
Disruptive Media is a term we have adapted from business where a disruptive media technology is one ‘that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually goes on to disrupt an existing market and value network’
The Centre for Disruptive Media is looking to meet the challenge of such digital technologies:
1) by studying and researching disruptive digital technologies.
2) by experimenting with the development and use of disruptive digital media, including open source, open access, open data and open education resources, augmented reality, mobile and geolocative media.
3) by disrupting and displacing the existing market by creating and exploring new economic models and new economies.