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altc 2014: Catherine Cronin - Navigating the Marvellous: Openness in Education (702)

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Published on Sep 7, 2014

Inspired by a Seamus Heaney poem, Catherine will explore “navigating the marvellous”, the challenge of being open in higher education. To be in higher education is to learn in two worlds: the open world of informal learning and the predominantly closed world of the institution. As higher education moves slowly, warily, and unevenly towards openness, students deal daily with the dissonance between these two worlds; developing different skills, practices and identities in different learning spaces. Both students and educators make choices about the extent to which they learn, teach, share and interact in bounded and open spaces. If, as Joi Ito has said, openness is a “survival trait” for the future, how do we facilitate this process of opening? The task is one not just of changing practices but also of changing culture; we can learn much from other movements for justice, equality and social change.

The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) is an independent charity (UK registered charity no.1160039), funded through membership contributions and events. ALT members are part of a growing community of learning technology professionals, whose shared expertise helps us to realise our aim to promote the effective, efficient and informed understanding and use of learning technology. Show support for what we do and be part of the leading professional body for Learning Technology in the UK http://go.alt.ac.uk/join-ALT.

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