World Heutagogy Day 2018

What is Learner-Centred Learning?

World Heutagogy Day is on 26th September and I’ve been talking to various people and groups, including some home schoolers and three new wonderful WikiSqolars and, for various reasons, what I would like to do with World Heutagogy Day this year is to focus on the learner. You could say that what we are doing with this work is to make it all about getting “back to the learners themselves” as the phenomenologists might put it (I’ve been inspired by reading the wonderful At The Existentialist Cafe) and here’s why.

1. I want to help create a (self-determined) Learners Charter as part of a new project, so a “curated conversation” this year on what is learner-centred learning could help develop that. I think it can only start if we Trust the Learner…

2. Last years World Heutagogy Day 2017 on Wellbeing and Heutagogy didn’t quite “work” in the way the excellent Creativity in Learning (2016) did, so perhaps we need to focus more on learning, and also work out what self-determined means.

3. The wonderful Kate Faragher and I will be badging Thrive (her place) as the worlds first WikiQuals centre at the same time, trying to make the WikiQuals self-accredited learning project part of a “drop-in” process (rather than needing me to initiate each Sqolar). So we also need to develop a guide for learners on what self-determined I learning means in practice and not just in the theory of Heutagogy.

4. I hope to be launching The Republic of Learning project in October in Peniche (the Great Good Place) and the idea behind that is to allow places to self-identify as Centres off learning. It is inspired by the Republic of Letters (1540-1740?) which was a kind of “medieval Internet” which didn’t teach people things but allowed them to read the Letters of learned scholars and decide for themselves what they meant (no syllabus, no pedagogy just self-determined conclusions). I’m hoping to create a learning “organisational Architecture of Participation” as Nigel & I call it which allows places to self-identify as Centres of learning, rather than being “chartered” institutions of the State.

Over the next 2 months I’m hoping to develop both a Learners Charter, so learners can self-identify as learners, and similarly have an (alchemical) process that allows places to self-identify as learning (institutions). I have also created a couple of new ways by which people can represent their learning, including a new version of commonplace books and our old friend the #digital Cabinet of Curiosities… So people can “own” or self-define their learning.

So self-determined learners in self-determined learning places, lets get started!

A curated conversation requires you to provide a 50 word answer, based on what you personally think, to the theme question, namely “what is learner-centred learning?” I’ll be curating (!) this through the Facebook group #myHeutagogy as usual. See you online in our “consensual hallucination” soon, but you can of course email me your answer here…
This is the history of World Heutagogy Day so far;

The last few slides of the Creativity in Learning presentation also explain the principles of Curated Conversations…

Comment or ask questions on the Facebook group



World Heutagogy Day #wHday16

Supporting (3rd) World Heutagogy Day 26 September 2016

World Heutagogy Day is used to support the idea of Self-Determined Learning, developed around the ideas first expressed by Stewart Hase and Chris Kenyon in the paper From Andragogy to Heutagogy. They argue that for the 21st Century we need to think about learning beyond the ideas of pedagogy, teaching subjects to children, and the adult education model of andragogy (Knowles)  and move towards self-determined learning. “The concept of truly self-determined learning, called heutagogy, builds on humanistic theory and approaches to learning described in the 1950s.”

World Heutagogy Day 2016; This year we want to discuss whether “Heutagogy is the pedagogy of creativity” and want anyone interested in creativity and heutagogy (or anything to do with the educational system that is interested in opening up learner creativity) to either blog or comment online about these issues. We will be posting on a number of blogs and pointing to a number of resources online that look at this issue, or perhaps looks at the question “can we teach creativity”. This blog will track and pull together the resources identified. Discussion will be online on Twitter using the #hashtag #wHday16 and on Facebook in the #myheutagogy group

World Heutagogy Day; first ran in 2013 and was used to promote the publication of the book Self-determined Learning by Bloomsbury. We created a curated conversation of chapter ideas by the authors summarising the book called What is Heutagogy?

World Heutagogy Day 2014; Included a conference at London Knowledge Lab where Bibblio turned up and tested their online informal resource with us and built a collection on Heutagogy 

More to follow…

A Revolution is Coming

Presentation by Stewart Hase

Stewart Hase also contributed to our “flipped keynote” (3 short presentations) and set up the morning session by posing the problem “what questions do we need to be answering make heutagogy work?”

Mental models were one key issue that Stewart covered in his talk and was based on his recent blog post “The Mental Models Trap in Experts

These are the slides of Stewart’s presentation “A Revolution is Coming”, to which I will be adding further content over the next few days;

Some of the content Stewart also covered can be found in the slides he presented

to the European Commission last month, especially the last 10 slides;


Heutagogy 101

Chris Kenyon’s Presentation

Chris Kenyon gave a really interesting presentation he called Heutagogy 101 which was both an intro to heutagogy and an overview of what he and Stewart Hase have learnt about heutagogy over the last twenty years. I’ve uploaded the slides onto Slideshare and added in the text of his talk. Great read – enjoy!

Stewart Hase discussed mental models developing Continue reading

#myHeutagogy June 6 Programme


Linking Heutagogy with Learning for the 21st century

9:00 Welcome & Introduction to the day: presenting the context of Heutagogy;  Ronan O’Beirne; MC chair

Morning theme; How helpful is the theory of heutagogy?

9:30 Flipping the Keynote; 3 PechaKuchas 1) Fred Garnett “What is Heutagogy?” 2) Chris Kenyon “Basics of Heutagogy” 3) Stewart Hase “Heutagogy; contributing to an educational revolution?” Followed by plenary discussion to identify Hope n Space workshop themes on “What questions do we have to answer?”. (30mins & 15mins plenary)

Chris Kenyon’s Heutagogy 101 slides online

10:15 Hope ‘n’ Space workshop: What questions do we need to answer to make heutagogy a part of 21st Century Learning? Group discussions (tea and coffee free flowing) (group chairs to be identified in discussion) (Contribute to this session online here)

Discussion questions;

1. What is the person spec for a learning leader? Christian/Stewart/Pamela/Tony Flipping Control to Learner, leading from the back to enable community (De-centre the leader), allowing opportunistic learning, helping navigate novel environments, mental model shift to a learning accelerator Image of mind map of session  WP_20140606_001

2.What is a heutagogic learner? Roar/Jennifer/Fred – Education is what other people do to you – Learning is what you do to yourself. Characteristics; Curiosity, autonomy, self-driven (but needs a facilitator), peer-learning which starts from questions – “owning your learning”

3. What are the theoretical antecedents of heutagogy 4. Is Art School education heutagogy?

5. How do we change mental models? Mark/Lisa-Marie/Monika/ Muhammed/Doug I am Curious, learning to articulate AND name the learning you are doing, learning is an experiential thing…AND 6. Change comes from the margins? If you smile AND wave 🙂

11:30 Feedback from workshops – chaired by Fred Garnett

12:00 Open Pecha Kucha session (6min 40s each maximum) OR short presentations randomly chosen from attendees who want to talk. 13:00 Lunch

Afternoon theme; How helpful is the practice of heutagogy?

14:00 Show and Tell of Practical Heutagogy: Heutagogy projects on display; 1) Convivial Camera, 2) Raspberry Pi/Wyliodrin, 3) Bibblio 4) Soundwalk, 5) iPad Art 6) WikiQuals, 6W2X, Digital/Analogue integration, Open Sqolars, International Centre for Heutagogy,  Recipe Walks, Social Reporting, OpenRSA, MARDI,

The Bibblio statement of online learners rights

15:45 Show and Tell plenary. What is Practical Heutagogy?

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

Contribute to the Curated Conversation on “What is #myHeutagogy?” by posting 50 words about “My idea of Heutagogy” on this blog or on #myHeutagogy on Facebook The Conference is at the London Knowledge Lab 23-29 Emerald Street, WC1N 3QS  

 I guess mental models evolve to the environment they are in as well as shaping the same

My idea of Heutagogy

Crowd-sourcing the understanding of Heutagogy

Last year we wrote Self-Determined Learning, edited by Stewart Hase and Chris Kenyon, and published by Bloomsbury. Fred Garnett turned it into a “curated conversation” called “What is Heutagogy?” which summarised each chapter in 50 words to provide a quick introduction to what we understood as heutagogy.

This year as part of the #myheutagogy project we are crowd-sourcing what different people understand heutagogy to mean. if you want to take part please submit your idea of heutagogy, what heutagogy means to you, what is “#myheutagogy” and  we will produce a curated conversation called “What is #myheutagogy?” to be published as a “curated conversation” on SlideShare as a follow up to that work.

My idea of Heutagogy can be submitted by posting a comment in response to this post, just press “Leave a reply”; thanks!