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…
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