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Ruth Catlow
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Ruth Catlow
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  • 1. Pedagogy informed by grass roots, media art practice in an ecological age Ruth Catlow: Furtherfield.org and Writtle School of Design The World Alliance for Arts Education Towards a Paradigm of Creative Education for the 21st Century
  • 2. A thought Questions of agency and right action between - individual, community, organisation, institution, corporation, state - are central at this time of species and environmental crisis
  • 3. What do we mean by ecological practice? Practice that attends to the nature of co-evolving, interdependent entities and conditions
  • 4. Furtherfield.org supports experimental practices at the intersections of art, technology and social change.
  • 5. Grass Roots, Networked and Open community of practice and appreciation, online since 1997; for creation, collaboration, review and critique.
  • 6. Inspired by network metaphors and deployed across the scale-free networks of the Internet and World Wide Web to which a new node (e.g. personal computer or server, web page or media file) may always be added. From On Distributed Communications by Paul Baran, 1964 Networked (and Open!)‏
  • 7. Furtherfield.org participation and learning: creative and critical engagement with practices in art and technology. Constructivist, practice-based learning: learning together
  • 8. The learner's experience
      • Learners come together with diverse backgrounds, expectations, enthusiasms, skills & ambitions.
      • We support them to engage with a learning experience so that they might:
      • Identify and develop their personal ambitions in a contemporary context.
      • Develop their knowledge, skills, experience.
      • Become empowered to make a conscious, responsible contribution to shaping the world.
  • 9.
    • Learning comes mainly through student engagement in meaningful activity.
    • Often involving solving ‘real’ problems.
    • Often in collaboration with peers – or at least together with them.
    • In their time as learners the students have an impact on the learning environment.
    Constructivist, practice-based learning: learning together
  • 10. Constructivist, practice-based learning: learning together
    • We want to support:
      • Deeper approaches to learning.
      • Reflective learning and practice.
      • Greater integration of theory and practice.
      • Collaboration (and engagement with social & professional contexts).
      • More independent and interdependent learning.
  • 11. Practice-based Learning in Context Modelling how practice-based learning can work in the context of social software and communities of practice
  • 12. Practice-based Learning in Context
  • 13. Coming back to that thought What role might a pedagogy informed by grass roots critical and creative practice play in the renegotiation of agency and right action between - individual, community, organisation, institution, corporation, state - at this time of species and environmental crisis?
  • 14. Coming back to that thought What role might a pedagogy informed by grass roots critical and creative practice play in the renegotiation of agency and right action between - individual, community, organisation, institution, corporation, state - at this time of species and environmental crisis?
  • 15. Thanks! Further info & references Contact Ruth at [email_address] Constructivist practice-based learning and e-learning JISC funded research with Roger Rees and Miles Metcalfe at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication 2006-8 Research project details: Designs on Learning - http://tinyurl.com/ycgodxu Learner Integration - http://tinyurl.com/yez3dey Furtherfield.org community of practice Furtherfield online Media Arts community http://www.furtherfield.org / Media Art Ecologies http://www.furtherfield.org/mediaartecologies.php Participation and Learning http://furtherfieldpal.org HTTP Gallery http://www.http.uk.net/ Ecology and Flexibility in Urban Civilization , from Steps to an Ecology of Mind by Gregory Bateson, 1970

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