Ubiquitous learning, through its association to the phrase ‘ubiquitous computing’, is often taken to mean learning mediated through portable computing devices that are coupled with digital media and data. This paper argues for a consideration that is less determined by technology, positioning instead that it be used to describe a broad and deliberate approach to learning generally, with or without the aid of computing devices or digital media.
Based on a feed-back structure of ethics, principles, methods and outcomes used by David Holgrem to popularise Permaculture Design, an ethical framework for ubiquitous learning is put forward to guide considerations. It draws on the theories, critiques and proposals of Ivan Illich, Neil Postman, Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger, Christopher Alexander, Richard Stallman and others to form three primary ethics: That learning happens everywhere; that it be relevant and; that it is shared. These ethics are substantiated through a number of principles that guide methods and hold outcomes accountable. And finally, to illustrate methods through this framework a range of projects and initiatives are presented. They include a situationist theatre production, The School of Everything and other convivial learning networks, and Open Educational Practices