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Reimagining the Art College in the 21st Century


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Reimagining the Art College in the 21st Century

  1. 1. Taking Care of Business:Reimagining the Art Collegein the 21st century  Reflec%ons  on  Open  Educa%on  for  the  Arts  John Casey!University of the Arts LondonShaun Hides and Jonathan Shaw !Coventry School of Art & Design, Coventry Universityh"p://crea*    
  2. 2. Challenges  External•  Funding cuts, staff redundancies, course closuresand a changing market•  Demographic trends: ageing society and anincreasingly diverse student population•  Demand outstrips supply•  Growing expectation and need for more flexiblelearning opportunities•  ‘Knowledge economy’ discourse mystifies thefundamentals (Facer, 2009)#ELIA
  3. 3. Challenges  Internal – ‘force multipliers’•  Conservative pedagogical cultures - makesalternatives difficult to conceptualise•  Managerialism - financial data as the basis forplanning•  Short-termism - concentration on current contextslimits long-term development•  Inflexibility - in assessment, certification,administration, employment and budgeting•  Narrow social base - UK visual arts are less diversethan most disciplines (NALN, 2005)#ELIA
  4. 4. Trends  in  HE  Demystification, Globalisation, Disaggregation•  Traditional model based on scarcity•  Economic limits of existing model•  Conflation of research with teaching quality•  Cultural Change: Tackling TINA and Entropy•  The Rhetoric of CrisisThe Open Education Environment•  Understanding ‘Open’ & ‘Closed’ Education•  The Open Education Continuum (OU, OER, MOOCs…)•  Public Good and Public Goods – The Emerging PoliticalEconomy of an Open Public Education System#ELIA
  5. 5. Effects  of  ‘Opening  Out’  •  Open Ed. & OER: a lightening conductor forissues related to:–  Power–  Control–  Ownership–  Identity–  Pedagogy–  Tech Infrastructure–  Cultures…–  Policy–  Strategy & New Business Models#ELIA
  6. 6. #ELIASome  UAL  Outputs  
  7. 7. Ins@tu@on  –  Changing  Mind-­‐sets  
  9. 9. Open  Hybrids  or  Open  Boundary  #ELIA1,000,000listens“ground-breaking”15,000 peoplein 10 weeks from 152 cities
  10. 10. Richard Stacy...Why social media is a dangerous conceptIn fact, the more engaging social mediabecomes, the less scale it delivers.Think about it. We all know that socialmedia is essentially conversational andpersonalised. But conversations onlywork with a small group of people: themore people you add to a conversation(the more scale you add to it), the lesseffective it becomes.“#ELIA
  11. 11. Effective...does not have to equal scale! #ELIA
  12. 12. Collabora@on  and  Partnerships  #ELIA“Shaking up photo-education”New Adventures!...a ‘living’ book-project at
  13. 13. Consequences–  Changing  Prac@ces  
  14. 14. Opening  Up  -­‐  to  Business  Proposi@ons  -  Culture Change: they way things are done here-  Challenges / Disrupts–  Inflexible processes–  Internal economic models–  Learning credit and assessment practice–  Personal Values / Ideas– New Economic / Educational Models:–  College as Community not ‘Place’–  Community & Co-Curriculums–  Delivery with Industry CoP#ELIA
  15. 15. Imaginings  Create ‘Living Laboratories’•  Assessment, accreditation, evidencing, qualityassurance, evidenceOpen Ed Collaborative Enterprises•  Tactic to overcome TINA and entropy, ECTSFeedback into redesign of art educationTechnology can enable e.g. Badges. Butdrivers (and obstacles) are social, cultural,educational, economic and political.#ELIA
  16. 16. John Casey! Hides! Shaw! available at: