“The other mistake is to crush freedom and to exacerbate the authority of the teacher. Then you no longer have freedom but now you have authoritarianism, and then the teacher is the one who teaches. The teacher is the one who knows. The teacher is the one who guides. The teacher is the one who does everything. And the students, precisely because the students must be shaped, just expose their bodies and their souls to the hands of the teacher, as if the students were clay for the artist, to be molded. The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to be come themselves. And in doing that, he or she lives the experience of relating democratically as authority with the freedom of the students.” -Paulo, p.181
Yapnet is a community that aims to help people with the solitary, but intensely wonderful experience of creation. Welcome to YAPNET — a private space where you can share unfinished work or unvarnished ideas or unrealized projects for feedback and perspective and sugestions and encouragement. From fresh, knowledgeable eyes.We hope, too, that you'll occasionaly share finished work just for the heck of it or because you want ideas on what more to do with it. Or maybe you want to come here just to do your morning exercises by responding to someone else's work with a comment or a "sprout" — an idea triggered by someone else's work. Or, even, a writing exercise someone has created. Or maybe you just like helping others.This is not a new social media site. This is not a replacement for other commmunities to which you belong. This is a unique space, a response space. It operates on the theory or reciprocity — to get feedback, give feedback; and if you get feedback, say thanks. We have one rule that governs this site: respect. Show it. Believe it. Practice it. Try as we might, we have never found a behavior that isn't covered by that one word. A few defnitions are in order: We define artists as people who create. Your art can fall into any number of categories and genres and disciplines – from musicians and painters to writers and digital storytellers, from photographers and performers to educators and researchers. So don't worry about the occupation you list on your tax forms, think about what it is you are creating and what kind of help you need and how you might gain by mingling with people in your circles -- or who see the world in different ways. And how you can help others.
What were you prepared for and how does it compare to students today?
Learning doesn’t end. The people who say it does made it up.
Learning out loud june 17 2019
Learning Out Loud
(Rainbows, Unicorns, and Muddy Puddles)
Professor Laura Ritchie
• Who are you?
Describe something core to how you think or
act as a creative practitioner.
• What do you think of learning?
How would you define it? Categorise it?
• Is this what you do in your practice?
• I believe in self-efficacy.
• Learning is something we do:
Co-learning & Connectivism
• I strive for an active, open, &
Learning as doing:
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Experience Recognition Reflection
Connectivism & Co-learning
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“They see a person learning as a self-managed
and autonomous seeker of opportunities to
create, interact and have new experiences,
where learning is not the accumulation of
more and more facts or memories, but the
ongoing development of a richer and richer
They understand that the essential purpose
of education and teaching is not to produce
some set of core knowledge in a person, but
rather to create the conditions in which a
person can become an accomplished and
motivated learner in their own right.”
(Downes, 2017, p290)
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“Start calling yourself a writer, start living
that life - all of it, because no one will give
you the permission to do it, unless you
accept it now on your own terms.
There is no measure for creative practice.”
Here to There
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Pedagogic principles? Learning tools?
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“…most people don’t allow
themselves to experiment with ideas,
because they assume that they have
to fit into the system.”
(Horton & Freire, 1990,p.44)
Innovation, Risk, & Academia?
• Small group environment where you’re freed of institutional
processes to experiment in order to reach a goal
• Controlled risk
Rules and processes exist to minimise variance
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• With whom?
Do you do it?
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We Can Create Space
“Well, in art as in everything else, one
can build only upon a resisting
foundation: whatever constantly gives
way to pressure, constantly renders
My freedom consists in moving about
within the narrow frame that I have
assigned myself for each one of my
(Stravinsky, 1970, p.65)
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A Network of
Image of Trou de la serrure/Viola accouchement/Bon ménage/Fraise avant-garde (c.1916) - Amadeo de
Souza-Cardoso (1897-1918) shared by Pedro Ribiero Simões
for us & for our students
“A private space where you
can share unfinished work,
unvarnished ideas, or
unrealized projects for
encouragement from fresh,
How did you learn?
Then & Now:
• Fast moving world – technology,
• Who is the audience?
• How do people engage?
• What are we preparing them for? – what
actual path can they take after time with us?
Bill of Rights
1. The capacity to know and
2. To reflect on experiences
3. The capacity to act, and
4. The capacity to have an
(Downes, 2017, p.95)
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Two final questions:
Is who/where you are now
where you thought you’d
be when you were the one
...as you are sitting at uni:
Where do you want to be
and how are you going to
“Openness is necessary because –as the saying goes
–you cannot see with your eyes closed.”
(Horton & Freire, 1990, p.145)
Professor Laura Ritchie
University of Chichester