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Ruth Catlow

  1. 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. 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. 3. What do we mean by ecological practice? Practice that attends to the nature of co-evolving, interdependent entities and conditions
  4. 4. Furtherfield.org supports experimental practices at the intersections of art, technology and social change.
  5. 5. Grass Roots, Networked and Open community of practice and appreciation, online since 1997; for creation, collaboration, review and critique.
  6. 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. 7. Furtherfield.org participation and learning: creative and critical engagement with practices in art and technology. Constructivist, practice-based learning: learning together
  8. 8. The learner's experience <ul><ul><li>Learners come together with diverse backgrounds, expectations, enthusiasms, skills & ambitions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We support them to engage with a learning experience so that they might: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify and develop their personal ambitions in a contemporary context. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop their knowledge, skills, experience. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Become empowered to make a conscious, responsible contribution to shaping the world. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Learning comes mainly through student engagement in meaningful activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Often involving solving ‘real’ problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Often in collaboration with peers – or at least together with them. </li></ul><ul><li>In their time as learners the students have an impact on the learning environment. </li></ul>Constructivist, practice-based learning: learning together
  10. 10. Constructivist, practice-based learning: learning together <ul><li>We want to support: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deeper approaches to learning. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflective learning and practice. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Greater integration of theory and practice. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration (and engagement with social & professional contexts). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More independent and interdependent learning. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Practice-based Learning in Context Modelling how practice-based learning can work in the context of social software and communities of practice
  12. 12. Practice-based Learning in Context
  13. 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. 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. 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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