A curated conversation on how Heutagogy can help develop creativity in learning in our present day education systems. With ideas from key thinkers, practical examples from practitioners, and a range of useful tools for stimulating thinking.
• #Heutagogy. A walk, a wander through
learning. Getting lost, by intent or by
accident. Sifting and sieving through
serendipity. Gathering the riches of
experience. Creating a bricolage of possibly
useful artefacts that will shed light on the
• Synthesizing concepts and opening the mind
to consider new vistas of discovery…
Ronan is Director of Research Soton Uni
• Heutagogy may not suit everyone, because it
requires a leap of faith – faith in one’s ability
to embrace uncertainty and explore, yet find
• It’s about paying attention to what is around
us, and taking risks.
• A boat in harbour is safe, but that’s not
what boats are for.
Mark runs Everything Unplugged East Norwich
• Learnity's "Creative thinking" experience is
about unborify the boring;
• We choose boring contexts or activities, then
explore different perspectives and create
resources for solving everyday boredom…
creating new satisfactions.
• Students choose their own challenges and, with
teachers, co-creating new ideas everyday
Silvia runs Learnity in Bucharest
• Talented and amazing educators are co-creating
pockets of innovative education with learners
everywhere, guided by learning leaders…
• realised through open learning spaces with
• Their inspiration shows how heutagogy can incite
educational transformation, with stakeholders
working together to create environments for
nurturing creative thought, expression, and
Lisa-Marie is Program Director Oldenburg Uni
• Creativity is a way of being, re-acting
positively to life and passionately embracing
(im)possibilities; enacting our imagination,
playfulness and risk-taking to create a better
• Modelling such ways of being & immersing
others in creative experiences helps recognise
creativity in bringing us closer together,
transforming our life for the better.
Chrissi runs Greenhouse (creative practitioners) MMU
• Human brains are wired for creativity from birth.
• Heutagogical approaches to learning are
designed to provide an environment that
facilitates rather than hinders creativity.
• This environment is flexible, learner-focused,
process rather than content oriented, pattern
seeking and exploratory. It is based on an
understanding of human agency rather than
Stewart is Mr Heutagogy…
• As an expression of True Self heutagogy,
seeks, generates and maintains; environments
internal and external, that are free to explore,
unlearn and relearn.
• Creativity, not as a brilliant accomplishment ,
but as living, authentic, shared, human
understanding & experience, that keeps
growing in the most unassuming of ways
Devaji is a Public Health Consultant in Bangalore
• The New Music Collective is a heutagogical
learning project, influenced by Roland
Meighan and John Holt.
• It’s where young musicians come together to
create, learn, rehearse and perform their own
• A learning facilitator, provides resources,
helps and answer questions enabling a gig at
the end of the project.
Paul materialised in Messenger…
• Australian artist Fiona Hall described the
approach she took to creativity with Paradisus
Terrestris; amorphously creating something
completely different using ordinary objects.
• Whilst working ideas sparked more ideas than
she could apply to her work.
• Was this “rows of sardine teas from which
sculpted life forms emerge” a heutagogical
Chris is offline right now
• Contemporary schooling promotes compliance,
obedience and conformity.
• Everything from exam syllabuses to the clothing
worn at school is, at least in the UK, becoming
more prescriptive. Compliance, obedience,
conformity and prescription all stultify creativity.
• For creative learning to blossom we must reverse
the trend towards conformity and promote self-
Terry is Grumpy
• Education points you at a world identified by
policy makers and categorised by academics.
• We learn mimetically, instinctively; searching
for affirmation socially. Our profound human
curiosity seeks release beyond trained
• Trusting the learner enables our natural
creativity to emerge; the only way any
educational process can be justified
Fred curates (participatively)
• The growing demand for higher education is not
matched by the capacity in formal education.
• To achieve socioeconomic inclusion and respond
to current global concerns, an innovative
learning approach is mandatory.
• Heutagogy positions learners as key agents in
their educational transformation and empowers
them as independent problem solvers.
Bernard thinks we need heutagogical resources
so… here are some
creative thinking tools…
to reflect on & use
Heutagogy Curated Conversation
Bridget is interested in the Learning Planet
MODES Creative Methodical
communicating Connotative Denotative
Ways of thinking
Ways of making
P A H
#digital Thom Cochrane (BYOD)
Pedagogy Andragogy Heutagogy
Productivity Collaboration Community
Reproduction Incrementation Re-initiation
Induction to supportive
mobile social media
role of the teacher
role of the learner
Thom continues to evolve the PAH continuum
Workshop Resources #myHeutagogy
We started with the question “is Heutagogy the Pedagogy of
Creativity?” and this curated conversation represents our answers
Do we need to think about how to encourage creativity?
Whose comments inspire you most – how can you use that?
Is creativity about freeing learners to explore?
How can you co-create learning activities for your learners?
Should facilitation be about inspiring independent learners or
completing shared tasks?
Some of the tables are for personal reflection and some are to
help in learning design. Can you use both?
This curated conversation was developed collaboratively on #FB
All comments welcome…
Creativity in Learning w/Heutagogy #wHday16 Resources
From Andragogy to Heutagogy
What is Heutagogy?
All You Need is Heutagogy
Heutagogy Community of Practice blog
How Schools Kill Creativity (Ken Robinson TEDx)
Learnity in Bucharest
Heutagogy & Lifelong Learning
Greenhouse for Creative Practitioners
Stewart Hase Heutagogy Blog
The Heutagogic Archive
The Learning Planet
John Davitt #FreeLearning
Thom Cochrane BYOD mobiles & Creative Pedagogies
Tony Hall Instagram
What is Heutagogy?
More in our earlier curated conversation
We started Curated Conversations as a kind of “wisdom of
crowds” method for sharing deep knowledge quickly. A number
of people (12-20) with expertise or experience summarise their
understanding in 50 words. From these contributions both a
shared narrative emerges and some recommendations.
Previous Curated Conversations…
Social Innovation for a Network Society
Everything Unplugged (Learning Conversations)
What is Heutagogy? (a curated book)
Technique derived from Oxford Muse conversation dinners
A Heutagogy Curated Conversation by @fredgarnett
Creativity in Learning