Constructing Resilient Education: Social Practices Which Form Community

This is presentation is about constructing resilient education in the fractured environment examining social practices which form community. It was given to the National Education Union conference on Friday, 3rd February 2022 which was staged at The University Centre West Anglia, King’s Lynn.  Participants were invited to reflect on the theme of communities of practice. This is a copy of the presentation along with the written article which has been annotated with multimedia resources and verbatim excerpts from original sources in the grey boxes.

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Thinking About The Learning Affordances of Interpersonal Interaction

As someone who researches social practices of learning which are available to any individual, I am interested to explore how the worlds of formal learning and informal learning can interface and complement each other. It seemed of value to investigate how this history of ‘auditors’ might be gleaned to provide a modern social practice which can operate in social configurations we find today. Read more…

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Learning Artifact (Prototype): Drew Whitworth The Book as a Technology

This is a learning artifact created as a part of a project which has the aims of examining how the world around can be used to generate a living curriculum by an individual wanting to generate and engender their own education.  This is in keeping with the exploration of the Ragged University project to research the means to develop education which can function beyond the enclosures of finance and exclusive cultural configurations.

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Experiments in Education: The Possibility of the 19th Century Auditor Today

As a series of independent experiments on how educational activities and trajectories can be formulated ‘in the wild’ – that is outside of enrollment in a formal institution of education – I became interested in examining what coalescent interactions can be tuned into to serve these purposes.  The guiding compass for the focus is to exclude finance as a fundamentally problematic thing for the greatest number of people; at the same time, points on this compass are to explore symbiotic relationships with those who manifest education within formal institutions. Read more…

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The Nucleus: Do It Yourself ‘Ragged University’-like Events

A lot of people have asked over time about ‘doing Ragged University’, and this is a set of notes for people who want to do their own thing in their own location independently. The essence of the project has been about identifying methods, strategies and means which anyone can do. Ragged University is not an organisation, it is something people do themselves and share with others – it is not something which is delivered onto others. It is a social practice which anyone can do in their locale to generate a learning process in someones life. Read more…

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Ragged University Events: Opening the doors again…

Well, it has been a long past few years hasn’t it.  Alex Dunedin here. This is the first email I have sent to the Ragged Uni followers for a long long time and speaking for myself Ragged University events have been hugely missed.  I hope that this finds everyone safe and sound, and in good health. This email is a bit of a catch up, a bit of an introduction, and a bit of an explanation of the philosophy going on behind the Ragged University ahead of events starting up again.

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The Story So Far… Ragged University and Moving into the Future

Now that the covid pandemic is starting to move behind us all and immunity is improving in the general population the idea of public events can start to be thought about in terms of Ragged University.  It has been a tough three years for everyone on a range of fronts and when covid 19 struck and forced population confinement I had to choose how to adapt the practice of Ragged University for conditions of isolation.

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