An OER for Artistic Paragogy: Contemporary Art & Open Learning

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Hour 22 (starting 10 Dec 2021, 10 am UTC+0)

#OERCamp Global 2021 on

I will start with a presentation of a new global model for (art) education rooted in peer-to-peer perspectives (paragogy) augmented by an OER and open edutech.

I will draw on examples of open learning experiments produced by artists and “paragoges” and show how they informed a new open educational resource that I co-developed over 2020-21 called Contemporary Art & Open Learning. My presentation will last no more than 15 mins.

Working with a Miro Template that I will share with attendees, I will then spend 5-10mins illustrating how the open approach we take to curriculum design is interoperable…

– it can be used in any discipline.

We have developed a way of generating a sprint-oriented curriclum that emerges from collaborative artistic practice. While the workshops, practica and partnership work we pursue in this OER resembles agile workflows, it dispenses with agile’s over-emphasis on (learning) outcomes and the cooresponding ‘solutioneering‘ reproduced verbatim by the Platform University.

Key here is understanding how Contemporary Art & Open Learning functions as a generative system for learning – or oroborous. This is to say that the key aim of the OER is to create new OERs that, in turn, generate new publics for art (and for learning per se), that in turn create new OERs that, in turn….

Our approach to creating OERs thus ensures that learning is a lifewide process, one that involves a continuous retracing of steps, that learning is “a way of living curiously – that is, with care and attention.” Ingold, Tim. Anthropology Between Art and Science: An Essay on the Meaning of Research, FIELD, Issue 11, Fall 2018

Such curiousity-driven learning becomes possible since our OER is philosphically rooted in paragogy and artistic learning rather than pedagogy. Rather than simply teach our research, we are actively involved with our students in the learning process. Learning that is forever fresh to colleagues and students is a style of learning that provokes curiosity.

While, the metacognitive approach we take spawns OERs that function primarily as artworks, they too are interoperable ‘research objects’ that can also be repurposed as arts-based methods.

I will use the remaining 20 or so minutues for an ask-me-anything Q&A.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2021 2021: An Unconference on OER: The first 48-hour Festival for Open Educational Resources - Global; German Commission for UNESCO , Berlin, Germany
Duration: 9 Dec 202111 Dec 2021

Conference 2021
Abbreviated title#OERcamp2021
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Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • paragogy
  • OER
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Contemporary Art
  • education
  • learning


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    Neil Mulholland (Member)

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