Contemporary Art & Open Learning

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Art education today is porous and ubiquitous: it exists in a wide variety of formal and informal arts contexts and can be found in many different cultures and societies. It takes many diverse organisational forms, traversing virtual communities, small artist-led initiatives, international biennials, art academies and artistic practices. How can artists contribute to today’s politics of education vis a vis edutech, the open paradigm and para-academia?

To address these issues, I will present a reflective analysis of a new open course that I ran over 12 weeks from September 2020 at Edinburgh College of Art. This enabled art students to open access to, and widen participation in, artistic learning by peer-producing, codifying and sharing learning practices. The course was taught entirely as an OER hosted on The course practised a range of peer-based theories of learning and knowledge production to extend open access into the Third Places frequently produced by artists. In particular, it practises paragogics, learning principles that offer a flexible framework for peer learning.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2021
EventOER21: OERxDomains 2021 -
Duration: 21 Apr 202122 Apr 2021


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Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • OER
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Open Learning
  • Open Paradigm
  • Open Access
  • Paragogy
  • Paragogics
  • P2P
  • peer-to-peer
  • DIT
  • Undercommons
  • Paralogic
  • Open Research


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