Learning as arts practice, your a MOOC!

At the recent launch event for the new Tate Research Centre: Learning, the Director Tate Modern Chris Dercon commented that ‘learning could be seen as an art in itself’. The idea of ‘learning as a form of arts practice’ carries a personal resonance for me having been engaged in projects for a number of years, which explore the use of digital technologies for informal learning and in arts practice, most notably in the process.arts and the DIAL project work.

Tate’s new learning research centre sees value in openness and risk and has creative practices at its centre. Risk was discussed at length at the launch event and what risk meant to them, mainly the risk was in their approach to research, which is notably different to the formal research constraints the education/HE sector. What was missing from the debate was a conversation around what openness means to the new learning research centre? 


I was invited to the Tate this week to talk with some Tate staff about the open education work I’ve been doing over the past few years at UAL as well as other related work. 

A few months ago Rebecca Sinker Curator Digital Learning Tate Britain and Tate Modern came over and introduced herself to me in the Café at Chelsea College of Arts. Rebecca had been following the work on process.arts and had recognised me through online posts, I thought this was a great example and endorsement of the value and potential reach of open educational practice. Ironically Chelsea College of Arts and Tate Britain are next-door neighbors but as we’ve found at UAL open education can help connect groups of interest within the same building as well as supporting national and international collaborations.

A few weeks later Rebecca was invited over to Chelsea for a staff event we organised called the learning studio, a community of practice encouraging informal discussion around learning technology use in Art and Design within UAL. It was great to have Rebecca at this UAL staff event; we had some really interesting discussions about Art School and Gallery collaborations and how learning happens in these two environments.

Talking Open Education and online learning communities:

Making the Invisible Visible

'Making the invisible visible' was a piece of practice-led research where audio and visual technologies were used to capture the process of creating, reflecting on and making a piece of creative work. All parts of the documented, and now visible process, became the work; with the captured process being incorporated into the art work itself using innovative technologies.

The research was presented at the OER14: building Communities of Open Practice conference at The Centre for Life, Newcastle, 28-29 April 2014 (in collaboration with OCWC, Slovenia, 23-25 April 2014) and can also be seen here

The documentation was published as part of the process on a personal blog: http://feltlikeit.wordpress.com/category/phd-research/​ and a Community Open Online Courses site (Coocs) http://www.coocs.co.uk/courses/study-of-the-creative-process-making-the-process-visible/

Classroom Google Apps for Education

All looks nice and shinny and easy .... but should we be more cautious of investing too much (especially our educational futures) in a single commercial infrastructure, should we be looking for more independent open source alternatives? ..... unfortunately most schools/colleges and Uni's are so far way behind the online/digital wave that they have no choice other than to go for the commercial option.

Commercial media channels really should be secondary channels not primary. I’m a big fan of commercial channels but I don’t think schools/colleges and Uni's should be putting all their eggs into one commercial basket. ... bang goes my career prospects at Google ;)

Classroom is a new, free tool coming to Google Apps for Education that helps teachers easily and quickly create and organize assignments, provide feedback, and communicate with their classes. This video highlights the experiences of some of the teachers and students who gave us feedback to help develop Classroom. Learn more: http://google.com/edu/classroom

Artsmooc at OCWC Global 2014 and OER14

Artsmooc are at OCWC Global 2014, follow us on twitter ....

Capitalising the full potential of on-line collaboration

Capitalising the full potential of on-line collaboration Funding to assist online collaboration for innovation to help SMEs access a broader range of potential innovation partners and mobilise them in a timely manner for concrete projects. Read more about this EU Funding.

NMC Horizon Report :: 2013 Higher Education Edition

The NMC Horizon Report :: 2013 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE Program.

The tenth edition describes the annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, a decade-long research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education. Six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, as well as key trends and challenges expected to continue over the same period, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning.

Download the free report at http://go.nmc.org/2013-hied.

artsmooc at 2014 OCW Consortium Global Conference

Artsmooc are looking forward to presenting at the 2014 OCW Consortium Global Conference.

The presentation will reflect on the CLTAD & JISC project work of DIAL 2011 - 2013 and there will be a discussion around artsmooc examples of adapting the DIAL developing digital literacies model to support approaches to online learning including MOOCs (Masive open online communities/courses). See more here about the presentation - 2014 OCWC conference schedule and see full abstract here. This year’s conference will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia from 23-25 April 2014. The conference’s theme, “Open Education for a Multicultural World”, will explore the international dimensions of open education, its diverse projects, new research, policy dimensions and impacts on teaching and learning.

HEA publishes first research into learning and teaching of Massive Open Online courses (MOOCS)

The first research into the learning and teaching of MOOCs is published today by the HEA, and finds that ‘the teacher persists’.

The Pedagogy of the MOOC: the UK View by Sian Bayne and Jen Ross from the University of Edinburgh, which also contains snapshots of five current UK MOOCs with an emphasis on the detail of teacher practice, concludes that although teaching functions are sometimes delegated to automated processes and community-based social learning in MOOCs, the place and visibility of the teacher remain of central importance.

Read more and download PDF

The Innovation of Loneliness

Nice video and graphics: The Innovation of Loneliness

What is the connection between Social Networks and Being Lonely?

Quoting the words of Sherry Turkle from her TED talk - Connected, But Alone.

Also Based on Dr. Yair Amichai-Hamburgers hebrew article -The Invention of Loneliness.

Script, Design & Animation: Shimi Cohen

Final Project at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design.



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