I visited SCEPTrE last November and had a chat with Prof. Norman Jackson who I used to work closely with whilst I was working at Surrey. He was explaining about a lifewide curriculum and the Surrey award. Having participated in several weeks of cck09 we talked about learning networks and where these might be in an award.
This then led to a suggestion by Norman about running a Cultural Academy which was related to the award and I asked if we could extend it to the cck09 participants and he thought it was a good idea. Although I worked with staff and occasionally students at Surrey, delivering a cultural academy in terms of subject matter was way beyond me but its great that Norman is so approachable about a concept and happy to see what evolved.
Planning & Delivery
There was initially some interest from some other cck09 participants and I would particularly like to thank John and Eduardo for taking time to try and work out how we could plan this, sharing their expertise and links. We had a go at trying to think it through but couldn’t quite move forward to something specific. Some of this may be due to being over the Christmas/New Year period. All details of this can be found in the discussions on the ConnectivismEducationLearning ning group.
Tessy Britton who is a very smart lovely angel that inhabits this planet in human form, came to the rescue with an idea for sharing in social spaces, which she sent as a proposal to Norman who thought it was brilliant.
“The objective of the workshop was to generate ideas for an exhibition which will be held on 10th March on campus which focuses on sharing culture —> creating a culture of sharing —> leading to developing a Multicultural Commons.” 1
This led to a wonderful workshop last week. I would also like to thank Tessy and Norman for allowing me to participate and see it evolve – it was very kind ! It was fun to be part of such a creative group that went from being initially unsure what to expect, to buzzing with ideas within minutes. They have set up a Ning and a twitter account to assist with planning for the exhibition. I’m sure its going to be amazing !
1. Britton T (2009), Community Sharing Lab 1, Thriving Too blog, available at: