09 May 2017

The Porous University - A critical exploration of openness, space and place in Higher Education

Venue: An Lòchran, Inverness Campus

Date: May 08, 2017 to May 09, 2017

The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and The Opening Educational Practices in Scotland (OEPS) present “The Porous University – A critical exploration of openness, space and place in Higher Education” 

What does "open" mean beyond releasing content? What is the role of open academics in dealing with problems “in the world”, how should staff and students become learners within community contexts, developing and negotiating curriculum based on those contexts? 

This symposium is for anyone with an interest in the themes and issues the University of the Highlands and Islands are seeking to explore. You may work in Higher Education, or the college sector. You may be involved in community education, adult learning, or alternative forms of higher education. You may work in third sector, or in an organisation that engages or seeks to engage with post-secondary educational institutions. Or you may be coming to the issues they are to explore from a completely different context to the aforementioned, and you will be equally welcome to participate in the symposium.

The symposium will be structured around a number of short provocations that address specific questions or issues, followed by break-out discussion and opportunities to further explore and synthesise the thinking that emerges.

Contributors confirmed for to the symposium include :

  • Alex Dunedin, Ragged University
  • Richard Hall, Professor of Education and Technology, De Montfort University
  • Mark Johnson, Centre for Educational Development and Support, University of Liverpool
  • Derek Jones, Lecturer in Design, The Open University
  • Ronald Macintyre, Open Education Practices Scotland (OEPS), The Open University
  • Shelia MacNeill, Senior Lecturer (Digital Learning), Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Frank Rennie, Professor of Sustainable Rural Development, Lews Castle College UHI
  • Keith Smyth, Professor of Pedagogy, University of the Highlands and Islands
  • Gina Wall, Deputy Head School of Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art

For more information go to the Universty of the Highlands and Islands Website>> or contact Alex Walker, Learning and Teaching Academy, University of the Highlands and Islands via lta@uhi.ac.uk