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OER : Contemporary Art & Open Learning

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Contemporary Art & Open Learning is a new 20 credit course running as part of the MA Contemporary Art Theory and MFA Contemporary Art Practice programmes in the School of Art, ECA, The University of Edinburgh.

I am the Course Organiser and designer Prof Neil Mulholland. The teaching team includes Dr Jake Watts and Dr Emma Balkind. Dr Watts’ field of research expertise is the artistic workshop, Dr Balkind’s is commoning and the open paradigm.

Contemporary Art & Open Learning is a paragogics that draws on Shift/Work (Neil Mulholland, Dan Brown, Jake Watts, Naomi Garriock and ) and my own research on Re-imagining the Art School via a number of open learning theories, tools and practices.

Courseware is distributed across a number of online platforms, some of which are closed access (MS Teams; Blackboard are for UoE students with a login) and many of which are completely open (e.g. WordPress, Notion, Twitter).

The materials are designed primarily for my students in Edinburgh College of Art, so they address them directly. However, I’ve tried to use as many open resources as possible and to write the materials in a way that makes them interoperable.

Neil will be attempting to post some of the learning materials here on the course’s Art & Learning blog to create an Open Educational Resource (OER).

The links section to the 👈🏽 left will display the OER as it evolves from September to December 2020.

If you want to use the OER personally, as part of your own peer group or with your own students, please just go ahead and do so. If you want to follow the assignments, you should be able to if you have your own peer group or ‘Basho’ (3+ persons).

If you do use it in a way that involves publishing it, please make sure to attribute the author(s) using the licence posted on each page (nominally a CC Share-Share-Alike licence).

If you manage to use any of the OER successfully, please feel free to contact me (Neil Mulholland) to let me know a) what you did with it b) how you got on.

I won’t be able to help your run your own paragogy, but I’m interested to see how the OER is used so that we can recalibrate our learning design and improve the OER from one year to the next.

The course begins on the 21st of September. You will find an Introduction to the Course here:

Best wishes,
Neil Mulholland
Edinburgh 27.8.20

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