Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Conference on Personalised Learning

Terri from ARCH will be speaking, so it has to be good!

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Monday 25th June 2007

A joint one-day conference at Staffordshire University, Stoke-On-Trent, which will explore choice in a personalised learning system

Personalised learning has the potential to transform our systems of learning. It challenges the shallow version of learning promoted within the present education system and proposes a new approach where learners themselves make both rational and intuitive choices about their learning. ‘Taking choice seriously’ is the key driver in this task. The prize is a cohesive, sustainable and productive society with active and democratically competent citizens.

The conference will be introduced by Peter Humphreys from the Centre for Personalised Education Trust and facilitated by Mark Webster, from Staffordshire University’s Creative Communities Unit.

Keynote speakers will be Tony Jeffs of Durham University, co-author of the influential book, Informal Education, Terri Dowty, from Action on Rights for Children, Professor Ian Cunningham from the Centre for Self-Managed Learning and Dr Tim Rudd from Futurelab.

Keynote speakers will be followed by a break out session where conference delegates will be given the opportunity to have their say about the challenges. Key issues will be fed back to the conference.

In the afternoon, delegates will have a chance to choose from workshops such as:
- 'The Otherwise Club - An invitational learning community',
-‘Personalised Education: A Framework for Evaluation & Educational Reconstruction’,
-‘Democratic Learning Co-operatives’,
-‘The Bridge International Youth Project’,
- ‘Democratic & Individualised Learning’
or an ‘Open Forum’ to discuss further the issues raised at the conference.

Lunch will be provided and there will be plenty of opportunity for networking.

The Conference is aimed at educators, learners, parents from any mainstream sector or stage, free / democratic / alternative institutions and groups, home-based educators, flexi-schoolers, community and youth workers any informal groupings or autonomous learners, policy makers, thought leaders, academics and researchers.

Cost of conference day will be £75 + Vat (£88.13). Includes refreshments & lunch.
A limited number of reduced price places are available for unfunded delegates.

For further information or to book a place please visit our website: www.staffs.ac.uk/ccu
or contact Sarah Bonam at lettinginthelight@dsl.pipex.com
Telephone 01782 714776

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