Jane Austen and the belly of the beast

Jane Austen and the
Belly of the Beast:
Commodification, Technology and the Open
Agenda in Higher Education
John Casey, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh
Wolfgang Greller, Vienna University of Education
Presentation for The Goldsmiths Learning and Teaching Conference 2014
The Mysteries of Higher Education
Public Good and Public Goods
Redesigning Higher Education
Jane Austen and the Belly of the Beast:
Commodification, Technology and the Open Agenda in Higher Education
1. Background
Background: What is the Point of Art School?
Background: Public Aesthetics & Ethics
Background: Public Aesthetics
Background: Public Ethics
Background: Technology and Fear
Background: Inequality and ‘The Belly of the Beast’
Jane Austen and the Belly of the Beast:
Commodification, Technology and the Open Agenda in Higher Education
2. The Mysteries of Higher
Legacy Features – Scarcity
State Intervention
Technology and Monopoly
Digital Transgressions
Mysteries of Higher Education: The Economics of Scarcity
Mysteries of Higher Education: Property Rites
Mysteries of Higher Education: Digital Transgressions
‘The University of Cambridge, it appeared, worked in practice but not in theory’
Mysteries of Higher Education: Reaching its Limits?
20 Years of Progress…without MOOCs
Graduation Rates up by 20% (equivalent to a UK Degree)
across all OECD countries “an average of 47% of today’s young
women and 32% of today’s young men will complete this type of
education over their lifetimes”
OECD 2012
Jane Austen and the Belly of the Beast:
Commodification, Technology and the Open Agenda in Higher Education
3. Public Good and Public Goods
Policy & Property
The Commons
Public Good and Public Goods: An Emerging Open Economy?
Public Good and Public Goods: The Commons
Jane Austen and the Belly of the Beast:
Commodification, Technology and the Open Agenda in Higher Education
4. Redesigning Higher Education
Uncertain Futures
The Knowledge Economy
Redesigning HE: Uncertain Futures
Redesigning HE : Reality Therapy?
“the idea of the knowledge economy‘ has shaped
education policy in the UK and around the
world…this vision, may be increasingly hard to
realise…highly rewarded, creative and autonomous
work is likely to be restricted over the coming two
decades to ever smaller global elites.”
Final Report: Beyond Current Horizons Programme 2009
Redesigning HE: Beginnings
Redesigning HE: Open Benefits for the Mainstream
•Showcasing, networking and recruiting
•Students make well-informed choices = better retention &
•Portfolio of published work – teacher – student - institution
•Institutional recognition and reputation
•National and international collaborations
•Institutional and disciplinary ‘memory’
•Learning design skills
•Reduce repetitive aspects of work
•Facilitates accountability / improvement.
•Public service delivery
•Passing on subject knowledge and teaching expertise
•Driver for cultural change
Redesigning HE: Back to the Beginning?
‘ a balanced' civic humanist
form - placed 'off balance’
by public needs
Redesigning HE: Future Options
There is No Alternative
Margaret Thatcher
The Future is Unwritten
Joe Strummer
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John Casey
Learning Technologist
Centre for Academic Practice
Queen Margaret University,
EH21 6UU
Email: [email protected]
web: http://geronimoscadillac.wordpress.com
Wolfgang Greller
Vice-Principal for Research and Quality
Vienna University of Education
Grenzackerstrasse 18
A-1100 Vienna
E-mail: [email protected]
web: www.greller.eu
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