Aims of the Festival

The Emporium of Dangerous Ideas aims to re-establish the importance of dangerous ideas as agents of change in education – to shift the axis of what is possible! It is for everyone who is passionate about education including college, university, school staff and students as well as those engaged in education throughout the creative communities.

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Thursday, 28 November 2013

How Far Has The Axis Shifted - 31st January

The Programme is now up, but here are some danger bites to tempt you.  Make sure you book a place:

Danger zones to visit including:

This session will consider the current and developing context of games in education and how education can embrace the potential for these environments. We will share highlights from the Festival where participants were encouraged to be as ‘dangerous’ as possible in considering how gaming can influence pedagogy and encourage greater engagement with learning.

Walk on the Wild Side
What happened when a mix of practitioners from education and the arts went walking along the West Highland Way? What ideas have they developed and what have the put into practice? Join participants from the walk to discover what really happened and what dangerous ideas they are working on now.

Adaptive Comparative Judgement
For too long now in education we have been excusing ourselves for not developing creativity, problem solving and collaboration skills because we have no reliable way of capturing and assessing them. Adaptive Comparative Judgement technology can do exactly this. The technology is not about driving forward change within the existing system, it is about embracing radical change in education. This session will share the findings of the Adaptive Comparative Judgement pilot conducted by TAG Assessment and College Development Network after last year’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas. We will share our dangerous plans on how we intend to revolutionise assessment in 2014.

Without Walls – play time!
The vibrant team from the three colleges that now make up Ayrshire College worked the games designer and artist Thom Scullion to host an inspiring event in Dean Park, using ipads and their imagination. Their aim was to work out-with physical and metaphorical walls and to consider the role of play in learning. Members of the team will share their experience and their plans for more dangerous ideas.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Why Robert Owen Makes My Heart Sink

Whenever I hear the name Robert Owen my heart sinks.    This isn't so much to do with the reformist himself, rather the impact he has add on educational visits to New Lanark – of which I have had five!   Two when studying geography and history at school, one when briefly studying town planning (I think that visit led to a quick exist from that degree), another during my social work degree, followed by a visit during my post-grad year studying leisure , recreation and the heritage industry (strange but true).   It was suggested as a potential place to visit when I was studying for my education degree, but I declined the coach trip.  I was even there last week for the IRISS Conference, but honestly I could have led the Annie McLeod Experience tour.

So, I have to confess that when Mark Murphy @robertowenctr first told me about the Launch of the new Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change, I had to suppress the fear of another visit to New Lanark, and then rejoice that it was safely based in Glasgow University.  He did look a bit taken aback when I asked for confirmation that anyone involved with the centre wouldn’t actually have to go to New Lanark. 

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Festival of Dangerous Ideas – Dangerous Design Competition

Wanted:  Visual, media, communication and creative students from the college sector for an exciting, challenging poster competition.

  This is an outstanding opportunity for a creative communicator to make their name in the industry, with a £200 prize as well as a fantastic chance to undertake a placement with a top design/advertising agency.  In addition, the winner’s name and the name of their college will appear on the final poster.

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas is an innovative and exciting national education festival which has generated lots of interest, ideas, facts and figures, which we currently have available in a very unexciting, boring and not at all dangerous format!