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Postgraduate Course: Culture, Heritage and Learning Futures (fusion online) (EFIE11059)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh Futures Institute CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course examines the role of cultural heritage in developing pedagogies of the present and rich futures for lifelong learning - drawing on speculative method and heritage and anticipation studies.
Course description Laurajane Smith defines the 'real moment of heritage' as being in 'the act of passing on and receiving memories and knowledge' (2006, p2). In this sense, heritage and education are closely linked, and heritage studies can give us great insight into how futures - including informal learning futures - are made and shared. Richard Sandford argues that heritage has a vital role to play in the creation of 'lived futures' which give 'social, natural, technological structures'... room to unfold' (2019, p.75). These insights, and others, provide a foundation for this course, which is about the role of cultural heritage in helping us create futures for learning that are 'lived' and not 'empty'.

The course is organised into pre-intensive, 2-day intensive, and post-intensive activity. The pre-intensive period will involve reading around key concepts, and activities involving critiquing representations of education futures, and a heritage thinking task.

The two-day intensive period of this course will involve engaging with tangible and intangible heritage in a collaborative, creative, critical way that provides a deep foundation for a story from the future that each participant will create. Working in and with museums, galleries, libraries and archives, we will examine histories of the future and consider how various forms of learning futures have been expressed. Key methodological concepts and some 'future lifelong education' themes will be introduced in lectures, students will take part in workshops led by colleagues in cultural heritage organisations, and will engage in individual and group work exploring knowledge futures and scoping stories from the future.

Building on the intensive period, in the post-intensive students will take part in a self-paced museum field trip (virtually, in their own location, or in Edinburgh), and will design their own speculative 'lived future' stories of lifelong learning, receiving peer feedback and submitting this 3 weeks after the intensive period takes place (see assessment below).

Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI) - Online Fusion Course Delivery Information:

The Edinburgh Futures Institute will teach this course in a way that enables online and on-campus students to study together. This approach (our 'fusion' teaching model) offers students flexible and inclusive ways to study, and the ability to choose whether to be on-campus or online at the level of the individual course. It also opens up ways for diverse groups of students to study together regardless of geographical location. To enable this, the course will use technologies to record and live-stream student and staff participation during their teaching and learning activities. Students should note that their interactions may be recorded and live-streamed. There will, however, be options to control whether or not your video and audio are enabled.

As part of your course, you will need access to a personal computing device. Unless otherwise stated activities will be web browser based and as a minimum we recommend a device with a physical keyboard and screen that can access the internet.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  8
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 4, External Visit Hours 4, Online Activities 10, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Other Study Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 65 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Other Study: Scheduled Group-work Hours (hybrid online/on-campus) - 4
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative Assessment:

The course will be assessed by means of the following component:

1) 'Story from the Future' 2000 Word Assignment (100%)

There will be one assignment for this course. 2000 words (or equivalent in the case of multimodal or non-textual formats).

The assignment will be in the form of a 'story from the future', building on at least one key issue in informal and lifelong learning, some historical materials and the speculative methods students have engaged with during the course. The story can take any form, as long as it can be digitised for submission: it might be a scrapbook, an interview, a piece of fiction, a diary, a series of media reports, advertising, or something else.
Feedback Feedback on the formative assessment may be provided in various formats, for example, to include written, oral, video, face-to-face, whole class, or individual. The course organiser will decide which format is most appropriate in relation to the nature of the assessment.

Feedback on both formative and summative in-course assessed work will be provided in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course.

Feedback on the summative assessment will be provided in written form via Learn, the University of Edinburgh's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Formative Feedback:
- Pre-intensive heritage thinking task (staff and peer feedback);
- Speculative methods tutorial feedback, intensive day 2 (staff and peer feedback);
- Peer feedback on draft final assignment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically reflect on how education futures have been represented.
  2. Understand and analyse potential roles of cultural heritage in envisioning rich futures for informal and lifelong learning, and apply this to the creation of imagined futures.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of speculative methods and techniques, and skill in using these to develop and critically analyse stories of learning futures.
Reading List
Indicative Reading List:

Biesta, G. (2006) 'What's the Point of Lifelong Learning if Lifelong Learning Has No Point? On the Democratic Deficit of Policies for Lifelong Learning', European Educational Research Journal, 5(3-4), pp. 169-180. doi: 10.2304/eerj.2006.5.3.169.

Clover, D. E. and Sanford, K. (2020) 'Educating Epistemic Justice and Resistance Through the Feminist Museum Hack: Looking and Acting with Another Eye', Museum International, 72(1-2), pp. 56-67. doi: 10.1080/13500775.2020.1743057.

Eynon, R. and Young, E. (2021) 'Methodology, Legend, and Rhetoric: The Constructions of AI by Academia, Industry, and Policy Groups for Lifelong Learning', Science, Technology, & Human Values, 46(1), pp. 166-191. doi: 10.1177/0162243920906475.

Facer, K. (2016). Using the Future in Education: Creating Space for Openness, Hope and Novelty. In H. E. Lees & N. Noddings (Eds.), The Palgrave International Handbook of Alternative Education (pp. 63-78). Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Holst, J. D. (2018) 'From Radical Adult Education to Social Movement Learning', in Milana, M. et al. (eds) The Palgrave International Handbook on Adult and Lifelong Education and Learning. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 75-92. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-55783-4_5.

Priyadharshini, E. (2019) 'Anticipating the apocalypse: Monstrous educational futures', Futures, 113, p. 102453. doi: 10.1016/j.futures.2019.102453.

Ross, J. (2018) 'Speculative Method as an Approach to Researching Emerging Educational Issues and Technologies', in Ravenscroft, J. and Hamilton, L. (eds) Building Research Design in Education: Theoretically Informed Advanced Methods. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Sabeti, S. (2017) Creativity and Learning in Later Life: An Ethnography of Museum Education. Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315676340.

Sandford, R. (2019). Thinking with heritage: Past and present in lived futures. Futures, 111, 71-80.

Smith, L. (2006). Uses of Heritage. Routledge.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical thinking, independent research, knowledge integration, digital literacy, inquiry, creativity and inventive thinking, planning and organising, flexibility, written communications.
KeywordsCultural Heritage,Informal Learning,Lifelong Learning,Museum Education
Course organiserDr Jen Ross
Tel: (0131 6)51 6133
Course secretaryMiss Abby Gleave
Tel: (0131 6)51 1337
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