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Hall, Huxley but also, Thompson, Nkansah-Butah, Young, Ulrich, Sarreal, Stevic, Troy, Wright, Walker/s, Martin and Jordan & our computer

Stuart Hall’s ([1973], 2012) theory of Encoding and Decoding has informed my thinking on the expansive ways we exchange knowledge, not least through visual media, see Decoding _w: Stuart Hall video below, where I discuss his theory in his living room.

Trying to conceptualize education in a succinct thought is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. How we are educated, and/or how we educate is a mix of processes, that is made up of several lines of exchanges happening all at once. Just imagine the iconic diagonal crossing at Oxford Circus that see over 80 million people each year, see video below. Where people move in multiple directions at once, and while they’re moving they’re sometimes talking, sometimes on their phones, and sometimes simply shrugging their shoulders. On top of the movement of people and their words and body language being exchanged, there is the robotics – I would like to call robot girl – of the traffic light coordination influencing this movement; alongside people’s perception and their immediate comments on social media. We know that visitors to Oxford Circus, are from diverse backgrounds from all over the world, they come with disparate positions and ideologies, yet they cross at the diagonal crossing and brush against each other’s schisms.

To trouble Huxley (1932) famous statement on education – ‘Experience is not what happens to you. It’s what you do with what happens to you’. I would say experience isn’t one event but perhaps a merger of events, and today these events and how you react to them [or what you do with…] are happening simultaneously.

We have come to realize we are in qualitative exchange mode of education, where we’re learning through curated channels of communication – with a range of encoding and decoding problematics. There many scenarios to figure – our students have figured out how to hack a computer and Android that you’re teaching them how to design. We are learning online, and in the coffee shop in groups,  and in our living room space while a range of other events is playing out. One is doing this while interacting with social media because there is a Whats Up group for Inclusive Teaching and Learning unit and they are conducting a rallying call as we get near to deadlines. Then there are members of your Teaching and Learning tutor ‘discussion’ group (listed in the title). These are all a set of interrelated pedagogical events and environments and peoples that inform our learning outcomes today.

It’s wonderful to know that  UAL is head and shoulders with the more academic university such as UCL and Warwick University in receiving the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)  silver award , but as suggested by Jordan in her notes, as tutors we should be pushing for more qualitative modes to co-exist with the university learning spaces such as the classroom, library, prayer room, canteen, and halls.



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