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What’s with calling this 'Incorporated Subversion' then?

Well, first up, 'James Farmer’s Radio Weblog' just 'aint that catchy ;o) and a fair bit more importantly I wanted a name that reflected me and my feelings.

So I, ahem, nicked it from David Squires' 1999 article ‘Educational Software and Learning: Subversive use and Volatile Design’ (.pdf).

Classy eh!

More seriously though I have really found Squires thoughts to be both reflective of what I’ve always believed and guiding in terms of helping me realize what I actually mean. He talks about successful design [and by implication facilitating learning as that which gives learners 'opportunities to work in environments which allow for idiosyncratic exploration and expression' and I could hardly agree more.

'Rather than design with constraint in mind, design with freedom and flexibility in mind… this emphasises the active and purposeful role of learners in configuring learning environments to resonate with their own needs, echoing the notions of learning with technology through 'mindful engagement''

More and more around me design is becoming a 10-step process, learning throughout education is being driven to pale rigidity and online, in particular, teachers and learners are suffocated by design and environments which allow very little or no room for or encouragement in exploration or expression.

As Hans Siggaard Jensen says in his manifesto: 'The competent person is a person who can transform information through judgment into knowledge.'

Incorporating subversion to me is pretty simple, allow people to subvert the system to suit themselves. Allow people to say what they really mean to whomsoever they want to say it. Have some faith in people and provide them with a platform and place from where to go…

Or something like that, we’ll see where it gets us…


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