On this episode, we talk about
- Self-directed degrees.
- Existential questions
- And wonder, how many grading systems would Einstein and Jesus fail
Our guests for episode 17 of experimentQ podcast are Sarah Bradley and Alan Webb, co-founders and core facilitators at OpenMasters.org - a platform for community powered and self-declared master degrees.
From Open Masters website - “It's an unconventional education you design for yourself around a vision of the person you want to become. We use it to bring focus and structure to our long-term goals, and to weave together all of the different things we want to do to get there, such as reading, courses, work, travel, apprenticeships, and dream projects.”
On this episode we discuss community approaches to learning, liberation, the knowledge of self, offloading the mind of a teacher, the value of unmeasurable learning and we play the future of education through the eyes of 2 imaginary and progressive policymakers.
Special thanks for the team at YIP for facilitating this connection to Open Masters, Philippe Greier from EduShift for connecting us with great educators in Sweden, and the team at CRI Paris for their financial and research support.
Now, please enjoy Episode 17 of experimentQ podcast, recorded on April 11th, in Jarna, Sweden.
About the episode guest
02:40 - What’s a true statement? Question from episode 15’s guest, Thomas Heide.
03:15 - Short life story by Sarah Bradley and Alan Webb
04:05 - Why education (as a career path)? Facilitating change by addressing the way we learn
05:45 - Learning highlights in 2018. Moments of silence when does community truly take shape
07:30 - On Failure: Watching for the second error
10:30 - On Success: Living in balance and moving from accomplishments to experiences
15:40 - What solution is OpenMasters part of? On popular education and liberation learning.
18:40 - How did Open Masters become a full-time project?
23:08 - On building the expertise and service the community of self-guided learners
26:05 - Challenges with self-directed learning
30:30 - How do we express/showcase self-organized learning experiences?
33:40 - Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights! On ways to organize the community
38:30 - On finding your WHY
40:50 - Teacher offloading while doing deep learning activities
48:00 - Deep transformational spaces. The future of learning/education
52:00 - The purpose of education
57:00 - Future assessment. Ways to make every learning path equal valuable
01:00:11 - How many tests/success measurements would Einstein or Jesus fail
01:02:25 - Schooling or unschooling?
01:06:00 - Must read books/resources
01:08:50 - Empathy game: If I was a teacher in a public school
01:13:00 - Empathy game: If I was a self-guided master student
01:16:15 - Empathy game: If I became the Minister of Education
- Schools and Universities as open public spaces
- Universal Basic Income
- Learning dividends
- Community farms within schools
- Commissioned artist as classroom companions
- No tests
- Funding family concealing
01:24:30 - Empathy game: If I became a benevolent ADs dictator
01:26:30 - Open microphone
- Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds
- A pattern Language
- The art of self-directed learning
- Pedagogy of the oppressed
- The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast!
- Open Master's website
- OM's reading list
- Open Master's on Facebook
- Do-It-Yourself Master’s Degree
- Movement for black lives policy platform