I am going to be writing some shortcodes for blogging
A shortcode is a short way of writing something that is long and complicated and they always go in the square brackets [ shortcode ]
The two created so far are:
Working Class Heroes in/out of Academia: a Conference
Area of Learning: Activism
A working class conference, because we do not want to be like the folks on the hill.
The goal of our coming together is simple enough. We want to create a conference, a get-together, a celebration of working class people doing excellent things. Too often, it seems the only route open is one of assimilation into middle class society. Even when the focus of our work is working class in origin, reflection,. focus and purpose it is recognised only when accepted by another strand of our messy but vibrant society.
Academics, artists, film-makers, poets, writers, educators of all kinds are vibrant, creative, brilliant - and often we only get to see each other when we are selected for celebration by others, others from a class apart, apparent owners of the right to accept or reject.
Not here, this conference is going to be ran by, for, with working class people. This is a call to show that difference is necessary, not only for social justice, equality and fairness. It is also a necessary newness that escapes the creaming off of a select few, leaving abandonment as the only political, economic rhetoric that describes the majority of us. Accented, authentic, diverse and unapologetic, this is an opportunity for assertive claiming of the recognition of our brilliance that is not first mediated by a different class.
This does not mean a free for all, it means we will establish just how working class cultures, ideas, experiences, places, peoples, thinkings, art, writings, ethos's, energies are are the absolute equal of anything that exists in then well-funded, government recognised and powerful middle class spaces.
What we hope for is a coming together of working class beauty in July 2020. This is an assertion, not an apology, It is a celebration, not a request for recognition by others.
Initial thoughts have included multiple venues, across Blackburn as the first host of this necessary idea. This is a request for interest, a call for papers/ films/ presentations/ performances will come in january. Right now, we want expressions of interest, curators of various aspects of the conference. This will be one to everyone, and the call has to be open to multiple expressions, howls, calls for inclusion.
You might explore Working Class film that recognises it is more than 'lighting a flame' (Danny Leigh) and is much more complex in a world structured around privilege. WE still make film though and we hope to create a film festival element to the conference - what this looks like will depend on who submits and who takes on a role of curation. A poetry night, a performance space, an art exhibition, psycho-geographic exploration, music, writing, academic research, all welcome.
This COOC is just a safe, free, working class space for collaboration, discussion and a coming together of ideas. Please come, no criteria of entry and involvement beyond the desire to recognise the beauty of a working class that is diverse and needs to be able to speak itself, without mediation.
Gonzo Guide to Study Skills
Area of Learning: Education
What are Study Skills? What is Gonzo? These questions and more will be explored in this collaborative course. After years in education, I am starting a new module in Study Skills, the first time I have done this for other people. It is a wonderful opportunity to develop a course in which those doing it become the ones making it - as we go along, we create our own resources based on experiences, new knowledge, myths shattered, ideas formed and practical steps that will allow us to become better academics.
That is the study skills bit - it is also the Gonzo bit! Gonzo pedagogy is the idea that we can create together, place ourselves at the centre of the learning, and create what the knowledge is based on what we need, what our experiences are. As we start this course together, we are learning with, from and through each other. What it looks like is down to us (whoever 'us' is, we will have this open to anyone!).
The sap of this course is rising, energy is alive within us, let's create!
The Dancing Princesses
Area of Learning: Education
- Want to know more about COOCs?
What is the purpose of COOCS? We see it as a real opportunity to give learning and teaching to those that really value it and perhaps have limited access to it. It is not about courses and accreditation, colleges and fees, it is about the joy of discovery, of sharing and being able to create and learn in a supportive community. The courses in this category are about the 'why' of COOCs and we would love you to be involved and give us your thoughts.
We have made a COOC that explores some of the presentations, articles and talks that have helped shape COOCs since the idea began to form. There is no fixed point that we are striving for, veery day will hopefully see something, someone, new take learning and teaching to a new place.
We would love your thoughts so please add any comment and help us learn more about the ways we teach/ learn/ share.
- Mental Health
This category contains courses which are involved in the area of mental health
- Learning Moodle
Here you will find courses that will help you to learn Moodle by learning how different components of courses can be used in building your course.
The study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.
- Literacy Literacy is the ability to read and write. The inability to do so is called illiteracy or analphabetism. Visual literacy also includes the ability to understand visual forms of communication such as body language, pictures, maps, and video. Evolving definitions of literacy often include all the symbol systems relevant to a particular community. Literacy encompasses a complex set of abilities to understand and use the dominant symbol systems of a culture for personal and community development. In a technological society, the concept of literacy is expanding to include the media and electronic text, in addition to alphabetic and number systems. These abilities vary in different social and cultural contexts according to need, demand and education.
Sport (or sports) is all forms of usually competitive physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing entertainment to participants, and in some cases, spectators. Hundreds of sports exist, from those requiring only two participants, through to those with hundreds of simultaneous participants, either in teams or competing as individuals.
Education in its general sense is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, or research.
Courses for and around Information Technologies
- The Arts
Courses based on the Arts
- Social Studies
Course on Social Studies
Studies on the environment
- Becoming Animal
COOCs hopes to create a space in the world for our engagement with the natural, the ecology and the shared spaces in which we live. This can be many things, it is around how we engage with the world around us, appreciate it, promote or conserve it.
By creating COOCs that explore the concept of 'Becoming Animal' we as a community define it. Think and feel your way around the theme and add your ideas, we can learn and grow as we go.
- An Equal and Fair World
A range of courses here that are able to discuss various ways in which we create a fair and equal world. These may be about raising awareness, sharing different cultures and practices and even sharing your own approach to life.
- Hearing Voices and Unusual Beliefs
Recovery from psychosis simply means finding hope for the future and finding a way to start living and enjoying life again. Instead of asking what's wrong we can begin to think about what happened.
We discover how to make sense through sharing thoughts and ideas and learn how to use these relationships to create new ways of seeing, thinking and doing.
The courses in this category are not meant to be instructional. They offer an opportunity for families, people with lived experience and mental health professionals to enter into discussion.
- Poetry and Words of all Kinds
Whatever language is it defines much of what we are. The COOCs here are open to any approach to language as you live it, breathe it and say it...or write or sing it.
- Hack the Library! Hack the Library is an exciting opportunity to take communal spaces in the library and be creative. This COOC space is a part of that and a chance to let that free flowing creativity and positivity operate in a wider space. Anyone can teach and anyone can learn and this collaboration allows all of us to get involved, teach something and learn something together.
- Sustainable Acre
We are living in a time of huge technological advances and our knowledge and awareness of our home planet, and its inhabitants, has never been greater. So why is it that all over the world our environment is being decimated by thoughtless and greedy corporations? I believe that it is the wasteful nature of the modern lifestyle that is contributing to this problem, by feeding the larger businesses who do the most damage. What can we do on an individual, or small community level, to fight back and balance the negative effects?
This is a space for discussion and the sharing of knowledge and information regarding our journey to create a more sustainable and low impact life. As part of a long-term plan, we plan to source, develop and maintain a plot of land into our very own sustainable acre and hope that, through an open forum such as this, we can start a learning process which enables everybody to teach and learn about sustainability together.
The courses in this category are linked to the 'A Sustainable Acre' network - visit us on Facebook too
- Bethany Project, Tanzania
The courses in this category are developed by the staff and volunteers of the Bethany Project.
We are a small team of Christians working together to help the most vulnerable children and people in a rural area of Tanzania. East Africa. We are involved in providing financial support and volunteers to visit both long and short term to share in the work both here and in Tanzania. As of February 2015 caring for a total of 127 children Contact: Graham Pountain email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel 01254 879694
Our vision is to provide education for the very poorest of children in line with our aims and objectives. Therefore we do not charge fees. Donations from supporters cover all expenses including school uniforms, text and exercise books, teachers salaries and two meals per day, breakfast and lunch.
see some clips of Bethany here
- Tutor Voices Tutor Voices is a new democratic campaigning network for educators in the Further, Adult, Community and Skills sector. All voices are welcomed.
We are working to promote learning opportunities on a range of subjects and in a wide and diverse number of ways. The COOCs courses allow us to share knowledge and thinking for free and we hope you engage with us to develop a rich and exciting opportunities to learn together.
- Technology Enhanced Learning
This category is a place to share ideas about teaching and learning with technology. You can include play, experimentation, new ideas, trying things out or showing others what you have made.
- SET for Teaching Success
This is the place to find details for the SET teaching excellence programme.
- SMART PHONE THINKING
Ever wanted to know how to make the most of your new smartphone? Whether you're a new smartphone user or someone who is familiar with the basics but wants to know more - then this course is just for you!
In the meta-category are courses related to expression of self, of community. The categories within are split into ways of using this expression into areas of wellbeing, creative practice or other approaches to expression you create.
In this category are course categories for those making a difference to their world. Each sub-category can be created for use with particular activist groups, volunteer collectives or those communities coming together to make changes that improve how we live.
Will keep you updated as I add more so let me know what would be useful đź™‚