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Paul Haywood: speaker at Forum for Access and Continuing Education
2 – 4th July , 2014. University of Salford.

Paul Haywood: speaker at Forum for Access and Continuing Education

Professor Paul Haywood presented the paper “Co-operative Learning Action Networks (CLAN): A process of citizen led invention supporting democratising educational practices” at the Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE) 21st conference held at the University of Salford on 2nd – 4th July, 2014. This paper was a collaboration with Ruth Potts (University of Salford) and references ongoing practice involving a network of organisations working with community education, local activists, university academics, and officers from Union Learn and the TUC. The paper will be published in the conference Journal later in the year.  

ABSTRACT: In the UK context, one of the consequences of the new settlements for Further and Higher Education is that post-16 education is becoming ever more limited and limiting. Specifically older candidates potentially engaging with continued or advanced learning for the first time (or those re-entering education following redundancy, forced career change or educational and career interruption) are largely excluded or dissuaded from opportunities.  

Addressing these needs will require a close partnership between multiple agencies currently affecting educational engagement or delivering qualifications. It will demand a fresh assessment of the role of culture led learning, enterprise learning and citizen inspired knowledge exchange in a relationship with professional educators in both the public and private sector. The Learning Co-operative is a concept currently under investigation via a broad and inclusive collaborative partnership in the Salford City region. It aims to provide an over-arching framework for rhizomatic education and open shell curriculum management and a comprehensive learning progression framework entirely owned by the participant.  

A careful design perspective and sensitively structured on-line environment incorporating tools for the personalisation and presentation of learning can cut across different types of provision or endeavour and support the concept of a Co-operative Learning Network. There is then the problem of designing learning recognition so that it may be accumulated and transferred as credit reliably between differing contexts. The major consideration in all of this is one of ownership and how might the individual address their learning assets and start to take control of their own representation, future development and investment choices. The emerging concept of a Co-operative Learning Action Network is an idea sponsored by the University of Salford. It moves us towards a common framework for learning recognition and progression; supporting flexible and active life-wide learning through collaborative endeavour and participation.