Heutagogy & Andragogy


The linked article discusses two terms that were new to me – Andragogy [refers to (the theory, method & practice of) adult education] and Heutagogy. It’s titled “Heutagogy and Lifelong Learning: A Review of Heutagogical Practice and Self-Determined Learning” by Lisa Marie Blaschke [I found it via a link on spigot (produced by the Digital Media & Learning Research Hub)]. Excerpted from the abstract:

Heutagogy, a form of self-determined learning with practices and principles rooted in andragogy, has recently resurfaced as a learning approach after a decade of limited attention. In a heutagogical approach to teaching and learning, learners are highly autonomous and self-determined and emphasis is placed on development of learner capacity and capability with the goal of producing learners who are well-prepared for the complexities of today’s workplace. … [T]his article defines and discusses the concepts of andragogy and heutagogy and describes the role of Web 2.0 in supporting a heutagogical learning approach. Examples of institutional programs that have incorporated heutagogical approaches are also presented; based on these examples and research results, course design elements that are characteristic of heutagogy are identified. …

[Note: The page for the abstract has links to the full text of the article as HTML, PDF, MP3 and ePub.]

[from Table 1: andragogy: self-directed learning, linear, getting students to learn (content); heutagogy: self-determined learning, non-linear design & learning approach, getting students to understand how they learn (process)]

A section titled “Heutagogy as an Extension of Andragogy” begins with “The heutagogical approach can be viewed as a progression from pedagogy to andragogy to heutagogy, with learners likewise progressing in maturity and autonomy (Canning, 2010, see Figure 2). …” and contains the following graph.

Figure 2

 Education 3.0

Here’s an article that relates the top of this hierarchy to “Education 3.0“:
Education 3.0 and the Pedagogy (Andragogy, Heutagogy) of Mobile Learning which includes this comparison:


It then broadens the discussion. “Even though heutagogy is usually defined and described for adult learners, … learners as young as the elementary level have the potential to engage in educational experiences based on heutagogy [my emphasis]. In other words, they can engage in self-determined and self-driven learning where they are not only deciding the direction of their learning journey but they can also produce content that adds value and worth to the related content area or field of study.” The author then gives examples of using mobile technology in each framework – pedagogy, andragogy (project-based learning), heutagogy.

Community of Practice

There’s a site devoted to Heutagogy Community of Practice (Advancing the Theory and Practice of Self-Determined Learning), which has pages for a definition of and perspectives on (a blog about) heutagogy.

Another related article is “Heutagogy: designing for self-directed learners“.

Other “…agogy” words

From linkbacks to one of the sites I reference, I found “Learning-agogy Overload” and “From Pedagogy to Communagogy and Everything in Between“. Both share terms that get at more nuance in exploring ways people learn.

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Connected Learning – Videos, Infographic, Principles

Thanks to Bram Moreinis for a pointer to a post on Scott McLeod‘s Dangerously Irrelevant site (Technology, Leadership and the Future of Schools).

The post in question reviews 5 videos on connected learning from the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub. Scott says, “Here are four very powerful videos … that are guaranteed to make you think hard about learning, teaching, and schooling. You can watch them all in less than half an hour. My quick notes from the videos are included underneath each one…” The videos are:

  • Engaged (7 minutes; Connie Yowell)
  • Everyone (7 minutes; Mimi Ito)
  • Play (7 minutes; Katie Salen)
  • Creative (5 minutes, Nichole Pinkard)
  • Essence (8-minute summary video … which includes some of the best pieces from each video above plus some new stuff)

There’s also an infographic on Connected Learning.

See also another page, on Connected Learning Principles.

You might also want to explore the “Did you Know” videos – there are 5 versions: Gone Fischin’; 2.0; 3.0 (on YouTube); 4.0; 5.0 – Iowa.

[written Aug 5, 2011] The Did You Know? (Shift Happens) videos have been seen by at least 40 million people online and perhaps that many again during face-to-face conferences, workshops, etc. This week saw the release of the latest version, this one focused on the state of Iowa. Titled Iowa, Did You Know?, the video is aimed at Iowa policymakers, citizens, and educators and is intended to help them feel a greater sense of urgency when it comes to changing our schools.

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Education is being transformed

I came across an interesting set of interviews at the Ed Tech online magazine titled “What Is Web 3.0, Really, and What Does It Mean for Education?” The three people interviewed discuss how education is on the verge of real transformation in part due to what is possible through newly available technology. Students will be more engaged and enabled, directing their own learning and collaborating more with others.

The site pointed to a related article titled “Recipe for Success: An IT director reveals the thinking behind his district’s efforts to build a technology infrastructure from scratch.” It discusses the experience of the city of Trussville, Alabama setting up a school system from scratch. The way they implemented technology to support the mission of education is quite interesting.


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Empowering Girls

I ran across two Washington Post articles this morning dealing with the empowerment of girls. The first is about a D.C. couple who have launched a web site called A Mighty Girl that identifies books and movies with girl-empowering themes. The second is about encouraging girls’ interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields.

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Library Guides

star I got a pointer to Spartan Guides, a treasure-trove of organized links to web sites useful in education. The home page lists the most popular guides. Each of the guides has dozens of categories, which then often break down to sub-categories. Each final page has lots of information. For instance, the New Tools guide includes Digital Storytelling and Google Docs and Apps among it nearly 50 sub-categories.

On the Google Apps page I’d recommend two downloadable Google for Teachers PDFs. The first includes info on uses of Google Maps, including Math Maps (has placemarks with related math questions identified by elementary grade level – Kindergarten through 5th grades) and Climate Change Data (has placemarks tied to current and historical weather data). The second has a section on building custom search engines which I may use to organize links to shareable images. There’s lots more than the few items I’ve mentioned here.

The library producing the above has a wiki page with yet more information. Many of the links take you to pages done by Joyce Valenza using Only2Clicks. These pages have a thumbnail of the relevant web page for each link. There are too may good categories for me to pick just a few. Have a look.

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Rural School & Community Trust

The Rural School and Community Trust ” is a national nonprofit organization addressing the crucial relationship between good schools and thriving communities.”

“The Rural Trust provides a variety of services—training, networking, technical assistance, coaching, mentoring, research—and materials to increase the capacity of rural schools, teachers, young people, and communities to develop and implement high quality place-based education.”

The site seems to get new material relatively infrequently. The information is accessible via targeted audience (administrators, teachers, students, etc.) and category (Funding/Grants/Scholarships, Networks/Groups, Place-Based Learning, etc.)

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Horizon Reports redux

I’ve written before about the Horizon Reports. Those currently available are, as always, rich sources for considering what the near future (0-5 years) seems to hold for educators. You’ll need to create a free account to download them.

For higher education, there are three documents. I’d suggest reading at least the executive summary of the full Higher Ed report which goes into detail about 2 trends forecast to be important in each in three time ranges – one year or less, two to three years, four to five years. Supplement it with the Shortlist, which discusses 4 trends in each of those time ranges.

For K-12 educators, there’s the 2011 Horizon K-12 Report. Again, I’d suggest at least the executive summary. I found the Challenge Based Learning Report, which discusses experience with implementation projects, quite interesting as well.

There are links to past years’ reports and ones that cover other arenas – non-US regions, for museums, and more.


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