Open Learning Ireland – Vacant Spaces Expedition 20th October 2012

Open Learning Ireland – Vacant Spaces Expedition – 20th October 2012 Attending: Gareth Stack, Seb Dooris We took a walking tour of vacant properties in the city centre, and on the RED LUAS line. To check out, in person, what spaces might be suitable for our February pop-up. Sebastian Dooris took the photos below, which … Continue reading


New Hub for Online Courses

Online courses provided by major universities are nothing new. It’s now ten years since MIT’s Open Courseware allowed students anywhere on earth to virtually sit in on the most prestigious engineering courses imaginable, free. In the process negotiating the copyright and trademark labyrinth that stood in the way of truly free course materials. This in turn has helped … Continue reading

Idealab – Week 1

I’m attending a course called ‘Idealab’ at the Science Gallery. This is the first adult evening course ever to be offered free by the Science Gallery; and is a kind of incubator for design based projects that can have an impact on the city. I’m using this opportunity to promote Open Learning Ireland as an … Continue reading

Turning Learning On It’s Head

This article was originally published in the Spring 2012 Issue of AONTAS’s Explore Magazine. You can download a copy of that issue here. Lets start with a thought experiment, imagine a baby learning to talk – getting out its first few syllables, imitating it’s parents, until finally it can say a word, a complete sentence. … Continue reading

Minutes Open Learning Ireland Meeting – 15th October 2012

Also available as a PDF of Minutes (much easier to read) Attending: Niamh Farren (AONTAS), Gareth Stack, Naomi Elster, Shane Connelly, Robby Collins, Sebastian Dooris, Daniel Costigan Recent Contacts Review Gareth met Blaithin Quinn (detailed notes in previous post – Update on February… – in Google Group). – provided a tonne of info on organising … Continue reading

Unstructured Notes, Open Learning @ Ignite

These notes were originally part of research compiled for the lecture ‘Genius is as common as dirt‘, delivered at Ignite in the Electric Picnic, 2011. Download these notes as PDF.

Open Learning Ireland @ Dublin Contemporary (Video)

Open Learning Ireland’s first two day Pop-Up Exhibition occurred as part of ‘The Office Of Non-Compliance’, at Dublin Contemporary 2011.

Videos from Open Learning Ireland @ Exchange Dublin

Electronic music workshop. Mr Flibby, the theremin. Circuit bending a toy keyboard. Play workshop. More circuit bending action!

Genius is as common as dirt

This is the lecture that inspired Open Learning Ireland. For this lecture a detailed review of the literature on open educational methodologies and the free school movement was carried out. An executive summary is available below. ‘Genius is as common as dirt’ – Conclusions Agency is the enabler for learning – continually expanding the range … Continue reading

Update on plans for February Event

Hey folks, We need to get together to discuss all this stuff – There’s a tonne of updates to the project below… Most importantly to take a look at all the available buildings and work out which to peruse We also need to catch up with AONTAS early next week (possibly Monday) When suits folks? … Continue reading