OEEN2017: Ethnography as Slow Pedagogy in Higher Education

I had the pleasure last week to take part in the inaugural Oceania Ethnography and Education Network conference at Deakin University. And a pleasure it was indeed – so many opportunities to stitch together connections with other scholars, so many sandwiches (eaten promptly to please the tea lady!).

Along with my Curriculum Design Lab colleagues Wajeehah Aayeshah and Mitch Goodwin (absent in a haze of report writing), I presented on our work and/as ethnography in higher education. With ‘learning analytics‘ emerging as an HE future in which students are surveilled, surveyed, and statistically analysed into percentage products, I wondered about the possibilities for ethnography as an alternative. Since ethnography – like good learning – takes time, I started to sketch out a concept of slow pedagogy.

This was very much a work in progress presentation, and I’m still mulling. But I’ll soon be raging against the learning analytics machine over on the CD Lab blog (with a little help from Cardinal Newman, no doubt).

Big thanks to Jessica Walton and Martin Forsey for bringing the OEEN together. May there be many more conferences (and sandwiches) to come!


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