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Adult Basic Education: A Digest

Adult basic education is one of the most challenging and innovative areas of educational provision in Britain today.  It covers basic literacy and numeracy for all adults, including those for whom English is a second language.

It also covers the related communication and coping skills which are an essential foundation for other learning or for autonomy in everyday life.  It is based on principles of open access and learners’ rights to define their own learning needs and to take part fully in the decisions that affect their learning.  There is a commitment to learner-centred methods including the right to individual tuition and to exploring new methods of learning which do not simply repeat or continue traditional schooling.

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Free University Brighton by Ali Ghanimi

Free University Brighton, or FUB, is a community-led initiative that organises and promotes practical and academic education – all of it free.

Established in Oct 2012, in response to the Government’s education cuts and the tripling of tuition fees, FUB is about getting people to share their knowledge and experience in social spaces and invites people to ask for things they want to learn through the website’s wish list. Read more

Systems Thinking: Flow by Andy Lipok

In order to understand flow we must first understand the current organisational theory, design and management in more detail. This can be best explained by exploring the relationship between our industrial past and our understanding of economics which has led to the theory of economies of scale, for which there are two main arguments:

  1. The organisation design argument: specialisation and standardisation will lead to lower costs and greater productivity.
  2. The savings argument: cost savings will be made through common IT systems, less buildings and fewer staff.

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Podcast: Privacy And Freedom In The Internet Age by Steve McIndoe

I am a librarian at the University of Manchester Library with fifteen years’ experience of working as an information professional in the business, government and Higher Education sectors and a keen interest in the impact of digital technology on society and culture. I got more closely involved in this subject through a request to develop an assessed academic module on the impact of digital technology on society. Read more