The Shoestring Initiative is a grassroots initiative to build community and support among first-generation students, staff, and faculty who identify as coming from poverty and/or living in poverty or working class backgrounds. As members of the University of Victoria community from poverty or working class origins ourselves, we recognize that our backgrounds come with shared strengths and experiences, as well as unique challenges that continue to influence our work and life at UVic.
This is a collection of notes on the creation of curricula through self orienteered gleaning, foraging, collating, creation and curation of activities. All the writings and the website act as an open copy book of the evolving and emerging ideas of education and models of learning available to everyone. Read more
Ragged University events are all free and never involve any money. People are warmly invited to bring along an item of food to share on the table and help take away what is left at the end, but there is no obligation. This is a free education project. Read more
This was a collision between 2 meanings of autism. The word’s meaning has broadened and shifted balance since able autism, asperger’s, has become recognised, and as another level of a condition whose severe versions had been recognised sooner. While more severe autism is a clearly visible condition, social deficits autism in folks of average ability had more struggle to be recognised, against interpreting as just part of character or of mental health. Read more
Ragged University is not about an organisation presiding over who gets to share or discuss ideas but much more a social enquiry into our means of learning. The notion that as an organised practice ‘Ragged University events’ are setting up people as authorities on subjects is a misapprehension of what is happening – events are situations where people have come together to share what they have invested their time in. Read more
It makes you wonder…
“It makes you wonder. All the brilliant things we might have done with our lives if only we suspected we knew how.”
ANN PATCHETT, Bel Canto
…and with our websites too.