De Montfort’s Richard Hall on climate change and ‘resilient higher education’

June 22, 2010 at 7:21 am Leave a comment

by Alec Patton

I’ve just read a compelling blog post by De Montfort University e-learning coordinator Richard Hall on how Higher Education needs to respond to peak oil and climate change.

You may have been expecting that sentence to end with ‘budget cuts’, but it pays to look one or two crises ahead, and Hall does an admirable job of teasing out the issues, particularly of reducing energy consumption – in particular, he makes the point that reducing consumption isn’t just about reducing emissions, it’s about being prepared for energy scarcity.

Hall includes a particularly resonant quote from Warren Pearce, who writes that the concept (and increasingly viable lifestyle choice) of ‘cloud computing‘ ‘illuminate[s] our wider reliance on an “always on” energy supply, rather than the Fordist method of embedding a finite amount of energy in a ‘thing’.*

He also goes on to talk about what he calls a ‘curriculum for resilience’, drawing on the work of Charles Leadbeater, and talking about the importance of (surprise) enquiry-based learning, and, to use Demos’s rather lovely phrase, the Edgeless University.

You can read Hall’s full piece here.

*This comes from Pearce’s Do you feel lucky? Over-reliance on tech in a finite world

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Entry filed under: Education & Children's Services, Innovation Policy, Radical Efficiency.

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