Session 6: Hidden Curriculum and Distance Education


This session will aim to reveal hidden curricula in educational infrastructures and everyday practice. Distancing education from traditional pedagogical dogmas to think of learning in an expansive scope, we will take up distance education as something more than a response to scarcity or an inclination towards independent management.

Through an engagement with various concepts of distance, we will locate ourselves in a vantage that illuminates what it is we are learning, when we are learning. Guided by an effort to not only unpack, but to deploy hidden or secret knowledge and curriculum within and against educational models, this session will explore the potential of forms, gestures and articulations that take place across great distances and expanses of time.

Hidden Curriculum and Distance Education will lead to the preparation of a package of materials, resources, and ephemera, culminating in a correspondence project that will be posted to a traditional postsecondary institution. Throughout this session, the School will work to confront the impending potential of full automation, the end of work, and a continual flexing of “the future”, while preparing a lens through which to read the hidden, underrepresented and overrepresented positions in education capital.

Curriculum is led by the research interests of the instructors for each session’s students, with an underlying concern for the necessary maintenance of The School towards its eventual vacancy. Instructors are provided the opportunity to lead the group in any lesson, exercise, production, research, or exploratory activity they see fit as it relates to their own research or the larger interests of The School.

This session will be led by Caitlin Chaisson and Justin Langlois and will run on Friday, February 5, 2016 from 12pm to 3pm, 1535 West 3rd Avenue, Vancouver.

Enroll in this session here. Everyone is welcome.