In 2006, at the start of our SCEPTrE project at the University of Surrey, I commissioned an artist (Julian Burton) to draw a picture on our wall to provide us with a vision of the world we were trying to prepare students for. The picture is the product of his talent and imagination as he interpreted the conversations we had with him. It took me another 18 months to realise that in order to meet the aspirations in this vision we had to embrace the idea of not only lifelong learning but also lifewide learning. To prepare ourselves for the complexities and uncertainties of our future life we needed to draw on the learning, development and achievements we gain from all the experiences in our lives - the lives we have lived and the lives we are living. This epiphany led me to the idea of a lifewide curriculum to embrace educational designs that seek to empower and enable learners to create and integrate their learning and development from any aspect of their life and gain recognition within their higher education experience. In this article written for Lifewide Magazine I reflect on why a lifewide curriculum is essential for the future learning.
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To develop my understandings of how I learn and develop through all parts of my life by recording and reflecting on my own life as it happens.
I have a rough plan but most of what I do emerges from the circumstances of my life