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Enhancing employability
via Community Challenge
Phil Johnson
“Punk was actively discouraged if not banned during 1976 and
1977… This resulted in an underground distribution and production
network which turned necessity into a virtue: it was easy and
cheap, go and do it. These ideals of access – which have been
expanded by the internet – have become one of Punk’s enduring
(Savage, 2001, England’s Dreaming, p. xv, emphasis added)
It’s a swindle? (rough transcript from
The Great Rock n Roll Swindle, 1980)
Rotten: (quietly) …coz the country’s
in a right state…
Interviewer: (patronisingly) And so
what do you intend to do about it?
Rotten: Make it worse
From the edupunk
blogosphere in a
debate over the
term’s precise
@sleslie cited by
They got
more than
views on
in one
Everything starts with an E (learning)?
“The north-west of Britain is better
known for its urban wastelands and
decaying industries than its
nightlife, but between 1989 and
1991 …the otherwise unremarkable
town of Blackburn became the
centre of a DiY party movement”
(Hemment, 1998: 209)
Total Anarchy?
(without rulers)
(to guide)
= guiding
without rulers
"will help more accurately deploy
officers, especially after another
round of staff cuts” (NBC, January
Customers who smash
glasses also (buy/read)…
“This is the next era of policing… very soon we
will be using a predictive policing model
where, by studying real-time crime patterns,
we can anticipate where a crime is likely to
occur.” (William Bratton, Former Commissioner
of NYPD and Chief of LAPD)
“The technology predicts
where crimes are likely to
occur in place-based
prediction boxes as small
as 500 feet by 500 feet.
Officers are briefed at roll
call on the highestprobability “hot spots” for
that day and devote extra
attention to those areas—
as much as fifteen minutes
every two hours.”
“In contrast to technology that analyzes and
maps past crime for some hints at the future—
a kind of “rear view mirror” policing—PredPol
tells law enforcement what is coming.”
(Morozov, 2011; 2013)
3D printers?
May 2013: 100,000 downloads of ‘the
Liberator’ (27 hours to ‘make’ @ cost
of £22 for materials and a £1,800
Personal remote
presence drones?
Wenceslaus Hollar (1663)
B0007052 Credit Neil Webb
Employability expectations from employers:
1. Business and
customer awareness
5. Application of information
2. Problem solving
6. A ‘can-do’ approach
3. Communication and
7. Entrepreneurship/enterprise
4. Application of
(Pegg et al, 2012, Pedagogy for
Employability, p19)
Degrees of edupunk
Community Challenge
A Massively Open Online
Course (MOOC) or just a
Alternative assessment?
Alternative marking? (accessed 19 May 2013)
You tube!
“YouTube turns eight years old today, reminding each of us in
some odd way how young or old we really are… the company
launched back in 2005, the same year that Michael Jackson
was found not guilty of child molestation, and Lance
Armstrong was winning his seventh Tours De France…
A lot has changed since then, but YouTube’s growth remains
strong as ever… its community now uploads more than 100
hours of video to the platform every minute… four days worth
of video every sixty seconds…
YouTube claims that more than one billion people across the
world come to YouTube for content each month, which comes
out to nearly one in every two people who have access to the
Repurposing assessments
Criminology Today
Justice Today
‘Educational PunKtums’
“it … rises from the scene, shoots out of it like
an arrow, and pierces me… it also refers to
the notion of punctuation … for punctum is
also: sting, speck, cut, little hole – and also a
cast of the dice. A photograph’s punctum is
that accident which pricks me but also
bruises me, is poignant to me”
(Barthes, 1981: 26-7, emphasis added).
in 2013-14?
Number of
Usual word limit per
FdA Criminology (2 years)
BA Criminology (per year)
HND Criminology (2 years)
4,000 (inc.exams) and
10,000 for the dissertation
(plus 4 exams)
Anarchogogy in action:
[email protected]
Barthes, R. (1981) Camera lucida. New York: Hill & Wang.
Hemment, D. (1998) “Dangerous dancing and disco riots: the northern warehouse
parties” in G. McKay (ed) DIY Culture: party & protest in Nineties Britain. London: Verso,
pp. 208-228.
Morozov, E. (2011) The Net Delusion. Allen Lane: London.
Morozov, E. (2013) To Save Everything Click Here. Allen Lane: London
Pegg, A., Waldock, J., Hendy-Isaac, S. and Lawton, R. (2012) Pedagogy for employability
URL (accessed 22 May 2012)
Savage, J. (2001) England’s Dreaming. London: Faber and Faber.

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