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Heutagogy, a form of self-determined learning with practices and principles rooted in andragogy, has recently resurfaced as a learning approach after a decade of limited attention. In a heutagogical approach to teaching and learning, learners are highly autonomous and self-determined and emphasis is placed on development of learner capacity and capability with the goal of producing learners who are well-prepared for the complexities of today’s workplace. The approach has been proposed as a theory for applying to emerging technologies in distance education and for guiding distance education practice and the ways in which distance educators develop and deliver instruction using newer technologies such as social media. 


Author/source: Ricardo Fox




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I was fairly familiar with Paedagogy before the Gogies sprints. Andragogy and Heutagogy labeled types of learning I was familiar with under different names and associations. While the readings were helpful I found myself leaning towards online learning communities that were talking about the gogies through different threads. I found it interesting the different thoughts towards each gogie and its connectedness to styles and programmes of teaching and learning. I found visuals more readily able to decipher and compare through the sprint for my own learning.


I believe that educators and students in a learning community need to be provided the skills to be heutagogical learners. Sometimes we need to free up the reigns and provide support.


I realised that often management in schools can be the handbrake on self determined learning. In a lense untinted I can see that as a leader I am consistently coaching towards teachers self directed learning through TAI when there needs to be a point where I need to step back and let the teachers determine where there own reflections lead them.

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