This chapter looks beyond familiar and traditional ideas of university to consider spaces that support autonomous learning in which learning is situated within real, lifewide and lifelong experiences. It aims to help us think differently about learning in an age when universities are exposed to external disruptive forces that have changed other professions beyond recognition (Barber et al., 2013). Many of the book’s case studies reveal an altruistic spirit evident in mutually supportive networks characterised by ‘loosely tied co-operative modes of learning’ and which ‘function around more flexible links between participants on a more ad hoc basis’ (Cronin et al., 2016, p. 2). Following a review of coffee house education, we begin to consider this co-operative ideal in a study, stripped of its digitality, located in the English pub.
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