Happy New Word? From pedagogy to technoheutagogy (offbeat video)

Here’s a slightly eccentric video presentation of Professor Alabaster McAlastair explaining the meanings of pedagogy, andragogy and heutagogy. At 5 minutes and 4 seconds long, it’s a quick and quirky guide to some of the terms used in educational theory.

The Prof. doesn’t mention gynegogy, relating to women’s learning, but does explain a relatively new concept of technoheutagogy – with a guide to pronunciation. A bit of research shows that Bill Pelz coined this word in response to developments in online learning. It’s becoming increasingly relevant, but not used very commonly, as MOOCs Massive Open Online Courses) are growing at a rapid pace. Bill Pelz is a Professor and Internet Academy Coordinator at Herkimer County Community College at Utica near New York.

The video is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj4U76-9eGI if you have any problems watching the embedded version.


There’s an excellent article on andragogy at http://www.infed.org/lifelonglearning/b-andra.htm and an online Andragogy group on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Andragogy-1848366?trk=myg_ugrp_ovr.

Please leave any comments or links to other relevant resources below.
Do you have any suggestions for new educational terms?
And finally…. who is the mysterious Professor Alabaster McAlastair?

About Ann Walker
Adult education and lifelong learning specialist and campaigner. LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/1GI0QK1

6 Responses to Happy New Word? From pedagogy to technoheutagogy (offbeat video)

  1. Ann Walker says:

    Another …gogy from LinKedIn’s Andragogy group via Jan Korbel:

    Synergogy is an alternative mode of education that can be examined in the light of the benefits and limitations of two traditional approaches, pedagogy and andragogy.

    More information at:

  2. @damoward says:

    So amazed that this ‘techno’ educational presentation uses an OHP. Must be a piss take.

  3. weaincumbria says:

    Reblogged this on .

  4. Bill Pelz says:

    Thanks for the mention! Feel free to poke around my website: http://www.technoheutagogy.com

    • Ann Walker says:

      Thanks so much for commenting Bill. It’s amazing how social medica can connect people across contintents. I will indeed poke around your website. The quote there from W. Gardner Campbell is well worth sharing.

      Many thanks again for getting in touch.

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