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    Kitchen and studio-based learning

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    cc-AT Joan

    The Great British Menu is back on UK television at the moment. I am not a fan of cooking programmes – though others are in my household – so, it’s on and inevitably I get caught up in it. Assessment is the central device in these reality programmes, …

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    Creative responsibility

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    Decisions decisions…

    I spent the day in the studio a few days ago with some of my band. This set of sessions has been going on for a while and we came armed with a list of parts that needed to be recorded and edited which would keep us busy …

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    Creating happiness and flow

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    Photo by Amauri Salas on Unsplash

    Listening to 6 Music this morning, Marie-Ann Hobbs noted how both Viv Albertine and Johnny Marr could not equate happiness with creativity. Instead, creativity seems to be something quite separate. – a drive to be productive.

    I do a lot of creative things and, …

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    The tweet is the new photograph

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    I am reading Susan Sontag’s seminal book On Photography from 1977. It’s interesting reading the book in an age where the act of photographing the world has exploded beyond what Sontag could have imagined – even though her critique of everyday photography takes the mass proliferation of the acquired image …

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    Crashing or connecting? Navigating the #twalk boundaries

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    The #connectedlearning space, in its many and various meanings, is central to my thinking about the future classroom. This is obviously epitomised in the concept of the #twalk. It was lovely to hear that Alex Spiers was leading a Twalk at the Liverpool University today – again looking at learning …

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    Rules of engagement – how to motivate students

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    I have been working with course teams across the University recently on a number of themes where there is a common articulation of a fundamental problem – how to engage students. Without marks. Many books have been written and many words spoken about this, but I am going to do …

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    A place for imagining – blue skies under the tree canopy

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    Tree canopy and blue sky in Ecclesall Woods

    Myself and a colleague have some difficult thinking to do this week. Exciting thinking, but difficult nevertheless. So, we could book out a teaching room lined with whiteboards for the day and see what happens, but that feels too ‘inward’ for what …

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    Attitudes, dispositions and learner maturity

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    Photo by Levi Bare on Unsplash

    I ran a series of workshops with an academic department last week. One of the key themes was the need to focus more on those learning outcomes that address learning and graduate capability. Our context was the challenge of engaging learners in formative assessment.…

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    Titling creative work – innovation and agency

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    As someone with a strong producer self-identity, I think crafting titles can be a useful way of capturing the essence of what you are trying to do and give you focus. This applies to books, articles, essays, student work, videos, songs, blog posts, photographs, paintings, performances… anything that involves a …

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    Learning through Co-production #MELSIG_SHU

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    Learning through co-production makes sense to me. It suggests a form of purposeful, active learning with peers. This is the approach we are taking at the next Media-Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group (MELSIG) event in Sheffield on 21st June. It’s not new for MELSIG – we’ve run workshops, co-produced research …

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    Global #Twalkday

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    Global #Twalkday

    Wednesday 3rd October 2018

    Theme: Doing, being, becoming, belonging and connecting

    Time: 3pm GMT (but options for other time zones to be decided)

    What is Twalkday?

    The Twalk will be co-ordinated globally and is planned to coincide with the start of a new academic year. It provides teachers …

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    Place is our starting point

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    “In Aristotle …we have a very powerful philosophy of place as the starting point for all other forms of existence.” (Cresswell, 2009, p. 2)

    This year will see the publication of my book Reimagining Spaces for Learning in Higher Education. Central to its thesis is the proposition that place and …

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