1. amiddlet50

    Place is our starting point


    “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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    All clear? It’s more than #feedback


    I am in the middle of a large programme of work at my university addressing assessment and feedback. I have always understood that addressing the enhancement of academic practice in this area is more complex than some of the hygiene-focused discourse suggests and the conversations we are having with academic …

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    Friendship and the classroom


    I attended a seminar today given by my colleague Emma Heron. I was fortunate enough to mentor Emma through a year-long research project looking at the role of friendship in the student experience. It was good to catch up today after several months and connect some of my own work …

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    #audiofeedback – join me in building a toolkit


    I would like to invite you to share your experience of using audio feedback and to become part of a network of voices. For those of you who use audio feedback, video feedback or screencast feedback this should be easy to do and, I hope, rewarding for you.

    What’s involved:…

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    What does studio mean to you? #learningspaces


    I would value your thoughts if you have ever studied or practised in a studio. Studios are used in many disciplines and I am trying to understand if there is an essential meaning and identity associated with the studio as a learning space or place of practice.

    Responses will inform …

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    Stretch your legs #lssig #twalk #TwalkBoundaries


    Join us for a Twalk tomorrow, Friday 28th July between 14:15 and 15:30 BST

    If you joined us at the end of May on the #MELSIG #SIGCLANS Twalk you will undoubtedly want to join us again – wherever you are. You will already understand how we can take a walk …

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    Ghost walks, palimpsest, psychogeography


    (cc) Julian Kucklict on Flick

    As a printmaker I was/am (?) obsessed with the subject of urban ‘witnesses’, Tinsley viaduct and the cooling towers outside Sheffield being a particular favourite subject for me. I painted, drew, photographed gasometers, weaving sheds, wind turbines and other edifices, old and new, that seem …

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    Studio for All – ecologically inclusive


    I have met with a colleague today who comes from a studio-based discipline and is thinking through how she will engage her international students. Immediately I find two fascinating dimensions here – the studio as an inherently inclusive space i.e. one that is designed for student-led co-operation. Second, if we …

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    Studio for all #uogapt


    I studied as an artist in a studio for five years. During this immersive experience in the 1990s that I learnt about the role of the studio as a place and context. Perhaps the strongest outcome of being an art student for me is best understood as that ‘way of …

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    Loud Quiet Loud #SHU_LT


    I am having a quiet moment. My train just got cancelled and it’s an hour until the next one.

    My initial commuter frustration has subsided. It’s been a long adrenalin-fueled day at our Learning & Teaching Conference (#SHU_LT), following a long day yesterday where I was presenting at Nottingham Trent’s …

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    Placemaking and digital kith #digciz


    Who are your kith?

    The idea of agency is implicit in the idea of kith: “a group of people living in the same area and forming a culture with a common language, customs, economy, etc., usually endogamous’ (dictionary.com). ‘Living’ and ‘forming’ clarify the roles we have as friends …

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    Digital Placemaking – a working definition


    There are three essential ideas in the concept of Digital Placemaking as a learning space:

    Making – the learner has agency. They are makers of their own space and experience. They are co-producers, who work with others to make a learning experience successful and memorable – and they have to…

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