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  1. amiddlet50

    Creative Assessment – what is it?

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    In higher education assessment is recognised as a driving force for student engagement and curriculum design. How does this tally with a desire for active student-centred learning? How can it accommodate the artistry in the academic practitioner who seeks to … Continue reading ?
  2. amiddlet50

    Being smarter than AI – rethinking our assessment design?

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    The discussion channels used by educational developers have been dominated by the topic of ChatGPT since the New Year. There are two dimensions to this: concerns over academic integrity and the opportunity ChatGPT and other AI tools bring to assessment. … Continue reading ?
  3. amiddlet50

    A Man Walked into a Bar: humour, space, self-deprecation, #activelearning

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    In this post I explore the pedagogy of humour in the context of higher education teaching and learning and begin to realise there’s more to humour in the classroom than having a bit of fun! This was my starting point, … Continue reading ?
  4. amiddlet50

    Absence of detail and the value of ambiguity in art and education

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    This post pulls together ideas about the value of ambiguity and space in art and education by drawing upon my diverse experiences as educator, artist, and musician. It wanders! In some ways, it is about creating room to wander. I hope you it connects with your own wanderings. Continue reading ?
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    Transparency, turbulence, ambiguity and uncertainty in #activelearning

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    “One student’s safe uncertainty is another student’s chaotic nightmare.” (Orr & Shreeve, 2018) Based on research I conducted with others into student satisfaction of learning (Heaton et al., 2015), being clear with students about what is expected of them has … Continue reading ?
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    Deviation and self-determination #activelearning

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    In a previous post I suggested that the art of teaching to an active learning philosophy is about creating loose structures so that each and every student has the space to bring their own knowledge, experience and imagination to their … Continue reading ?
  7. amiddlet50

    Crisis – what crisis? A time for academic innovation

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    At Wonkfest I attended a panel session titled Changing the Culture of Changing the Culture in which Charlotte Summers, who is Head of Commercial Development at the RSA, referred to the RSA’s excellent Future Change Framework. Admittedly, I am a … Continue reading ?
  8. amiddlet50

    Fluency – standing, walking, dancing

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    Being able to distinguish between skills, literacy and fluency is a perennial part of my job as an educational developer. This is most visible in thinking about how to communicate and engage people in conversations to do with digital capabilities, … Continue reading ?
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    Revisting the 5Cs to discover value for different times

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    I have had an immense feeling of warmth and solidarity this evening as good thoughts and memories have been triggered by Sheila’s post on How Sheila Sees It ‘Bring your own device for learning or bringing learning to your device?’ … Continue reading ?
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    Structure and memory-mapping in #activelearning

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    The idiom ‘from pillar to post’ both indicates the role of structure in a journey and cautions that substance, purpose and clarity are needed if an experience is to be fruitful. In the previous post, I discussed divergence and convergence … Continue reading ?
  11. amiddlet50

    Playing with divergence and convergence: designing #ActiveLearning

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    Active learning is a process of opening up and closing down possibilities. Whether you look at course, module, session or activity design, knowing that your role as an academic is to play with divergence and convergence can be really helpful. … Continue reading ?
  12. amiddlet50

    The problem with communities… a consideration of alternatives

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    Why do I explore ideas like being, belonging and becoming in relation to networks, but I hardly talk about communities any more? In this post I will look at why networks and affinity spaces more than communities have come to … Continue reading ?
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    Curation as a pedagogy #activelearning

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    This article considers the agency of the learner in an active learning context. It considers curation as an act of making; more than taking, the learner processes artefacts to discover new knowledge. Curation is an iterative learning activity of collecting, … Continue reading ?
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    Get active- watch TV

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    My colleague Jason Williams at ARU’s DigiFest (#ARUDigifest) introduced our academics to Box of Broadcasts (BoB), a service provided by the British University’s Film & Video Council (BUFVC). The service provides access to 65 ‘free-to-air’ channels and their current and … Continue reading
  15. amiddlet50

    Co-creation and epistemic fluency – the real legacy of Web 2.0 and social media for learning

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    Tomorrow’s professionals will require an enhanced capacity for collaboration, co-operation and creative thinking (Markauskaite and Goodyear, 2016). Mclaughlan & Lodge (2019) draw parallels between epistemic fluency and design thinking to position the design studio as a relevant pedagogical model with an … Continue reading
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    Teaching ‘whole people’ holistically – understanding co-operative learning

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    Andresen, Boud and Choen (2000) set out criteria for experience-based learning. The goal of experience-based learning involves something personally significant or meaningful to the students; Students should be personally engaged; Reflective thought and opportunities for students to write or discuss … Continue reading
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    Blogging as a site of embodiment, co-production and enculturation

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    In this post I look at blogging as a studio space by reflecting on how and why I blog. A study of studio is a study of embodiment: the “embodied occupational engagement in constructing meaning [and how] the occupations in … Continue reading
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    Table gallery for Media-Enhanced Teaching & Learning #activelearning #ARUengage

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    I led three workshops at yesterday’s Engage Learning & Teaching conference at Anglia Ruskin University.. In one of them, I used the table gallery technique that I turn to frequently as a way to engage participants in topics where there … Continue reading
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    Standing, walking and crawling in action #activelearningNTW

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    The Standing, Walking, Crawling workshop I ran at yesterday’s Active Learning Conference worked remarkably well! Here’s the proof. This is what we made when responding to the challenge to design a novel active learning pedagogy unconstrained by furniture. Three groups, … Continue reading
  20. amiddlet50

    Walks as Learning Space

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    Learning walks exemplify conversational learning spaces. In this post I reflect on how I designed the learning walk I conducted today for the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Social Sciences Learning Spaces Group which I am mentoring as they plan … Continue reading

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