1. amiddlet50

    Feedback: where learning begins #activelearning

    Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

    While the title of this post is intentionally contentious, it allows me to reflect on one or two recent discussions and reinforce some key ideas about active learning design, especially in the context of ‘unified’ active learning (UAL): how it is recorded and how activity …

  2. amiddlet50

    What is co-operative learning?


    I was asked by the Co-operative College: ‘what do I understand by the term co-operative learning?’ My response will sit alongside others in an introductory online course on co-operative education. Here’s my answer to the question.

    Flipgrid video version: https://flipgrid.com/s/bd52e0344b99

    As a developer I often work with University academics and …

  3. amiddlet50

    Teacher? Or what..?


    based on Photo by Akson on Unsplash

    I have an activity in a session I run on active learning where I ask ‘what is the role of the teacher in the active classroom?’ and ask people to come up with better suggestions than ‘teacher’ to describe the role. Giving the …

  4. amiddlet50

    Tables, chairs, co-operation #activelearning


    4 chairs supporting one table representing co-operation!

    I have had a very fruitful day working with the Co-operative College in Manchester exploring our thinking about co-operative learning. I am proud to say that we produced this sculpture in response to a learning activity led by Cassie Earle who took us …

  5. amiddlet50

    Identity and the D3BsC Model – a briefing


    This post allows me to encapsulate ideas discussed here previously in a form that I hope is useful to you whether you are an academic or educational developer. It presents the D3BsC model in the form of a useful framework intended to support thinking about identity and how educators can …

  6. amiddlet50

    Space Walk #Twalk #ALN #activelearning

    Active Learning Network – Space Walk

    16 January 2020, 16:00 – 18:00 GMT
    Our Active Learning Network satellite group will be taking part in a Space Walk at Anglia Ruskin University and we hope others in the sector will join us by following the same walk – but on their …

  7. amiddlet50

    Conversational Learning Spaces for #activelearning


    Valuable features of conversational learning encounters

    In an earlier post I referred to Learning Walks as conversational learning spaces. As such, they exemplify active learning spaces. The focus on conversation as a dimension of active learning is at the heart of the rationale for advocacy for an ethos of co-operation …

  8. amiddlet50

    Wrecking it with Brexit


    Iris Peeters sharing the outcomes of her research on active learning spaces at the International Learning Spaces Summit in Barcelona #ILS2019

    I’m sitting in a café on La Rambla in Barcelona following a couple of days participating in an international learning spaces summit in Barcelona (#ILS2019). (nb. I use ‘participating’ …

  9. amiddlet50

    Get active- watch TV


    Jason Williams mid-way through our ‘Challenge Jason’ scenarios as we explore media-enhanced teaching and learning in practice

    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 …

  10. amiddlet50

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


    An interpretation of Collis’ Contribution-oriented approach to learning activities framework

    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 …

  11. amiddlet50

    Teaching ‘whole people’ holistically – understanding co-operative learning


    Individuals together. Photo by Josh Calabrese on Unsplash

    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 their experiences…

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