1. amiddlet50

    Academic Peak Moments #activelearning

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    Dan Heath, one of the keynotes at InstructorCon, did a great job of introducing the idea of peak moments as being a useful device for designing and evaluating a student’s academic experience.

    Experience can be quite a vague or abstract term. I usually have experience at the centre of my …

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    Standing, walking and crawling in action #activelearningNTW

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    Some of the walking as pedagogy group negotiate options

    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, three …

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    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 for the construction of a new building.

    Learning Walks and …

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    Active listening for active learning

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    Active Listening sketchnote by Claudio

    Advocates of active learning must consider the active learning space from many perspectives. For example, I tend to think about space experientially, creating a picture in my own mind of a space that is used creatively; one in which the learner is challenged to work …

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    #Twalk – a new active pedagogy explained

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    The Leeds University Twalking Group, 26 March 2019

    This post, and the ones that will follow, reflect on the Twalk as a pedagogy. In particular, I consider how students can draw upon the conversational activity and use the data it generates as the basis for developing and explaining conceptual knowledge.…

  6. amiddlet50

    Twalking back to happiness #twalk #spacetwalkLeeds

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    Join us for a Twalk , 27th March 2019

    Theme: Doing, Being, Belonging, Becoming and Connecting – the role of learning space

    Venue: Your campus

    When:  Wednesday 27th March 2019 between 1pm and 2pm (gather at 12.55 and allow time for post-twalk reflection ideally)

    Benefit: a structured and connected conversational …

  7. amiddlet50

    Celebrate #imperfection. Challenge resilience.

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    I listed to Thomas Curran’s TedTalk ‘Our dangerous obsession with perfectionism is getting worse’ before I left for work this morning. Curran warns against perfectionism, and his warning kept me thinking all day. Here are three mini-stories that explain why this resonates with me.

    Put off today what you won’t…
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    Being there – thinking about presence #socmedhe18 #mugafesto

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    The organising group who kindly pasted my head into shot! See what I mean about friendship and presence? Thanks Sarah.

    First, and significantly, let me thank my colleagues and co-facilitators of #socmedhe18 which happened at Nottingham Trent University on Wednesday. I will reflect separately on the power of friend-based collaboration …

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    #mugafesto #socmedhe18

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    What is #mugafesto?

    Mugafesto is your manifesto on a cup!

    What do you need your manager, your academic colleagues, peers or students to see each morning as they have their cornflakes?! What hyperbolic pronouncement will get them thinking? …Get them interested?

    Mugafesto brings together the mug and the manifesto. Taking …

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    C is for course of course

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    Building upon research I conducted with student-nominated inspirational teachers in 2014 and then developed with colleagues here at SHU, to relate my work to the NSS, I have been working closely with all academic staff across three departments this year to consider what ‘course’ means to effective practice.

    Underpinning this, …

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    Making curriculum design a walk in the park

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    Learning walks are ‘one of my things’ and I am pleased to say that regular walking with peers is part of office culture now. Charmaine Myers is one of my team and we have come to value walks as the perfect place for appraisal meetings or to just explore complex …

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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, …

  13. amiddlet50

    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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