1. amiddlet50

    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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    Digital ephemera and placemaking for learning


    In this post, I continue to explore the idea of digital placemaking, what it means and why it is helpful for thinking about digital and blended learning spaces.

    Let’s start with ephemera.

    Ephemera is anything that is short-lived. Digital ephemera is an odd idea therefore because digital artefacts persist. But …

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    Digital Placemaking


    I have been developing the concept of hybrid learning space through various activities, research, and writings over the last few years and I will be publishing further on this soon.

    From this work it is time to bring into focus the concept of placemaking – a concept with a diverse …

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    Reflecting on Hybrid Learning Spaces Tweetchat #LTHEchat


    This week I led the #LTHEchat and I have spent the best part of my Saturday reviewing what everyone said. It was that valuable. Thanks.

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    There are some key themes that came out of the chat.

    As usual, when …

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    (Dis)embodiment in social media space


    Yesterday I spent a fair amount of time reflecting on the role of embodiment in learning. It’s one of those neglected matters (there a lot of neglected matters when it comes to learning spaces – maybe I should rattle off a series of posts to include topics like friendship, presence, …

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    On the value of placements – a tweetchat


    Join us via tweetchat at #SHU_AL (Applied Learning Academic Interest Group) this Thursday morning at 9am – 10 am as we explore the topic of Successful Placements.

    “When students come back from placement it is like they have had their eyes opened.” This comment is something I hear frequently from …

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    Active or dependent learning


    I am doing a lot of thinking about the overuse of binaries in describing learning and learning spaces. One that comes up frequently is the active-passive binary, typically in discussions about the value of lectures in higher education.

    I was challenged by a PVC on this a few years ago …

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