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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

    Community of Enhancement

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    I keep returning to the phrase Community of Enhancement to describe my philosophy behind my staff development role. It is not astounding but, significantly for me, it is a better than Community of Practice. It reflects and models the ethos … Continue reading ?
  3. 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 ?
  4. amiddlet50

    Wrecking it with Brexit

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    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’ not ‘attending’) We are getting really close to Brexit now and … Continue reading
  5. amiddlet50

    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
  6. amiddlet50

    Standing, Walking, Crawling and the art of conversational learning #activelearning

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    On Tuesday I will be running a workshop at the Active Learning Conference at the University of Sussex. Titled ‘Standing, Walking, Crawling and the art of conversational learning’, it reflects on some of the active learning techniques I have developed … Continue reading
  7. amiddlet50

    Promoting learner autonomy and the question of fail-safe strategies

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    As an advocate of active learning, learner autonomy is never far from my thinking. The development of confident autonomous lifelong learners and intrinsically motivated self-determined graduates captures, for me, the primary purpose of a UK higher education. It is the … Continue reading
  8. amiddlet50

    #Twalk – a new active pedagogy explained

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    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 … Continue reading
  9. amiddlet50

    Being there – thinking about presence #socmedhe18 #mugafesto

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    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 as a disruptive basis for creating a stimulating learning environment … Continue reading
  10. amiddlet50

    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 … Continue reading
  11. amiddlet50

    Crashing or connecting? Navigating the #twalk boundaries

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    The #connectedlearning space, in its many and various meanings, is central to my thinking about the future classroom. This is obviously epitomised in the concept of the #twalk. It was lovely to hear that Alex Spiers was leading a Twalk … Continue reading
  12. amiddlet50

    A place for imagining – blue skies under the tree canopy

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    Myself and a colleague have some difficult thinking to do this week. Exciting thinking, but difficult nevertheless. So, we could book out a teaching room lined with whiteboards for the day and see what happens, but that feels too ‘inward’ … Continue reading
  13. amiddlet50

    The future is active – implications for future academic practice

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    I have been thinking about the future academic and the implications for academic development recently. The Open University’s ‘Innovating Pedagogy’ is an insightful annual report (http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/innovating/), though I would love to see one for 2018. I have seen Mike Shales … Continue reading
  14. amiddlet50

    Who is the FAB academic? Thinking about engaging the future academic (team)

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    FAB academics Introducing FAB – Flipped Active & Blended Learning FAB is a playful idea I am using in my MELSIG work. Graham McElearney and myself will be leading the development of a toolkit for academics focused on curriculum innovation … Continue reading
  15. amiddlet50

    Researching academic innovation to foster belonging

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      I am working with an innovative subject group at the moment who have done much to foster student belonging. They have a long list of small recent and current initiatives intended to develop a cohesive disciplinary identity. Previously, they … Continue reading
  16. amiddlet50

    The problem of developing consistency in academic team innovation #SEDAconf

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    My colleague Helen Kay and I worked with one of our course teams last year to role out SCALE UP (Student-Centred Active Learning for Upside-down Pedagogy). The expanded name of the learning space model is very descriptive and clarifies why … Continue reading

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