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  1. 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 ?
  2. amiddlet50

    Unified Active Learning – our commitment to #activelearning wherever and however we access learning

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    I am in reflective mode – it’s summer 2021 and in the West we’re trying to get over the pandemic, catch our breath, and decide what we value, what we have done, what changes will stick. It is both a … Continue reading ?
  3. amiddlet50

    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 ?
  4. amiddlet50

    Vertical and horizontal learning networks: implications for #active learning

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    This presentation is useful for thinking about the difference between collaborative and co-operative learning. My interest in social media for learning, studio-based learning, and hybrid learning centres on how people work and learn together. They often return to ‘working alongside’ … Continue reading ?
  5. amiddlet50

    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
  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

    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 … Continue reading
  8. amiddlet50

    Kitchen and studio-based learning

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    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 … Continue reading
  9. 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
  10. amiddlet50

    Global #Twalkday

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    Global #Twalkday Wednesday 3rd October 2018 Theme: Doing, being, becoming, belonging and connecting Time: 3pm GMT (but options for other time zones to be decided) What is Twalkday? The Twalk will be co-ordinated globally and is planned to coincide with … Continue reading
  11. amiddlet50

    The writing is on the wall – poetry and place

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    There has been an interesting little discussion on Twitter today following a post from @viviennestern. This, on a wall @sheffhallamuni made me stop and stare. For all the vitriol about universities, they exist to help us think better, understand more. What … Continue reading
  12. @eafinto

    It’s A DesignBlitz!

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    One of my assignments for this week to create a DesignBlitz! Very similar to my PhotoBlitz from a few weeks ago, this week I was to take pictures of five different objects that illustrated five different design aspects! Check out my results below: The first picture (the top left) is of my bookcase in my […]
  13. amiddlet50

    #minitwalk demonstrates the flexibility of the #twalk model at #socmedhe17

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        Since our first successful use of the #twalk model in May 2017, a number of #twalks have used the model in different situations. Our experience and understanding of the #twalk is growing. A number of us involved in … Continue reading
  14. amiddlet50

    Place is our starting point

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    “In Aristotle …we have a very powerful philosophy of place as the starting point for all other forms of existence.” (Cresswell, 2009, p. 2) This year will see the publication of my book Reimagining Spaces for Learning in Higher Education. … Continue reading
  15. amiddlet50

    Friendship and the classroom

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    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 … Continue reading

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