#creativeHE is an open collaborative community for creative and innovative practitioners which exists online at https://plus.google.com/communities/110898703741307769041 through which a series of events and courses have been offered by the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University in partnership with Creative Academic and facilitators from a range of institutions nationally and internationally.
We will continue connecting, collaborating, experimenting and learning together online this year and have just launched the Creativity in Practice project led by Prof. Norman Jackson.
This academic year, we have introduced local meetups. Our second one will take place at the Manchester Metropolitan University on the 15th of December, 12-2pm. The focus will be learning through making and particularly through using LEGO(R) SERIOUS PLAY(R). Staff, students and the wider public, all very welcome. For more information and to register, please access http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/community/creativehe.php We are very much looking forward to seeing you there.
More info about the #creativeHE initiative:
It aims to support pedagogical rebels and free-thinking innovators in experimenting with, developing, sharing and getting support for novel learning and teaching ideas as well as initiate and disseminate research activity around these that have the power to transform the student and staff experience within and beyond institutional boundaries.
This community is open to anyone who would like to join, academic staff, students and the wider public. All who have an interest in creative and innovative approaches to teaching and helping others learn.
We meet physically on a monthly basis, each time at a different institution. During our meetups, we will have the opportunity to get to know each other, share and grow new ideas, take risks and support each other in our creative adventures, experiment and play, as well as test and develop pedagogical ideas and identify ways to take them forward.
We will continue using the #creativeHE online community space which now supports and connects a global community of over 600 people. Furthermore, this space will offer additional opportunities for professional development through online discussions, events and courses that are organised through #creativeHE, the Creative Academic and the wider academic community. The openly licensed #101creativeideas project will help us collect and share our ideas and the pedagogic innovators project (#pin) to engage in related research activities.
Our monthly local gatherings will be about 2 to 3 hours. We welcome institutions who would like to participate in #creativeHE events by organising a local meetup. All we need is a flexible space for up to 30 individuals.
We suggest that each meetup features time for socialising. As the meetups will all be free and open, we encourage each participant to bring a gift of food and/or non-alcoholic drinks to share with other participants. Homemade and more healthy contributions are very welcome as are foods from different cultures. In this simple way we aim to encourage sharing of the many cultures that make up our society.
The institutional contact will coordinate the monthly gathering and a booking system will be in place through CELT at Manchester Metropolitan University. If you would like to become a #creativeHE champion in your institution, please get in touch with us.
We are really looking forward to seeing you again online and locally,
Chrissi and Norman on behalf of the #creativeHE team
GREAT THINGS HAPPEN WHEN PEOPLE COLLABORATE TO LEARN TOGETHER
UPDATE AFTER MEETUP
Our third meetup took place at Manchester Metropolitan University. We had agreed to explore the use of LEGO(R) SERIOUS PLAY(R) in learning and teaching. So the LEGO suitcase was emptied, well, almost, as we had very keen explorers with us on the day. It was a pre-Christmas meetup and everybody was in a festive mood. We even had Christmas jumpers. What else can we wish for? Again, there was a rally good mix of individuals from all three institutions who seem to find the activities eye-opening and felt that they would like to give it a go. This meetup was organised by a Manchester Met.