next #creativeHE meetup at Salford Uni on the 19th of January! Will you be there?

#creativeHE is an open collaborative community for creative and innovative practitioners which exists online at 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 meetups in the North-West in collaboration with the University of Salford and the University of Manchester.

Our forth  will take place at the University of Salford on the 19th of January, 12-2pm. and would like to thank Neil Withnell and Emma Gillaspy for organising this. The focus on this meetup is the creative use mindmapping tools and technologies for ideas generation and reflection. Please bring your ideas along to share them with a wider audience. Staff, students and the wider public, all very welcome. For more information and to register, please access We are very much looking forward to seeing you there.

GooglePlusLogoMore 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.

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


Update after the meetup


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This was our fourth meetup and we were back to the University of Salford where the event was hosted by Neil and Emma. This time we explored the use of low and high-tech mind mapping tool in the higher education classroom in face-to-face, blended and fully online settings. Our main focus was Ketso, the tool developed by colleagues at Manchester University. The use of Ketso was demonstrated by Emma through an activity she facilitated around personal creative practices and showed the diverse way this tool can be used and applied with and without or with limited scaffolding. We had Debbie joining us remotely, Donna who I knew from Twitter but never met before and Annabeth, I met just yesterday for the first time, also decided to join us which was wonderful. Through the conversations we had we established our next theme for February. It will be social media for creative practice. At the end of the meetup Emma and Neil showed as an immersive room and we had a little bit of time to experience this. This generated so so many ideas.  

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