This post is intended mainly for those people who attended Claire Hamshire and my pre-conference workshop at ICED 2016. The workshop aim was “To explore the potential of using games and scenarios to provoke and support discussion about quality assurance and quality enhancement”. Thanks to everyone who attended and made it so much fun: we hope you did also achieve the intended learning outcomes, which was “at the end of this session you will be able to use game theory to develop your own simple board games or scenarios to explore potentially challenging topics with staff and students”
To help with this, we have put together some further information about some of the games and activities on this page. Please don’t hesitate to contact either of us to ask questions, tell us how you might use the activities, or propose collaborations.
Clinical Reasoning Activities:
Business card suppliers Moo (used for the clinical reasoning activities)
Medical images from the Wellcome Collection (used on the cards) – you need to ask for permission for re-use but it is very likely to be given, in our experience.
Staying the Course
You can find out more about the data used in this game at the Staying the Course website
You can download the game board and editable versions of the cards, together with some suggested rules, at the JISC DesignStudio site. The game was developed as part of a larger Curriculum Design and Delivery project, partially funded by the UK Joint Information Systems Council. The game pieces were bought very cheaply from eBay. The game is CC licensed and you are free to adapt it with acknowledgement.
Curriculum Planning Cards
These course planning cards can be downloaded in PDF format – they are very simple and the idea could be adapted to use names of activities more commonly in use in your own institution. There are also ideas for their use on this page.
You can also download additional cards, which we didn’t use in the session, to add a bit more challenge to the planners – to consider how the proposed course might address employability and sustainability issues, or be adapted to be more inclusive. The assessment descriptions can be downloaded in PDF format here. All of these resources are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Check my Specs
This game is still under development, but if you email me, I can send you the Game board, as well as the Excel file with the examples in it, which we mail merged into a file to make the stack of cards.
Slides from the session to download (sorry, large file!)
CELT in collaboration with Special Collections and Science and the Environment are offering a number of workshops on key themes relating to Education for Sustainable Development. Please click on the link to see the sessions on offer and to book a place http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/cpd/eventsbytopic.php?topic=ESD. They are open to any academic, professional and technical services staff in student facing roles.
For information here is the link to the entire workshop programme, in case other sessions are of interest http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/tale/index.php .
Dear Gardeners and Greenhouse friends,
We hope you had a lovely summer and the new academic year started well for you.
We are currently putting together the programme for this academic year and our Ellie (Hannan) is organising the very first gathering on the 20th of October, 12-2pm in John Dalton E0.05.
Ellie is leading a new OER project called #101creativeideas. We are very excited about this as it gives us loads of opportunities to share what we do with each other and also involve the wider academic community.
This greenhouse session will be an introduction to the project and how we can all get involved to generate and share novel ideas around learning and teaching and to contribute to this exciting OER project.
If you are looking to make your teaching more creative, or want to share and develop creative ideas for your role, come along and feel free to bring a colleague and/or students with you as well.
We really are looking forward to seeing you on the 20th!
Ellie and Chrissi
ps. If you would like to facilitate a Greenhouse gathering this year, please get in touch with Chrissi at c.nerantzi @ mmu . ac . uk (without the spaces)
We are about to bring to life the 101 Creative Ideas project. This is a fantastic opportunity for YOU to share your creative ideas on how to encourage, support and/or assess students’ creativity in higher education. Ideas can be big or small but we are looking for concise descriptions of no more than 50-80 words.
So if you are doing something that is interesting or novel in your practice, please click here and share your idea.
All ideas will be credited and made available through an online OER collection under a CC BY NC 4.0 licence.
A panel consisting of students and practitioners in higher education will decide on the 101 most interesting ideas which will be turned into a published resource. These will be a valuable resource to refresh teaching and support further creative projects.
You can start submitting your ideas now and they will be collated and reviewed in January. The 101 ideas that are selected will be shared via Twitter 1 idea per day up to the start of the World Creativity and Innovation Week in April 2017.
#101creativeideas is a #greenhouse contribution and part of the year long Creativity in Higher Education Project led by Creative Academic. To find out more, please check out http://www.creativeacademic.uk/2016-17-programme.html
Thank you in advance for your contributions,
Eleanor Hannan and Chrissi Nerantzi
You are warmly invited to attend the next Sustainability in the Curriculum meeting (Manchester Met in collaboration with UoM)
Wednesday, 22nd June, 2 to 4pm Manchester Metropolitan University, John Dalton Building, Room JD E419
We will be exploring with Dr Vitalia Kinakh (School of Dentistry) how audiovisual material (video clips, films and images) can be used to present/engage students with sustainability issues. Dr Kinakh will discuss how she is using audio visual materials to present sustainability related issues in dentistry.
You are invited to ‘bring’ to this meeting any audiovisual materials you (staff and students) use for the purpose of engaging others with sustainability issues. These will form a part of our explorations.
Discussion questions may include the following (alongside any questions/related topics that you would like to discuss in relation to this topic):
- Do educators from different faculties/schools make use of audiovisual resources in their teaching to illustrate issues of sustainability?
- Does the use of audiovisual resources help students to make emotional connection to sustainability?
- Who should be responsible for selecting audiovisual resources for use in lectures/ seminars?
Hope to see you there. All welcome, staff and students
The brand new unit Creativity for Learning part of the PgCert and the MA in Academic Practice (also available as a stand-alone CPD unit) will be offered for the very first time in January 2015. This is an excellent opportunity to explore and experiment with more novel pedagogical approaches, theories and practices, fully tailored to your professional needs and aspirations. You will be able to discuss creativity for higher education learning and teaching with colleagues from across the university, reflect on your current practice and identify opportunities to become more creative and adventurous in your teaching to create stimulating learning experiences for and with your students.
The unit is also available as an open learning ecology (see https://p2pu.org/en/courses/2615/creativity-for-learning-in-higher-education/) and signalises the start of the longitudinal and multi-institutional research project ‘Creative Academics‘ in which we are exploring conceptions of personal creativity and how they change through purposeful professional development.
Warning! A wide open mind is needed!
To find out more about the Creativity for Learning unit and to register, please access http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/cpd/accredited/unit_details.php?unit_id=93
If you have any questions linked to this unit or the open learning ecology, please get in touch with Chrissi at email@example.com