Join two weeks of open learning and development – #FOS201 and #creativeHEjam (inc call for contributions)

#FOS201 – Flexible, open and social learning

5-14 June 2020

FIND OUT MORE: @fos4l: #FOS201 https://foslearning.wordpress.com/

Topics:

  • Digital literacies
  • Flexible pedagogies
  • Supporting learning
  • Communities and collaboration
  • Open education (including linking to #creativeHEjam)

In #FOS201 you will:

  • be supported by distributed volunteer facilitators across 10 NW institutions
  • have the opportunity to engage in inquiry-based activities
  • select what you would like to do, how, when (and with whom)
  • and if you wish, be part of a community to learn with and from each other…
  • and of course, experiment with and experience new approaches and consider some of these for your own practice.

You can do as much or as little as you wish in any order. You may even just focus on one of the above for the main part of the course. Whatever is useful for you! We look forward to learning together

Sean, Paul, Peter, Alex, Tünde, Emma, Hassan, Dawn, Craig, Paul, Neil and Chrissi (The #FOS201 team)

 

Creativity in Quarantine: Announcing the 2020 #creativeHEjam

12-19 June 2020

FIND OUT MORE: https://creativehecommunity.wordpress.com/ #creativeHE #creativeHEjam

The time for our second #creativeHEjam is approaching and how different it is this year! We would like to get together remotely and celebrate resourcefulness and creativity in supporting students’ learning in times of adversity.

Outline Programme

  • 12 June 2020, 12:00-14:00 Join us live online for a practice sharing marketplace Book your place on the live session here
  • 15-18 June 2020 Join in asynchronously (whenever suits you) with our daily discussion and short creative challenge
  • 19 June 2020, 12:00-14:00 Join us live online to reflect on your #creativeHEjam experience and discuss the future of a new normal in facilitating learning

You can join us for one element of the jam or jump in and experience the whole festival, the choice is yours!

Anna, Emma, Chrissi, Neil, Sandra, Norman, Alex, Rachelle and Hannah (The #creativeHEjam team)

Call for Contributions – #creativeHEjam 2020

We would love for you to share your lockdown story via the marketplace on 12 June. 15-minute slots will be allocated to contributors and it is completely up to you how you would like to use that time! Perhaps you would like to talk through your experience via an object or presentation. You could share what has gone well for you during lockdown, or what has gone wrong! Maybe you would like to lead a debate or demonstrate an activity or perhaps you have an idea that you would value feedback on. This is your space to share practice and learn from the collective #creativeHE community Submit your contribution idea here before 31 May

 

#creativeHE news and opportunities to engage

Dear #creativeHE community,

We are living in strange times and we hope you and those close to you are safe and well. We would like to let you know about some initiatives for the community to help us see our experiences through the lens of creativity:

  1. The #creativeHE meetup on 22 April (13:00-15:00) will now be hosted online at https://mmu.adobeconnect.com/creativehe. Please join us for what we hope will be a lively discussion around creative approaches to online learning and teaching and creative research methods. Find out more: https://creativehecommunity.wordpress.com/2020/02/20/meetup-22-april-2020/
  2. Save the date 2nd Annual #creativeHEjam Creativity in Quarantine: offer a live get together with special guests on 12 June from 12-2pm. The following week from 15-21 June we will host a series of asynchronous activities using our Facebook group and the #creativeHE hashtag on Twitter. Find out more: https://creativehecommunity.wordpress.com/2020/04/08/2nd-annual-creativehejam-creativity-in-quarantine/
  3. New blogpost Dr Aspa Paltoglou @aspasiapal joined the #creativeHE community recently and shared a blogpost documenting her experience so far… read the blogpost here: https://creativehecommunity.wordpress.com/2020/04/04/meeting-creative-academics-reflections-from-a-new-creativehe-friend/

Best wishes,

The #creativeHEjam team

Anna, Emma, Chrissi, Neil, Sandra, Norman, Alex, Rachelle and Hannah

#creativeHE online

Pedagogies for Sustainability, Responsible Enterprise and Innovation: 11th July 2018

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On the 11th July research group SEEG in partnership with Centre of Excellent in Learning and Teaching (CELT) are hosting a joint workshop: Pedagogies for Sustainability, Responsible Enterprise and Innovation.

The workshop draws together in-house MMU expertise, recent CELT-funded research , and good practice from external and international case studies to look at how new and innovative pedagogical approaches, including Problem and Enquiry Based Learning (PEBL) short training courses (Carbon Literacy) and online-technology facilitated learning can help us stay at the forefront of enhanced student experience and pedagogical innovation. We will hear about case examples from Nottingham Trent University, and internationally from colleagues from Arizona State (USA) and Aalborg (DK) Universities.

The whole schedule for the workshop is now fully confirmed, please click the Eventbrite link to book your place: https://pedagogy-mmu.eventbrite.co.uk

If you have any questions about the event, please direct them to Valeria Vargas (v.vargas@mmu.ac.uk) or Sally Randles (s.randles@mmu.ac.uk).

 

next #creativeHE meetup is on the 22nd of June > Join us!

GooglePlusLogoA warm and open invitation to join the next #creativeHEmeetup on the 1st of June!

#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 meetups in the North-West in collaboration with the University of Salford and the University of Manchester.

Our next and last meetup during this academic year will take place at Manchester Metropolitan University on the 22nd of June, 12-2 pm in the All Saints Library, room 5.11 (report to reception). The focus of this meetup is the creative use of collage. Staff, students and the wider public, all very welcome.

We have the pleasure to have Dr Anna Clare Hunter with us from UCLAN who will engage us in collage work in learning and teaching. This is what Anna says about this work:

Picture1I use collage work in the first session of a PGCert LTHE, as a way of breaking down boundaries between participants and, hopefully, opening minds to the new professional possibilities that their journeys on the programme will bring. Collage work is all about taking things apart and putting them back together again, in a process of deconstructing meaning and remaking it in different ways. The potential of visual metaphor to empower emergent stories is well documented within HE pedagogy, and is overtly visible in the process of collaging; this is what makes the collage such a valuable tool for exploring and engaging with identity, in all of its fluidity and uncertainty. By selecting images and sharing interpretations, participants become co-constructors of visual stories that reveal transcendent commonalities of experience: shared fears, common questions, a unifying discourse around what it means to be a teacher in the contemporary university. But the collage is only the first step in the journey, and it returns periodically throughout as a triangulation point for reflection and a spur to continued learning.”

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.

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 on behalf of the #creativeHE team

GREAT THINGS HAPPEN WHEN PEOPLE COLLABORATE TO LEARN TOGETHER

Mini reflection added after the meetup

22 June 18 (8): This was our last meetup in this academic year. We met at Manchester Met and a colleague from UCLAN facilitated a discussion and a hands-on workshop around using collage in learning and teaching. It was fascinating to experience how snippets of paper could generate such deep and creative engagement!

Dr Anna Hunter from UCLAN was leading the session and shared her experience of using collage in the context of academic development at her institution. I think the opportunities are endless and the more we explore the more diverse tools and approaches we add to our toolkit to make learning and teaching stimulating. 

Wishing you all a lovely summer and thank you for joining us on this journey this academic year.

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collaging in action, source

 

Using storytelling in education for sustainable development (ESD)

CALL FOR CHAPTER CONTRIBUTIONS

We are pleased to announce a forthcoming Routledge book on using storytelling in education for sustainable development (ESD). We anticipate that potential contributors will be colleagues with an interest/expertise in one or more of the following areas: Storytelling, ESD in Higher Education, Innovative Pedagogies. Book editors will be Heather Luna and Dr Petra Molthan-Hill  (both Nottingham Trent University), Dr Denise Baden (University of Southampton) and Professor Tony Wall (University of Chester). To facilitate the writing process, we are offering an initial webinar.

 

WHAT: Storytelling & Sustainability Webinar

WHEN: Wednesday 25th April 3-5pm BST (2-4pm UTC)

WHERE: on Zoom

HOW: You will receive a link prior to the webinar that you click to join. You will need a webcam and microphone (embedded ones are fine). If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, Heather will arrange a practice run to ensure the technology goes smoothly for all.

 

This webinar will consist of:

* An overview of what we would expect from a submitted chapter, with Q&A

* A small group activity with others in your discipline area

* A round of sharing ideas

* A small interdisciplinary group activity

* Time outside the webinar to develop ideas

* Another round with your interdisciplinary group to report back

* A round-up of ideas and further Q&A

 

To book onto the webinar, please email heather.luna@ntu.ac.uk. If you are not available for this webinar but would like to contribute to the book and/or participate in a future webinar, please contact Heather.

 

SUSTAINABLE STORY WRITING COMPETITION

On a related note, please find attached details of a writing competition for short stories (<3500 words) set within a sustainable society. Deadline for submissions is 19th April 2018. Perfect to whet your appetite for the book! For more information visit: http://www.greenstories.org.uk

STORY ESD

next #creativeHE meetup is on the 1st of May! Join us at Salford Uni cc @neilwithnell

GooglePlusLogoA warm and open invitation to join the next #creativeHEmeetup on the 1st of May!

#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 meetups in the North-West in collaboration with the University of Salford and the University of Manchester.

Our next meetup will take place at the University of Salford on the 1st of May, 12-2pm in the Mary Seacole Building Room 136 organised by Neil Withnell and colleagues. The focus of this meetup is the creative use for teaching of stuff we would normally throw away, in other words rubbish. Please bring some samples/examples with you together with your ideas to share and discuss. 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.

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 on behalf of the #creativeHE team

GREAT THINGS HAPPEN WHEN PEOPLE COLLABORATE TO LEARN TOGETHER

For this meetup we met at the University of Salford and decided to look critically and creatively at things we throw away but could indeed become valuable for learning and teaching.  Yes, rubbish… it was fascinating to see what kind of rubbish colleagues brought with them and the ideas that were generated through these collectively. We spent most of our time exploring the possibilities that used train tickets brought for our teaching in a range of disciplines and professional areas and we said that it might be useful recording these and capturing them in a collaborative article. I hope we will be able to do this. Really looking forward to our last #creativeHE meetup this year in June which will take place at Manchester Met.

 

 

Using & Cultivating Imagination new #creativeHE conversation > Join us!

Using & Cultivating Imagination
April 15-21st 2018
#creativeHE Google+ Forum
 
We believe the ability to imagine – to envision the possible – lies at the core of being human and living a fulfilling life. It is also essential to being an effective and creative parent, teacher or any other practitioner.
 
This #CreativeHE conversation, during World Creativity and Innovation Week, will explore some of the ways imagination features in our lives and how educators can encourage and enable learners to use and develop their imaginations.
 
Through the conversation we are seeking to gain a better understanding of what using imagination means to participants in educational, work and other settings, and how they stimulate and cultivate their own imaginations and the imaginations of others.
 
From the perspective of educators, teachers and professional developers we seek imaginative examples of how they use and develop their own imaginations, how they engage learners and/or peers, and how they practice imaginative pedagogy.
 
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Topics 
1 Why is your imagination important to you? What concepts of imagination do you hold and how are these concepts useful and relevant in your everyday life? (We need to establish why this topic is worth discussing. We are hoping for some practical illustrations that connect the abstract to the concrete. We can provide some background reading on concepts).
 
2 What is the role of imagination in your discipline or area of work? How do you use your imagination in your practice? (We are hoping for some practical illustrations that connect the idea of imagination to the concrete imaginings and doings of people. We welcome visual representations of what using imagination means in your everyday practice).
 
3 Imagination Challenge.  Sometimes we need to change our contexts (eg actual locations, ways of engaging, practicing or thinking) to get our imaginations going; we need to purposefully step outside of our typical practices to more easily envision new possibilities and alternative perspectives.
 
The goal of this challenge is to stimulate the imagination of someone else and the challenge requires you to literally (and figuratively) get outside.  We want you to take a walk with wonder and curiosity with something in mind that you teach or you might help someone else learn
 
If you are a teacher or educational developer seek the affordances for teaching/learning this topic outside. What imaginative task or activity might your students do while outside (walking or in stillness) that could enhance their imaginative engagement and meaning-making and enable their creativity to flourish. 
 
Alternatively, perhaps you are a parent/guardian or grandparent, or an auntie or uncle, seek the affordances for teaching/learning something outside. What imaginative task or activity might your son/daughter, grandchild, nephew/niece do while outside that could enhance their imaginative engagement and enable their creativity to flourish. 
 
If neither of these scenario’s works for you, perhaps you can imagine a scenario in which you engage the imaginations of some friends while out on a walk.
 
Please plan to share your idea(s) and engage with others at the end of the week. (Note: This challenge is inspired by a resource called The Walking Curriculum: Evoking Wonder And Developing Sense of Place (K-12). The author, Gillian Judson, plans to develop the ideas in collaboration with educators in Higher Education.
 
4 In your practice as an educator, teacher or professional developer what types of activities stimulate the imaginations of the people you teach or help to learn and why and how do such activities engage people in this way? (We welcome specific illustrations drawn from your own experience. In the discussion we might draw out the characteristics of such activities and practices?)
 
5 In your practice as an educator, teacher or professional developer how do you show that you value the imaginations of the people you teach or help to learn? How does imagination feature in your assessments of learning and achievement? (We welcome specific illustrations drawn from your own experience).
 
6 Imagination ChallengeSharing & Dialogue. Today please share with our group how you responded to our imaginative challenge!  If possible include some images or a narrative that indicates how changing the context for learning—moving outside your typical teaching space—sparked imaginative ideas for engaging your students, or members of your family or friends, in learning.
 

On behalf of Gillian Judson and Norman Jackson