FLEX 15/30 [Creativity for Learning] 2016/17 >>> join us! #creativeHE

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This unit provides participants with a flexible, practice-based approach to teaching practice enhancement. A special version of FLEX with a focus on creativity will be offered by CELT in collaboration with London Metropolitan University during 2016/17. Colleagues from both institutions and elsewhere will have the opportunity to learn and develop together within a diverse and distributed community of higher education practitioners who are involved in teaching, supporting learning or development of others with an interest in creative teaching and learning, who would like to explore innovative learning and teaching.

Within this unit, enablers and barriers to creativity in higher education will be explored together with related pedagogical theory and literature. Participants will experience learning through play, games, models and stories and actively experiment with such approaches. This will help participants to further develop their understanding, knowledge, skills and practices in these areas and become more adventurous in their teaching. Participants will be able to critically reflect on their practice and identify opportunities to design, implement and evaluate an imaginative and creative innovation that fosters curiosity, maximises motivation and meaningful active engagement and discovery learning. The teacher is challenged to be creative in order for creativity to be developed in the students.

The unit will be offered online as a 5-day block using the Playground model (Nerantzi, 2015) with further support until the end of the term. All MMU participants will be invited to a portfolio building workshop before commencing the unit.

2 iterations in 2016/17

  • Term 2 >>> 16 – 20 January 17
  • Term 3 >>> 22- 26 May 17

Day 1: Introduction to creativity in HE, enablers and barriers, theory and practice
Day 2: Learning through play and making
Day 3: Using story for learning and teaching
Day 4 : Learning through making
Day 5: Sharing learning and next steps

Whilst these individual activities are to be assessed holistically through one mode of summative assessment, it is important that the activities are understood and reflected upon to ensure successful synthesis and incorporation into practice as they are experienced.

The summative assessment consists of a reflective narrative aligned with the UK/MMU Professional Standards Framework (MMU PSF), institutional drivers (such as the Strategy for Learning, Teaching and Assessment for example within MMU) where applicable and evidence engagement and impact of specific FLEX CPD activities on teaching practice.

On the 16th of May 2017 we are offering an introductory FLEX session which will also help you set-up your portfolio here at MMU for all those interested in joining us for FLEX [Creativity for Learning] in May. Register here.

The unit is available for free to all practitioners who would like to participate informally in the open online version of this course. You can join the #creativeHE community at https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110898703741307769041/

If you work in another institution and are interested in studying towards academic credits FLEX15/30 [Creativity for Learning], please get in touch with CELT as there is a cost for this.

Chrissi (Nerantzi) CELT, MMU and Sandra (Sinfield), LMU

#creativeHE will be part of the year long Creativity in Higher Education Project. For more information regarding this, please see http://www.creativeacademic.uk/2016-17-programme.html

@BYOD4L is back in January 2016 #flexcpd

The popular open course ‘Bring Your Own Device for Learning’ course (or short BYOD4L) will be back for the fourth time and it is open to all!

Join us from the 11th to the 15th January 2016

BYOD4L is a bite-size open facilitated course over 5 days for students and teachers in HE but also anybody else who would like to learn with us how we can utilise our digital devices for professional, lifelong and lifewide learning.

Together we will explore the following topics based on the 5Cs:

  • connecting
  • communicating
  • curating
  • collaborating
  • creating

Using an inquiry-based approach that will enable us to learn with others and/or on our own within a supportive community. You are very welcome to join one or all of the above topics and work towards an open badge or two 😉 There will be seven open badges available in total. One for each topic and a course badge if you successfully complete the whole course. All work submitted will be peer reviewed and can be used as evidence of CPD. BYOD4L can also be used for FLEX.

If you would like to find out more about #BYOD4L and join, please have a look at

http://byod4learning.wordpress.com Feel free to follow @byod4l on Twitter to keep up-to-date with all course announcements. The course hashtag is #BYOD4L.

Each evening there will be a tweetchat between 8-9pm GMT. There is an opportunity to both listen in and contribute to a discussion via Twitter via the hashtag #BYOD4Lchat. In the previous three iterations of the course this has been a vibrant learning space where participants share ideas and learn together.

Please note, this is a registration-free course. You can access all collaborative spaces and resources without additional logins.

The most important space is the BYOD4L community. This can be accessed directly at https://plus.google.com/communities/115166756393440336480 

Please extend this invite to others who might be interested in joining us. Thank you very much.

We look forward to learning together in January.

The BYOD4L team

The 12 Apps of Christmas are back! #12AoC @12AoC @mmulibrary Join us this festive season

Are you interested in exploring which free mobile apps could help you in your teaching or supporting your students? Have you ever thought about taking part in an open course but were worried it would take too much of your time? Would you like to take part in a fun, free, practical online course this December?

Then the 12 Apps of Christmas could be for you!

Watch a short intro here

Last year, hundreds of educators and librarians around the world took part in a new open course hosted by Regent’s University London – the 12 Apps of Christmas.  In just a few minutes a day, they learned about and tried out a range of free mobile apps with potential classroom use, built a community of practice, and had fun doing so.

The course was a success, winning the Credo Digital Information Literacy Award and inspiring people to run versions at other institutions.

Now, the original is back – better than ever! From 1st to 16th December this year, we will be presenting Christmas 2.0 and MMU is taking part in this festive adventure.

There are two specific 12 Apps for Christmas opportunities for all staff and students at MMU brought to you by Regent’s University London in collaboration with CELT and the MMU Library, we would like to bring to your attention:

  1. The open course 12 Apps for Christmas 2015 led by Regent’s University which will offer a completely new range of carefully selected apps, while keeping to the same simple, entertaining formula which made it so successful last year. Expect guest posts, engaging hands-on activities, and a chance to be part of a friendly, enquiring community of educators worldwide supported by a small group of facilitators from different institutions, including colleagues from CELT MMU. And for those of you who took part last year – just in case you are wondering… the Christmas cracker jokes will be back… To enrol on the 12 Apps of Christmas 2015 course, click here
  2. To discover a different 12 Apps in a bite-sized way follow MMU Library’s 12 Apps of Christmas. Every day, the Library will be revealing an App that you may find useful for work, study, group work or just for fun. To follow just visit http://libguides.mmu.ac.uk/12apps or any of the library social media accounts (@mmulibrary for example). Please note, no registration is required to access or engage in these activities.

CELT (@mmu_celt) will be supporting together with colleagues from other institutions the open course 12 Apps for Christmas led by Regent’s University and join in with the MMU Library’s 12 Apps for Christmas via Twitter.

We will all come together via Twitter using the hashtag #12AoC. You can also follow the Twitter account @12AoC. Please join us there so that we can share our experiences, ideas and learn together within a distributed community.

See you soon to celebrate learning together during this festive season,

Chris Rowell @chrisrowell, Regent’s University London, #RUL12AoC organiser & lead facilitator together with further colleagues from RUL
Eric Stoller @ericstoller, Education consultant & speaker
Sue Beckingham @suebecks, Sheffield Hallam University, facilitator
Chrissi Nerantzi @chrissinerantzi, Manchester Metropolitan University, facilitator


Do you have a wide open mind? Join our Creativity for Learning Unit/Open course #creativeHE #flexcpd

Creativity for Learning - web banner

The unit Creativity for Learning part of the PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education/Higher Education and the MA in Higher Education (also available as a stand-alone CPD unit) will be offered for the second time time at the end of September 2015 and over two terms. 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.

A review of the first iteration can be accessed below where you will also see some of the achievements of our colleagues. We have rich evidence that the unit has made a real difference to practitioners and their practice. Many have used the unit to experiment with innovative teaching approaches and as a stepping stone into pedagogical research. Their work has been  disseminated internally and externally through conference contributions and publications and we are very proud of their development and achievements.

Check out our album here.

The Creativity for Learning unit is also available as an open course (see https://p2pu.org/en/courses/2615/creativity-for-learning-in-higher-education/). The facilitated part will run over 8 weeks starting on the 28th of September. We are very excited as we have teamed up with a group of postgraduate students and their tutor from the University of Macedonia to learn together in a distributed community as well as Prof. Norman Jackson who is well known for his work around Creativity in HE. Further colleagues from other institutions are joining us as we speak.

 You are also very welcome to join this course, face-to-face and/or online as informal CPD without working for credits or use all or part of it for FLEX.

Warning! A wide open mind is needed!

To find out more, please 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 course, please get in touch with Chrissi at c.nerantzi@mmu.ac.uk

LEGO in Higher Education Part 2 workshop series starts in Sep 15 #legoHE #flexcpd

Do you have some experience using LEGO bricks for learning, teaching or research and have completed the LEGO in HE workshop series part 1? If the answer is yes, and you would develop your understanding further in this area and take it to the next level, then keep reading.

thinking with our hands in action, image source https://farm1.staticflickr.com/514/18737196713_149562f30a_z.jpg

CELT will be offering a new series of LEGO in Higher Education workshops which will move you beyond the basics. It will be even more experimental and boost your confidence in using model-based learning approaches with and without LEGO.

Register for this course to experiment with using and adapting LEGO(R) Serious Play(R) to a variety of HE activities linked to learning, teaching and research across the disciplines and professional areas.

Valuable insights are gained through LEGO model making, metaphors, sharing, storytelling and reflecting. Experience it with colleagues from across the university and identify opportunities to use LEGO and a wide range of other materials and objects in your practice to create hands-on stimulating learning experiences.

Members of staff who teach, research and/or support learning across MMU are all very welcome. Please note, there will be a charge to participate in this course for colleagues from other institutions. CELT can organise tailor-made LEGO in HE sessions or short courses for other organisations. Please get in touch for further details and cost.

The following workshops will be offered:

  • workshop 1 (15 Sep, 1-4pm)): Scoping the design/review of a unit/course using LSP
  • workshop 2 (22 Sep, 1-4pm): Appreciative evaluation using LSP and further LEGO-related methods
  • workshop 3 (29 Sep, 1-4pm): Experimenting beyond LSP and LEGO with object & model-based learning within undergraduate and postgraduate units and programmes

Registration is now open. Places are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment. Click here.

Chrissi Nerantzi, who will facilitate the LEGO in Higher Education workshops, is an experienced and accredited LSP Facilitator.

LEGO in Higher Education is part of the FLEX offer. Individuals participating will be able to use evidence of their engagement and development towards a FLEX award or up to 30 credits at postgraduate level that would count towards the Postgraduate Certificate/Masters in Higher Education. Please note, additional work at level 7 linked to specific assessment tasks would be required. FLEX can also be taken as a stand-alone CPD unit.

Connect with us on Twitter. Follow @celt_mmu and use the hashtag #legoHE

See you soon

Chrissi
ps. A further exciting object- & model-based learning course is in preparation with colleagues from Crewe. We can’t wait. Watch this space for further information regarding this. Consider following this blog and find us on Twitter to find out about it first.

#BYOD4L is back in January 2015 > Join us @byod4l #flexcpd

Dear colleagues,

We would like to bring the following to your attention:

Manchester Metropolitan University in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University and further institutions from the UK (Durham University, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Sussex, London Metropolitan University, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University of Salford, Kingston University London, University of Ulster, a partner in the US (Texas Educator Chat) and Germany (ICT-REV) as well as further colleagues from other institutions, are offering for the third time the popular:

‘Bring Your Own Device for Learning’ course (or short BYOD4L)

12-16 January 2015

BYOD4L is a bite-size open course facilitated by teachers and students over 5 days for students and teachers in HE but also anybody else who would like to learn with us how we can utilise our digital devices for professional, lifelong and lifewide learning.

Together we will explore the following topics based on the 5C Framework:

  • connecting
  • communicating
  • curating
  • collaborating
  • creating

 

Using an inquiry-based approach that will enable us to learn with others and/or on our own within a supportive community. You are very welcome to join one or all the above topics and work towards an open badge or two 😉 There will be seven open badges available in total. One for each topic and a course badge if you successfully complete the whole course. All work submitted will be peer reviewed and can be used as evidence of CPD.

If you would like to find out more about #BYOD4L and join, please have a look at

http://byod4learning.wordpress.com Feel free to follow @byod4l on Twitter to keep up-to-date with all course announcements. The course hashtag is #BYOD4L.

Each evening there will be a tweetchat between 8-9pm GMT and on some days additional Google hangouts during the day. There is an opportunity to both listen in and contribute to a discussion via Twitter via the hashtag #BYOD4Lchat. In the previous two iterations of the course this has been a vibrant learning space where participants share ideas and learn together.

Please note, this is a registration-free course. You can access all collaborative spaces and resources without additional logins. We would however like to invite you to consider completing the initial survey if you decide to participate in the course. This can be found at http://byod4learning.wordpress.com/surveys/initial-survey/.Thank you in advance for this.

Please extend this invite to others who might be interested in joining us. Thank you very much.

We look forward to learning together in January.

Chrissi Nerantzi (@chrissnerantzi) & Sue Beckingham (@suebecks) for the #BYOD4L team
ps. BYOD4L is part of FLEX. For more information, please access  http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/flex/

Sign up for the Animation for Impact workshop! Still some places left! #flexcpd

Jenny Fisher, Katherine Runswick-Cole and Hayley Atkinson are running an Animating for Impact Workshop on Monday the 24th of November, 12-1pm in Birley 3.68
Spaces are limited, so if you wish to participate, please email Jenny Fisher at j.fisher @ mmu.ac.uk (without the spaces). You can also find Jenny on Twitter @jennycfisher