Pain, gain – mission

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The debate around measuring learning gain is gathering momentum internationally, and in the UK context is connected to the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework that is applied to higher education institutions to identify them as either bronze, silver or gold providers.  In this special issue of Higher Education Pedagogies, Gossman, Powell and Neame (CELT academics), argue that before we start to apply complicated measurements of learning gain,  we first need to identify the educational purpose of a particular institution as it is this that should determine the nature of the learning to be measured.

Pain, gain – mission

Abstract “We present a short conceptual framework as an opinion piece for considering learning gain based on Biesta’s three domains of educational purpose: qualification, socialisation and subjectification. We invite readers to reflect on the perspectives given in relation to different institutions mission statements around teaching and learning, and consider if the focus on developing methods for measuring learning gain is premature, given the lack of consensus regarding the nature of the learning to be measured.”

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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 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 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  http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/community/creativehe.php We are very much looking forward to seeing you there.

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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

GREAT THINGS HAPPEN WHEN PEOPLE COLLABORATE TO LEARN TOGETHER

No 101 #LTHEchat on the 10th of January! Join Prof. Dilly Fung @DevonDilly and all!

The next #LTHEChat Wednesday 10th January 8-9PM (GMT) will be based on questions from Dilly Fung on the dimensions of the “Connected Curriculum” framework. Prof Dilly Fung is Full Professor of Higher Education at UCL (University College London) in the UK. She is also Director of the UCL Arena Centre for Research-based Education, formerly the […]

via #LTHEchat 101 Connected Curriculum with Prof Dilly Fung @DevonDilly — #LTHEchat

Join Dr Cristina Costa @cristinacost this week to discuss digital education #LTHEchat

The next #LTHEChat Wednesday 13th December 8-9PM (GMT) will be based on questions from Cristina Costa on “Digital education: participation as learning” Cristina Costa is a Lecturer in Digital Education and Scholarship in the School of Education, Strathclyde University. Her research focuses on the intersection of education and the participatory web through a sociological lens, especially […]

via #LTHEchat no 99 – “Digital education: participation as learning” with Cristina Costa @cristinacost — #LTHEchat

Making sense of biophilia in enterprise: A real life story of sustainability.

29th November 2017: a joint CELT SEEG event

Sharon Jackson shared stories of her journey from senior executive in the global electronics industry to researcher, teacher and motivational speaker on sustainability issues.

Dismayed at the detrimental environmental impacts of her own and other industries, Sharon established the European Sustainability Academy in Crete. Here, in an off-grid, environmentally low impact building, ESA offers opportunities for academics, business leaders and others to engage constructively with the challenges of sustainability.

 Sharon admitted that addressing sustainability agendas has been thoroughly depressing at times. The environment we work in is frequently not conducive to wellness, and it helps explain the disconnect between the intention to do good in the world and our ability to actually achieve it.  The answer to that challenge includes two important elements: first, the need to identify ‘anchors’ – ideas for change that persist outside and beyond the discussion about change, and which allow us to make sense of the change process in the long run; and second, a community which shares the same understanding and commitment to achieving sustainability.

 http://eurosustainability.org/

 

 

Join the debate – #TESS_HE

Join the debate – #TESS_HE

The Higher Education Academy is creating a global platform to provide an opportunity to learn and share from each other; to better understand the challenges and opportunities so that excellent teaching at all levels continues to evolve and thrive everywhere.

  • What are the future challenges facing teaching in HE?
  • How is teaching excellence best achieved?
  • ‘What works’ in enhancing student success?

We want to hear from you in this debate – #TESS_HE

This is your chance to have your say. You can leave a comment or join in social media discussion using the hashtag #TESS_HE, or submit a blog or thought piece that we could publish on your behalf.

A little light relief!

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”Teaching is not to be regarded as a static accomplishment like riding a bicycle or keeping a ledger; it is, like all arts of high ambition, a strategy in the face of an impossible task.” (Lawrence Stenhouse)