Education for Sustainable Development workshops

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 .

International day of action against Contract Cheating

Today has been  designated as the International Day of Action against Contract Cheating, with the aim of raising awareness about the issue among all members of the higher education community. Contract cheating is a phrase coined to describe the action of a student getting someone to complete a piece of academic work on their behalf, and then submitting it as if they had done it themselves (I more or less copied that from the Contract Cheating website since I couldn’t think of a better paraphrase – full credit to them). The most commonly used approach is custom essay-writing services, which advertise widely among the student population (Newton and Lang, 2016). In the UK, the QAA published a sobering report on this in August, and has made various suggestions about appropriate actions:

Universities, colleges and sector organisations should work in partnership to tackle custom essay writing services. Ÿ

The possibility of legislative approaches should be investigated. Ÿ

Companies selling advertising space should reject approaches by sites selling custom essays, and search engines should limit access to these sites. (QAA, 2016)

At programme level, colleagues can help to work against this kind of activity by emphasising the ethical and moral implications, reminding students of the penalties of academic misconduct, and encouraging students to seek the support provided by the university for them to do their own work. You can check out our plagiarism resource or contact your faculty link for more detailed support.

Newton, P. M. and Lang, C. (2016). “Custom Essay Writers, Freelancers, and Other Paid Third Parties.” Handbook of Academic Integrity: 249–271.

QAA (2016). Plagiarism in Higher Education – Custom essay writing services: an exploration and next steps for the UK higher education sector. Gloucester. http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/Plagiarism-in-Higher-Education-2016.pdf

Festival of Social Science event at Manchester Metropolitan University

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‘Deal with each other in the spirit of Ubuntu’

Place: Brooks Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Bonsall Street, Manchester M15 6GX Reception tel: +44 (0) 161 247 2646

Time: 2-5pm

Date: 9th November 2016

This creative programme of activity brings together a world-class social scientist with students from Manchester universities and two community artists. An exhibition, a walking tour, and creation of a collaborative artwork, will help to create a unique experience themed around global citizenship and the idea of ‘community’ that will shine a light on the ways in which social sciences and the creative arts can come together.

This event is completely free and open to all.

Please use the following link to sign up to attend:

http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/cpd/viewcourse.php?unit_id=234

 

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti: Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change, at the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Vanessa has extensive experience working across sectors internationally in areas of education related to international development, global citizenship, indigeneity and social accountability.  Her work combines poststructuralist and postcolonial concerns in examining educational discourses and designing viable pedagogical pathways to address problematic patterns of international engagements, flows and representations of inequality and difference in education. Many of her publications are available at: https://ubc.academia.edu/VanessadeOliveiraAndreotti.

Kerry Morrison – Environment Artist and In-Situ Director

Kerry Morrison merges art with ecology to produce intriguing interventions in the everyday landscape of our urban lives. Through a conspicuous process of walking, talking, listening, drawing, collecting, and performance, she explores people’s connections with the environment: how we move through it, take from it, and add to it. Her approach is durational and transitory whereby art is a verb: a process of action, dialogue, and performative patterns resulting in new, shared experiences and unfolding narratives. She co-founded InSitu, a not-for-profit artist-led organization based in Pendle, East Lancashire. In Situ nurtures into existence art that addresses local issues with the aim to make a positive difference to people’s lives and the environment.

Mary Courtney – visual artist and poet

“I like to experiment with drawing and different visual art forms, to play with words and ideas and bring out creativity in others”.

Mary has been artist in residence at Warwick University Chemistry Department during 2016, leading art workshops for staff and students and scripting and producing a chem-art film called “Planet Biscuit: Into the Micronosphere”. She’s organised giant community map-making events, with hundreds of participants, including the “Mappa Magnificellaneous” this year. Art-poetry combinations have been exhibited at Compton Verney, Tate Modern and MediaCityUK. She has received poetry awards from the National Poetry Competition, the International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine and Cambridge University.

 

For more details contact:

Alicia Prowse at Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Manchester Metropolitan University, a.prowse@mmu.ac.uk

Valeria Vargas at Faculty of Science and Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University, v.vargas@mmu.ac.uk

Susan Brown, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester, Susan.A.Brown@manchester.ac.uk

CELT’s Workshop Programme

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CELT’s 2016/2017 Teaching and Learning Essentials (TALE) workshop programme is open to all academic colleagues at MMU, as well as professional and technical services colleagues working in student facing roles. There are sessions on key themes such as personal tutoring, assessment, student confidence and employability, as well as sessions such as, group work, digital interactivity in lectures and learning through objects to refresh teaching practice. Here is the link to view the programme and book a place http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/tale/index.php

#Greenhouse – 20th Oct – #101creativeideas project with Ellie @ehannan14

11221469485_c2fb47fa2f_mDear 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)

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101 Creative Ideas project

logo_1We 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
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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