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.

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

 

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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

 

next #creativeHE meetup on the 16th of March! All welcome ;)

GooglePlusLogoA warm and open invitation to join the next #creativeHEmeetup on the 16th of March!

#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 Manchester Metropolitan University on the 16th of March, 12-2pm in the John Dalton Building E249 on Oxford Road. The focus of this meetup is the creative use social media. 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.

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

Update after the meetup

This time we discussed the creative use of social media for learning and teaching. This topic emerged directly through conversations we had during a previous meetup and I think it is a wonderful way to come-up with a focus instead of randomly picking one. It was a smaller group this time but the conversations and sharing were deep. A colleague from Bournemouth university joined us and engaged us in a series that of drawing activities based on her doctorate real research. While these were low tech, we did make the connection to social media and how we could use these as well to add a digital dimension to create alternative and additional opportunities for expression, sharing and collaborative drawing. We could see parallels to the use of LEGO SERIOUS PLAY but also differences and agreed that drawing is a valuable tool in our toolkit that can be interwoven into classroom practice, in and outside the classroom, in the physical and online classroom. Our next meetup is in May at the University of Salford. 

Creativity in the Making March 6-20, 2018 #creativeHE conversation! Join us!

Creativity in the Making March 6-20, 2018
Led by John Rae & Norman Jackson
 
GooglePlusLogoCreative Academic is exploring the idea of creativity in practice. In this #creativeHE conversation we are inviting participants to make artefacts in response to any life context or situation,  document and reflect on their making process, and how creativity featured in it.
 
‘Artefact’ is a term that is used to refer to items created or resulting from human action and activity as well as a central concept in the study of practice. Practice is often seen as the production of artefacts (Díaz-Kommonen et al 2004).  The artefacts we produce might be artistic works, crafts, something from the digital world, a song, poem or story, a dance or indeed anything that the maker is inspired to create.
 
3813913We will consider making to be a process of material thinking — ‘an intellectual adventure’ (Carter, 2004, p. XI), where invention ‘is located neither after nor before the process but in the performance itself’ (Carter, 2007, p. 19). Our challenge, then, will be to think of our artefacts less as products of creativity and more as a means for accessing and using creativity. The ‘artistic or aesthetic quality’ of the artefacts we make, will be a secondary consideration and our primary concern will be the process of making and the insights we gain into how our creativity features in the process of making.
 
PROCESS
This #creativeHE inquiry will extend over two weeks between March 6-20 and it will include the following stages:
1. An introductory conversation over three days will allow for a platform to be built (or made) by drawing on some relevant literature and by considering illustrations. 
2. A middle period of seven days will allow for our actual making (as individuals or in groups), as well as personal reflection on the process of making. 
3. The final ‘synthesis and reflection period’ of about 4 days will provide an opportunity for each person or group to present or exhibit their artefact and share their reflections about how ideas, feelings and meanings emerged and actions were shaped through making. As part of this synthesis participants will be invited to make and share a map, of their own thinking and making process and how their creativity featured in the process. The map can be in any style or format and it is a mediating artefact to help explain your own process.
 
After the conversation we will curate the narratives and artefacts that have been shared through Creative Academic Magazine.
 
We hope that this approach will surface some interesting ecological (connections, relationships and interactions) perspectives on creativity in practice. Our intention is to curate the outcomes from this making process in a special issue of Creative Magazine – ‘Creativity in the Making?’

Join the #creativeHE community for this conversation here.

Sources
Díaz-Kommonen, L. et al (2004) Expressive artefacts and artefacts of expression. Working Papers in Art and Design 3 available at : https://www.herts.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/12355/WPIAAD_vol3_kommonen.pdf
Carter, P. (2007). Interest: The ethics of invention. In E. Barrett & B. Bolt (Eds.), Practice as research: Approaches to creative arts enquiry (pp. 15-25). London: I. B. Tauris.

Make my Valentine workshop at @mmu_cheshire > All welcome, staff and students! Join us ;)

Staff and students are warmly invited to a unique Wellbeing workshop with our very own Gail Spencer on the 14th of February 12-2 pm in Seeley 0.20 to immerse themselves into creative making activities using clay and other materials, for relaxation and regeneration of our minds and bodies. We decided to combine this with our monthly GooglePlusLogo#creativeHE meetup to open-it up to colleagues and students around the region.

Come along with your ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Get inspired by others!

Create something unique for you and a loved one.

We would like this to be the first in a series of workshops to come together more regularly and co-create an artwork that reflects our lives on the Cheshire campus. Come along to explore future workshops together.

Gail, Chrissi and Mike

After the workshop

Our fifth meetup took place at the ManMet campus in Cheshire. It was on Valentine’s day and it was a makers workshop. Gail Spencer immersed us into a range of creative activities using printmaking, clay, handmade paper, sewing. It was a wonderful experience and very relaxing. We all had the chance to immerse ourselves in making art through which we demonstrated our love, love to create and also started exploring how art could create stimulating learning and teaching experiences. There is so much potential to use art- and making-based learning approaches to create hands-on immersive learning experiences that help us express in creative ways. 

#creativeHE is back 22-26 January! All welcome! Please share

GooglePlusLogoA warm invitation to join #creativeHE for 5 days this January! Open to all colleagues and students in HE and the wider public

We can never have enough creativity! We actually need more! Creativity will help us get through the bad times and create good times!

Participate this January from the 22nd to the 26th and explore together fresh, alternative and novel ways to transform learning, teaching and assessment into creative and diverse practice. Let’s make it a bit or a lot more stimulating! We can all do this! Just imagine how our ideas can grow and evolve when we share them and learn together!

#creativeHE is open and free to all. Jump into the Google plus community at https://plus.google.com/communities/110898703741307769041 and/or participate via our hashtag on Twitter. Most of the stuff is asynchronous so there is no excuse not to engage.

This time round Sandra Sinfield of London Metropolitan University, Chrissi Nerantzi of Manchester Metropolitan University and Prof Norman Jackson of Creative Academic are your facilitators and we are sure mentors will emerge from the community.

The plan for Monday until Friday, 22-26 Jan is:
Day 1 Creative induction, introductions: belonging
Day 2 Spicing up learning in the classroom (campus-based, blended and fully online)
Day 3 Extending creative learning outside the classroom
Day 4 Assessment and feedback that works (better)
Day 5 Reflecting on the week and moving forward.

We are of course, as always, very open to your suggestions as well and you will have the opportunity during the 5 days to really engage in what matters to you most.

Check out the Google+ community from Friday 19th January for suggestions on how to get involved and we will make further announcements via Twitter using #creativeHE.

Get Reflective
Why not use a portfolio to capture your learning during the week? You might like to create a beautiful physical journal or sketchbook – or utilise online posts, using Padlet, Pinterest, VoiceThread, WordPress – and share your reflective sketches, drawings or online posts back with us through the #creativeHE G+ community and/or Twitter using the community hashtag #creativeHE.

Each #creativeHE is freshly put together! So if you have been with us before, join us again and share your ideas, practices and dilemmas. Bring your wild imagination along! Surprise us and surprise others. Let’s make magic happen in our classroom!

See you very soon 😉

Sandra, Chrissi and Norman