101 Creative Ideas

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In September we launched the 101 Creative Ideas project to curate and share ideas for creativity in learning and teaching in Higher Education. We’ve been really impressed by the contribution that have come in since!

We’ve have ideas for novel approaches to common academic activities, such as academic reading. For example, Sandra Sinfield of London Met University contributed an idea for creating ‘Scrolls’ as a way to tackle course texts with students.

Some ideas have looked at different or additional ways to demonstrate learning. For example, Juliette Wilson-Thomas, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education here at Manchester Metropolitan University, suggested asking peer reviewers to respond to work with colleges or poem instead of the ordinary written text (see Creative Peer Reviewers).

Several of the contributions have been about techniques for encouraging creative thinking in both staff and students. Teryl Cartwright, a writer and education from the USA, contributed one of each: for students, you could try running a session where they can only answer questions with questions; and for staff, try creating analogies from within your discipline to use as teaching aids.

We welcome further contributions to the project! To do this, you just need to fill in this short form: 101creativeideas.wordpress.com/contribute

#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 www.creativeacademic.uk/2016-17-programme

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
#101creativeideas

Audiovisual material in teaching – ESD-

You are warmly invited to attend the next Sustainability in the Curriculum meeting  (Manchester Met in collaboration with UoM)

on 

Wednesday, 22nd June,  2 to 4pm Manchester Metropolitan University, John Dalton Building, Room JD E419

 

 

We will be exploring with Dr Vitalia Kinakh (School of Dentistry)  how audiovisual material (video clips, films and images) can be used to present/engage students with sustainability issues. Dr Kinakh will  discuss how she  is using audio visual materials to present sustainability related issues  in dentistry.

You are invited to ‘bring’ to this meeting any audiovisual materials you (staff and students)  use for the purpose of engaging others with sustainability issues. These will form a part of our explorations.

 

Discussion questions may include the following (alongside any questions/related topics that you would like to discuss in relation to this topic):

  •       Do educators from different faculties/schools make use of audiovisual resources in their teaching to illustrate issues of sustainability?
  •       Does the use of audiovisual resources help students to make emotional connection to sustainability?
  •    Who should be responsible for selecting audiovisual resources for use in lectures/ seminars?

 

Hope to see you there. All welcome, staff and students

You are warmly invited to attend the next Education for Sustainable Development meeting on 

18th May 2.30 to 4.30pm Simon Building (University of Manchester) Room 5.05

All interested staff & students welcome to attend

 

Roundview
The RoundView

The RoundView is an ongoing research project and initiative led by Dr. Joanne Tippett at the University of Manchester. The subject of this work is the knowledge, skills, and behaviours that are needed in order to create sustainable solutions and development, locally and globally. Simple, accessible models of sustainability and of the systemic changes that can lead us in that direction have been developed together with hands-on tools and resources for teaching and training them. This workshop will introduce the RoundView framework and also discuss how it has been used to promote critical thinking and exploration in a range of teaching settings – from post-graduate to primary school settings.

key component of the RoundView framework is a clear and powerful model of how ecosystems and ecological cycles work to provide our ‘Global Life Support System’. This can be viewed as our ‘Big Heritage’ – the heritage of our species, globally, which forms the essential context for our society, culture and economy. This workshop will also discuss current work with the Great Manchester Wetlands Project to trial the RoundView as a means for motivating a wide range of community members and stakeholders to get involved in regenerating the post-industrial landscape between Manchester and Wigan.

 

 

 

Imagineering in higher education begins SUNDAY APRIL 17TH #creativeHE

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One of the aims of the annual World Creativity and Innovation Week (April 15-21) is to encourage people to use their imaginations to solve problems that are relevant to their work. To celebrate WCIW and show that higher education is involved in the problem of creating a more creative society, #creativeHE is offering a social learning event in collaboration with ‘Creative Academic’.

Imagineering involves using imagination to create ideas and invent possible ways in which these ideas might be implemented. The context for this imagineering event is the enhancement of students’ and teachers’ creativity and creative development in higher education.

This social learning and sharing experience is open to anyone who would like to use and share their imaginations. While the main focus is on higher education you don’t have to work in higher education to participate. The process is being supported by a team of facilitators – Chrissi, (Founder #creativeHE) Norman, (Fonder Creative Academic), Jenny, Nikos, Rafaela, Roger, Sandra and Sue.

Each day will begin with an image, animation or video clip which will be posted at 7am on the #creativeHE platform, together with an invitation to share your ideas, feelings and experiences in response to this stimulus.

DAILY THEMES
What does being creative mean in your own practice contexts?
Where do good ideas come from?
Thinking like a designer?
Learning from the experience of a creative professional?
Techniques for encouraging creativity in higher education?

CO-CREATING MEANING: Social learning is about creating and co-creating new meaning. On the final day of this event we would like you to create a digital artefact to represent something important that you have learnt through this process. Your creation can take any form and be in any medium for example blog posts, illustration, animation, story, poem, something physical or virtual that you have made or anything else conjured up by your imagination.

Everyone who completes this task is entitled to the #creativeHE imagineering digital badge awarded by Creative Academic.

CURATION: At the end of the process ‘highlights and insights’ from the conversation will be published in a special edition of Creative Academic Magazine (CAM4B).

We hope this event will be of interest and value to you and that you will enjoy the experience.

The #creativeHE team

The #greenhouse is travelling to Crewe for clayful learning! Join us on the 17th of March

11221469485_c2fb47fa2f_mHello everybody,

We hope you are all well. This is an announcement about our next Greenhouse happening, on Thursday the 17th of March, 12-2pm.

Join us on the Crewe campus in Seeley 0.20 for two hours of creative making with Gail Spencer, to explore the use of clay for learning through making, ideas generation and learning or teaching resources creation.

Gail Spencer graduated in Ceramics and taught ceramics for 6 years – Wolverhampton College of Adult Education, Beacon Centre (for the blind and partially sighted, Wolverhampton), New Cross Hospital, Bilston Community College and a centre for adults with physical and additional disabilities. Worked at the Coalport China Museum, Ironbridge and have been a practising Ceramicist for over 20 years. Gail has additional interests in papermaking, felt and batik. (Have delivered ceramic workshops to local schools, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery and the Nantwich Food Festival).

Gail works at MMU as a Technical Officer supporting Teacher Trainees – within the field of Art, Design & Technology and Computing and widely supports other areas within Education. She also supports the use of iPads and iPad Minis within the Faculty, as well as working for the Digital Services Team.

Please bring with you an apron and come with an open and creative mind.

We really look forward to seeing you there.

Gail
ps. Please note, all #greenhouse happenings counts towards FLEX.

 

next #greenhouse with Haleh Moravej @halehmoravej 27 April, 12-2pm

imageOur next Greenhouse will take place on the 27th of April, 12-2pm in the Hollings Kitchen CG24. Haleh Moravej will be our creative gardener. We will be cooking, dissecting and doing art and poetry with food! it will be an immersive session with some music too 😉 Join us and find out how you could be using food for learning and teaching!

Haleh Moravej, image source: http://i.ytimg.com/vi/M-8VY1ezops/maxresdefault.jpg Haleh Moravej is a Senior Lecturer in Food and Nutrition. MetMunch, the student enterprise MetMunch, which recently won the National and International Green Gown Awards for Student Engagement, is her brain child. 

We really look forward to seeing you there.

Please share this invite with others who might also be interested. Thank you. To find out more about the Greenhouse and how to join, please access http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/flex/greenhouse.php

We will start putting the Greenhouse programme for 2015/16 together in the next few weeks. If you would like to share your creative bug with others and connect with other creative colleagues from across the university, get in touch!