Author Archives: amiddlet50

About amiddlet50

Educational developer working in academic innovation in higher education in the UK

Being there – thinking about presence #socmedhe18 #mugafesto

First, and significantly, let me thank my colleagues and co-facilitators of #socmedhe18 which happened at Nottingham Trent University on Wednesday. I will reflect separately on the power of friend-based collaboration as a disruptive basis for creating a stimulating learning environment … Continue reading

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#mugafesto #socmedhe18

What is #mugafesto? Mugafesto is your manifesto on a cup! What do you need your manager, your academic colleagues, peers or students to see each morning as they have their cornflakes?! What hyperbolic pronouncement will get them thinking? …Get them … Continue reading

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MELSIG – Promoting the UK Professional Standards Framework #UKPSF #MELSIG

I am publishing this to Tactile first, and will republish on the MELSIG site which is currently moving server from our original home MELSIG is the Media-Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group, a UK higher education academic development network. I hope … Continue reading

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Lurking, Active Learning and Legitimate Peripheral Participation #socmedhe18

The first principle of active learning according to Bonwell & Eison (1991) is that it is more than passive listening. A rather negative note to start on perhaps, but we can see where they’re coming from. As we prepare, at … Continue reading

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C is for course of course

Building upon research I conducted with student-nominated inspirational teachers in 2014 and then developed with colleagues here at SHU, to relate my work to the NSS, I have been working closely with all academic staff across three departments this year … Continue reading

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Making curriculum design a walk in the park

Learning walks are ‘one of my things’ and I am pleased to say that regular walking with peers is part of office culture now. Charmaine Myers is one of my team and we have come to value walks as the … Continue reading

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The happy accident – accidental learning #socmedhe18

I am trying to write about formality in learning. This is an ongoing theme for me inevitability, given my interest in spaces for learning in which the learner is the prime mover and agent at the centre of their learning. … Continue reading

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