Category Archives: Academic Innovation

Exploration of new ways of teaching

Crisis – what crisis? A time for academic innovation

At Wonkfest I attended a panel session titled Changing the Culture of Changing the Culture in which Charlotte Summers, who is Head of Commercial Development at the RSA, referred to the RSA’s excellent Future Change Framework. Admittedly, I am a … Continue reading

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Photopedagogy and photovoice

Loopmans et al. (2012) observe that photographs incite public debate about place and community. When that public context is the university course and where there is a desire for learning engagement and community building, how can photography empower the learner? … Continue reading

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Conversational Learning Spaces for #activelearning

In an earlier post I referred to Learning Walks as conversational learning spaces. As such, they exemplify active learning spaces. The focus on conversation as a dimension of active learning is at the heart of the rationale for advocacy for … Continue reading

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Wrecking it with Brexit

I’m sitting in a café on La Rambla in Barcelona following a couple of days participating in an international learning spaces summit in Barcelona (#ILS2019). (nb. I use ‘participating’ not ‘attending’) We are getting really close to Brexit now and … Continue reading

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Competition and co-operation in the #activelearning classroom

I have been reading a great paper this morning on the use of Instagram memes by students studying art at Central St Martins (Burns et al., 2016). Amongst the many themes present in the paper, I picked up on one … Continue reading

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Teaching as craft, learning as art?

I have been reading a stimulating paper by Mandy Lupton from 2013 on reclaiming the art of teaching, which you can find here. Her concern is for the art of teaching, and how it is lost to “a higher education … Continue reading

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Table gallery for Media-Enhanced Teaching & Learning #activelearning #ARUengage

I led three workshops at yesterday’s Engage Learning & Teaching conference at Anglia Ruskin University.. In one of them, I used the table gallery technique that I turn to frequently as a way to engage participants in topics where there … Continue reading

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Standing, Walking, Crawling and the art of conversational learning #activelearning

On Tuesday I will be running a workshop at the Active Learning Conference at the University of Sussex. Titled ‘Standing, Walking, Crawling and the art of conversational learning’, it reflects on some of the active learning techniques I have developed … Continue reading

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Promoting learner autonomy and the question of fail-safe strategies

As an advocate of active learning, learner autonomy is never far from my thinking. The development of confident autonomous lifelong learners and intrinsically motivated self-determined graduates captures, for me, the primary purpose of a UK higher education. It is the … Continue reading

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#Twalk – a new active pedagogy explained

This post, and the ones that will follow, reflect on the Twalk as a pedagogy. In particular, I consider how students can draw upon the conversational activity and use the data it generates as the basis for developing and explaining … Continue reading

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