Category Archives: Academic innovation

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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Celebrate #imperfection. Challenge resilience.

I listed to Thomas Curran’s TedTalk ‘Our dangerous obsession with perfectionism is getting worse’ before I left for work this morning. Curran warns against perfectionism, and his warning kept me thinking all day. Here are three mini-stories that explain why … Continue reading

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