Category Archives: employability

Teaching ‘whole people’ holistically – understanding co-operative learning

Andresen, Boud and Choen (2000) set out criteria for experience-based learning. The goal of experience-based learning involves something personally significant or meaningful to the students; Students should be personally engaged; Reflective thought and opportunities for students to write or discuss … Continue reading

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Product – co-production vs commodification as a site of learning

Yesterday, I spent much of my time in meetings: one appraisal, one research-related, one project-related, and one a planning meeting. Coincidently, each of those four meetings required me to remind myself that an education is not, “A thing that can … Continue reading

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Gamification – a way to understand #activeleaning

I have been interested in games-based learning and playful learning since the early 2000s when I came across J. P. Gee’s work and since leading work on creative development in academic practice. The Creative Development Team I was responsible for … Continue reading

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Holistic model of active learning for integrated employability #activelearning

You may be aware that I changed job this year and I now have the privilege of leading work in support of Anglia Ruskin University’s Active Curriculum Framework. It was the institutional commitment to active learning in its Education Strategy … Continue reading

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Active co-operativism for active learning

This is a second post looking at the student’s role and the academic skills and dispositions needed for success in the active classroom. The first looked at active listening. Here, I suggest active co-operativism is an attitude and an ethos … 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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A Dependency-Autonomy model for personal and professional development planning

The challenge of framing employability in relation to personal and professional development planning has been a constant consideration for the team I am leading to support an integrated view of employability in the curriculum. The natural inclination of academics, in … Continue reading

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