Tag: creativity

Getting to know the ‘sticky’ campus

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“We live in a world where the workforces of today and tomorrow need to continuously learn and constantly reskill in order to flourish ina newly peripatetic and ever-changing job market place. We, as a society can therefore no longer afford to think of education as something that occurs primarily in our formative years”. Nathan Hurley,…Continue Reading Getting to know the ‘sticky’ campus

Education Estates Conference, Manchester 2019

This was my first experience of Education Estates conference, and it was a useful insight into the priorities of the Dept. of Education, architects and stakeholders across all levels of education, from nursery schools to universities. The keynote on Day 1, was titled “Schools Construction and Care Going Forward”, by Mike Green, COO and DG…Continue Reading Education Estates Conference, Manchester 2019

Why did I start blogging? Present Absence

Shoes hanging from a telephone wire

Recently, Dom Pates, Jane Secker and I were discussing the future of the blogging group once I leave City (more about that later). We ended up talking about why we started blogging. Here’s my answer. My first blog post dates back to February 2008. What were you doing then? I was living in Sao Paulo,…Continue Reading Why did I start blogging? Present Absence

Picturing how to write essays

Front cover of the book 'Writing Essays by Pictures' by Alke Groppel-Wegener

Do your students find it difficult to develop their essays? If so, Alke Groppel-Wegener’s ‘Writing Essays by Pictures’ may provide a helpful guide. She approaches what can appear to be a dry process in a creative and imaginative way. The book uses engaging visual metaphors and analogies to highlight the important aspects of academia. The writing process…Continue Reading Picturing how to write essays

Copyright, Education and the International Community of Practice

I’ve been away to two conferences in the last month presenting about one of my key research interests: copyright education. As some of you may know, I am a former librarian / copyright officer, now transformed into a Senior Lecturer in Educational Developer (yes I do sometimes have an identity crisis!) so the first conference…Continue Reading Copyright, Education and the International Community of Practice

LEaD Writing Group – Developing your creativity

This month’s theme for the LEaD Writing Group was creativity. We started by using an activity suggested by Heather Leach in The Road to Somewhere: A Creative Writing Companion. Stretch the imaginative muscle (Leach, 2014). Choose any object that you have around you. In our case, I gave the participants a book. Make a list…Continue Reading LEaD Writing Group – Developing your creativity

Walking the City

Now in its third year, the Culture Capital Exchange (TCCE) is hosting a three day Walking the City event.  This event brings together a diverse range of creative and innovative walks taking place around the capital. The variety of walk themes include: London’s natural spaces, the Sounds of Early Modern Theatre, a public salon on feminism and criticism, an experimental…Continue Reading Walking the City

The Walking Reading Group and Beyond

The highly successful Walking Reading Group, facilitated by Lydia Ashman, Ania Bas and Simone Mair, finished it’s current iteration of walks with a flurry of activity this month.  Events included a suite of walks in Bilbao, a ‘Walking as Resistance’ walk around parliament and the surrounding area with texts and themes arising from the Human Rights…Continue Reading The Walking Reading Group and Beyond

Teaching, learning, creativity and passion in higher education: notes from a conference about scholarship of teaching and learning

International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) Conference, Quebec, Canada, 22-25 October. In October 2014, I attended the ISSOTL Conference for the first time. The theme of the conference was Nurturing Passion and Creativity in Teaching and Learning. The event was hosted by Université Laval and held at the Convention Center in…Continue Reading Teaching, learning, creativity and passion in higher education: notes from a conference about scholarship of teaching and learning

Video-making Skills at City

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There is a sizable video community at City University (learning technologists, the AV department, the SU and careers to name just a few) and we recently met up in the MILL to find out: How we see our current skill levels in video-making Which areas of video-making we would like to develop Which areas could…Continue Reading Video-making Skills at City