Creative Methods

Origami workshops

CEL are extending our creativity strand to consider how the creative making process is connected with teaching and learning Origami is an ancient practice of folding paper and the Japanese form arises from ‘ori’ meaning ‘to fold’ and ‘kami’ meaning ‘paper’. Origami is practiced worldwide and you may be familiar with folded ‘fortune tellers’ and… Read more »

Reflections on a Creative Writing Workshop for Academics at BU, led by Kip Jones

By Susanne Clarke (with Trevor Hearing, Caroline Jackson, Mark Readman, Carly Stewart & Peter Wolfensberger) I am sitting here on a Saturday morning, daunted by the task ahead of me.  I am in charge of writing a blog on behalf of a wonderful group of people who I spent a couple of days with at… Read more »

Norman Jackson and Chrissi Nerantzi: faciliating a free, open online #creativeHE conversation next week 4-8th Dec

if you haven’t joined in an open conversation, here is your opportunity… and the conversation will be curated… ==== Norman Jackson and Chrissi Nerantzi are running another free, open online #creativeHE conversation next week 4-8th Dec – please join the conversation – please pass the invitation on to others who may be interested? CREATIVITY IN… Read more »

Creating creative spaces – game changers and fun at work!

Susanne Clarke – Head of Service Excellence. Creating spaces and environments which bring teams together to unleash creativity and allow game changing ideas to thrive is central to embedding excellence. There is a lot of science behind many approaches to creativity & innovation and the evidence is growing all the time. It can however, be… Read more »

FAR Think Piece One: All of us put other people first

A series of short, reflective pieces about widening participation projects is being published from within the Fair Access Research (FAR) initiative, which aim to share ideas and experiences on widening participation projects from across the university, to provoke thought and to inspire. Think Piece One is written by Dr Jacqueline Priego, postdoctoral research fellow in CEL, about a co-production… Read more »

Educational game development: ‘Duty calls’

By Peter Phillips CEL Innovation Awards, Project Update We were awarded money through the CEL innovation award to develop a prototype board game for student paramedics called Duty Calls. This game is a fun way for student paramedics to learn about the issues of professionalism and their responsibilities as aspiring healthcare professionals. Duty Calls has… Read more »

Productive procrastination resources: Research and teaching podcasts

Today’s Tale from the field is about productive ways of procrastinating. The intention is not to sabotage New Year’s resolutions, but for the following resources to be available for those much-needed breaks in-between writing sprints, or simply to listen on the go for research and teaching inspiration. I have mentioned before the National Centre for… Read more »

SRHE International Conference on Research into Higher Education – quick write up

Maggie Hutchings and myself went to the SRHE’s international conference in Wales to present our research exploring ideas of organisational learning and widening participation. Jacqueline Priego presented her research on participatory learning and undergraduate research assistants. The theme of the conference was Exploring Freedom and Control in global higher education. The thread running through the whole event was… Read more »

Exploring and Evaluating Evidence Online Unit

This October saw the launch of the online Exploring and Evaluating Evidence (EEE) unit in FHSS.  Initial indications from the unit evaluations are that many students appreciated this approach to learning and the flexibility that it offered them. This was especially true for students who would otherwise have had to travel long distances to attend… Read more »