"innovation" blog posts

Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 14 - the one with the kai

Posted on: 2 December 2021 | Category: General

Host and Guests in Online Meeting

In Episode 14, in addition to lightbulb moments, treasure island pedagogies/props and luxury items, our discussion featured Māori, Confucian and Arabic traditions and contexts, the focus on the whole person and creating the right environment for learning, including the importance of rituals that facilitate flexible and informal learning, such as through ‘kai’ (food) time.


Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 13 - the one with the GIFs

Posted on: 9 November 2021 | Category: General

Host and Guests in Online Meeting

In Episode 13, in addition to lightbulb moments, treasure island pedagogies/props and luxury items, our discussion veered from gradually lit-up to disco lightbulb moments, from simulation-based learning through to the role of debate, photo voice and the skills of using gifs.


Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 12 - the one with the Mushrooms

Posted on: 14 October 2021 | Category: General

Host and Guests in Online Meeting

In Episode 12, in addition to lightbulb moments, treasure island pedagogies, props and luxury items, our discussion rowed forwards, backwards, in full circles and spirals. We touched upon student-centred learning, authentic assessment, the concept of expansive learning, respect, the idea of learning with and from our students. We also observed that sharing knitting patterns as a communal activity is akin to the act of sharing and comparing our individual teaching practice.


Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 11 - the one with the Snake Handler

Posted on: 4 October 2021 | Category: General

Host and Guests in Online Meeting

In Episode 11, in addition to lightbulb moments, treasure island pedagogies/props and luxury items, our discussion touched on some of the ingredients that can make learning happen, from nurturing deep emotional connections, through facilitating difficult discussions (‘Pedagogies of Discomfort’) to cognitive dissonance.


Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 10 - the one with the cookbooks

Posted on: 29 September 2021 | Category: General

Host and Guests in Online Meeting

In Episode 10, in addition to lightbulb moments, treasure island pedagogies/props and luxury items, our discussion touched on various creative collaborative solving approaches with students with our luxury items making sure we will have a great time on the Treasure Island.


Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 9 - the one with the tree house

Posted on: 24 June 2021 | Category: General

Host and Guests in Online Meeting

In Episode 9, ungrading, threshold concepts, the Balloon Academy - lots of pedagogies and lightbulb moments resonated in today’s discussion. A common theme was linking learning to anything to do with moving and making.


Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 8 - the one with the Tunnocks tea cakes

Posted on: 14 May 2021 | Category: General

Host and Guests in Online Meeting

In Episode 8, so much covered by our guests: open education, involving students as partners in our initiatives, the revival of audio to have meaningful and human connections with students and more.


Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 7 - the one with the ukulele

Posted on: 30 April 2021 | Category: General

Host and Guests in Online Meeting

In Episode 7, learning is slow-burning, it takes time to nurture and it is great when it all comes together at the end. Our guests also discuss the potential of multimodal learning, through visual imagery, doodling, sketching or drawing.


Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 6 - the one with the hot air balloon

Posted on: 12 April 2021 | Category: General

Host and Guests in Online Meeting

In Episode 6, rule breaking, disruption and connectedness were shared themes between our guests and their Treasure Island Pedagogies. Our guests also challenged us to look beyond the bright side of pedagogies into their ‘shadowy siblings’.


Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 5 - the one with the coconut

Posted on: 22 March 2021 | Category: General

People in Online Meeting

In Episode 5, our guests highlight the need to be experimental and take our learners out of their comfort zone into a creative, safe space where they can learn and discover both the passion for and the science of teaching.


Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 4 - the one with the real Treasure Island

Posted on: 4 January 2021 | Category: General

Host and Four Guests in Online Meeting

In Episode 4, we discussed the challenges and opportunities of doing role-play, group discussions in an online Covid setting and bartered teaching ideas and also had a special mention of the original Treasure Island.


Treasure Island Pedagogies: Episode 3 - the one with all the Ms

Posted on: 15 December 2020 | Category: General

People in Online Meeting

In Episode 3, an episode of Ms, Mathew, Matt and Katherine share various student-centred and collaborative learning inspired lightbulb moments and teaching props.


Epidemics, Pandemics and Educational Innovation

Posted on: 11 March 2020 | Category: General

Masked Woman and Virus

With rationing in supermarkets, flights cancelled until further notice and the whole of Italy on lock down, to say we live in interesting and uncertain times is an understatement. We thought nothing could rival the complexity of Brexit; but the rapid spread of coronavirus across the globe just goes to show we should never underestimate our ability to be surprised!


Solstice Conference Edge Hill University - 5th-6th June 2019. Who are you and who do you want to be?

Posted on: 16 August 2019 | Category: Conference & Event Reports

Professor Sally Brown Poses

I attended Edge Hill’s Solstice Conference on 5th June 2019 in Ormskirk. It was a productive and fast paced day filled with great practice and inspirational talks. A real highlight of the conference was witnessing Phil Race’s semi-retirement ‘This is Your Life’ presentation and celebration.


Developing Students’ Digital Fluency in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Posted on: 8 May 2019 | Category: Conference & Event Reports

HSS Digital Fluency Event

On the 17th April 2019 the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences hosted an event to discuss digital fluency and what that means across different disciplinary contexts.


CanvasCon Europe – 9th October 2018

Posted on: 24 October 2018 | Category: Conference & Event Reports

CanvasCon Europe Event at the Barbican Centre in London

I attended the CanvasCon Europe Event at the Barbican Centre in London about implementing Canvas and the change in VLE's. This blog post documents my experiences from the day.


ALT Conference 25th Anniversary (2018)

Posted on: 11 October 2018 | Category: Conference & Event Reports

A colleague and I attended the annual Association for Learning Technology conference in Manchester on its 25th anniversary. Together we prepared a post about the event and our experiences.