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Engaging Imagination: Helping students become creative thinkers

February 26, 2017 in Reading Journal

This book explains how creativity is heavily linked to student interest/ attention (of potentially, any subject-whether art & design related or not).

The book also talks about the advantages and pitfalls of the digital classroom environment. And this relates to my recent discovery of MOOCs, which I naively knew nothing about before meeting a freelance client last week, who discussed the possibility of me producing illustrations for a MOOC he is developing with the Cadbury Research Library about their exquisite Mingana Manuscripts collection at Birmingham University.

I also, shortly after this discovery, learn about the inception of MOOCs within the historical context of higher education (at our PG Cert seminar held on 24/02/2017).

Visual diagram breaking down the definition of a MOOC

Image by Mathieu Plourde

 

This book was useful to me as the language was one I felt could penetrate into my brain a little more easily, like one of the concepts they discuss on modes of learning: to “get the learning to stick”.

I’m still a little hazy on the difference between ‘engagement’ and ‘learning’, but these pedagogical ‘tips’ definitely helped me.

Axiomatic principles that work with students (summarised):

  • make it personal/relate to the learners
  • provide different modes of learning resources
  • ‘jerk them out’ of their comfort zones of learning methods, if complacency is observed.

Breaking down the idea and act of ‘Reflection’ and what it means for teachers and students to reflect. One thing that I’m left pondering about is to explore how I, as a teacher, might understand if a student knows all of the ‘multimodal approaches’ that allow a person to process information. Also, how and when do I gauge if a student, by the point of higher education, necessarily understands what is the most effective approach for their individual learning experiences?

I’m about halfway through this read, but I think I’ll continue to finish all of this and add into this post. It seems as if I will uncover further discoveries I will feel a need to document for my own teaching practices, moving forward.

When We Design for Disability, We Design for All

February 26, 2017 in Reading Journal

A thought provoking TED Talk from Disability Rights Lawyer on essentially, the derivatives of ‘Inclusive Design’ as a concept. I wonder if anyone could argue against this concept?

https://www.ted.com/talks/elise_roy_when_we_design_for_disability_we_all_benefit?utm_source=tedcomshare&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=tedspread

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