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Next #tlcwebinar 31 Jan 17: Exploring the Ecology of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education with Prof. Norman Jackson

A teaching and learning conversation with:

 4286355 Prof. Norman Jackson 

Founder of Lifewide Education and

Creative Academic

About this conversation:

This contribution to TLC provides an opportunity to explore a bunch of ideas that try to develop an ecological perspective on higher education teaching and learning practices, particularly those pedagogic practices that encourage learners to use and develop their creativity. The session is formed around a series of concepts and propositions interspersed with activities and opportunities for discussion to enable ideas to be considered and evaluated.

Activity 1: Prior to the TLC event it would be really helpful if participants could create a short (eg about 200 words) narrative or annotated sketch of an approach they have used in their own pedagogic practice to encourage students to use their creativity. This will provide a resource that can be analysed and reflected upon during and after the conversation.

It would be great if these could be shared on the #creativeHE Google+platform which we are using to explore the idea of pedagogies for creativity.


About Norman:

Norman Jackson is Emeritus Professor of the University of Surrey and Founder of the Lifewide Education and Creative Academic social enterprises. The two most important features of his educational work reflect a concern for the lifewide (whole of life) dimension of learning and personal development, and the need to nurture learners’ creative development as well as their academic development. Both of these concerns are addressed in his current work to develop and apply the idea of learning ecologies to teaching and learning practices through the ‘Exploring Creative Pedagogies for Creative Learning Ecologies’ open learning project http://www.creativeacademic.uk/2016-17-programme.html   You can find out more about his work at: http://www.normanjackson.co.uk/  http://www.lifewideeducation.uk/  and http://www.creativeacademic.uk/

When: Tuesday 31st January 2017 12:00-13:00 (UK Time)

Joining the conversation:

Simply follow this link http://mmu.adobeconnect.com/tlc/ and enter as a guest by typing your name, institution and country into the name field and clicking on the “Join Meeting” button.

Whether or not you have previously participated in a webinar or online activity using Adobe Connect we advise that you make sure that you do some checking and preparation in advance. Check your set-up and connection here.

You may also find our Adobe Connect Webinar Participant Guide useful to print out in advance of the session.We really hope that you will be able to join for what should be a lively and highly interactive TLC.

Using poetry in teaching #TLCwebinar with Dr Sam Illingworth, join us on the 18 Oct, 1.30pm UK time

Dear colleagues,

The TLCs are back after the summer break. We now have a presence on Twitter. Please check out @tlcwebinars and follow if you like ;).

Our very first TLC this year is with Dr Sam Illingworth who will introduce us to the world of poetry in teaching. This will take place on the 18th of October, 1.30-2.30pm.

The direct link to the webinar room is https://mmu.adobeconnect.com/tlc/

Here is Sam’s introduction for the webinar: 

In this interactive session, Dr Sam Illingworth, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University, discusses how poetry can be used as a facilitatory tool to explore a variety of subjects in higher education.

A few words about Sam: 

showoff11-350x350Dr Sam Illingworth is a Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research is concerned with empowering members of society with science using a variety of different media, including poetry and theatre. As well as researching and publishing peer-reviewed papers in the area, Sam is also a practitioner and an award-winning poet and spoken word artist in his own right. He writes a regular blog in which he communicates recent research via the medium of poetry to the general public (http://thepoetryofscience.scienceblog.com/). Sam is also an experienced teacher and workshop facilitator; as well as being the Programme Leader on Manchester Met’s MSc in Science Communication he is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has experience of running poetry workshops for a wide variety of audiences, from primary school children through to scientists working in research institutions. He was recently commission by the European City of Science to pair scientists and poets to deliver an evening of science poetry as part of the city’s celebrations. He also ran a series of successful workshops on poetry writing and performance at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly (Europe’s largest geosciences conference with approximately 14,000 participants) in April 2016, culminating in a performance of poetry by scientists to a pack crowd of ~300 other scientists. More information about Sam’s research, teaching and public engagement expertise can be found on his website: http://www.samillingworth.com/

We are really looking forward to discussing poetry with Dr Sam Illingworth and all of you.

The TLCteam