I’ve been thinking a lot about creative processes recently – about how, if all one sees is the end product, it’s easy to assume that the creator produced it effortlessly. This morning, as I was doodling a happy birthday message for Susan, I was thinking about this again. Now, I don’t pretend that my doodles are works of creative genius, but I’ve picked up little tricks so that I can do them quickly, and not get bogged down in the […]
What make a good assessment principle? Not unsurprisingly, I’ve been looking at David Nicol’s answers to this question. Here’s my representation of his answer to the question which I have taken from a 2007 keynote paper he gave – I’m finding that writing it out like this is helping me to understand how to explain it: Take a key idea from published research and use this to generate a set of principles: These principles should guide practitioners and be flexible, […]
I’ve been dying to shout this out loud, and now I can. As my Facebook friends will know, on March 1st I take up a two year secondment to our Adam Smith Business School as a Teaching Fellow working with David Nicol on assessment and feedback. I’m very excited to have a research and teaching post, and amused that in my contract I have to sign to abide by copyright rules about photocopying. Watch this space ….
Little things can mean a lot. I helped a friend with a job application this week – for a job I really hope they get for lots of reasons. They remembered me talking about my button collection and brought one in as a present for me – just a spare button off a shirt, but it is such a thoughtful act. Now I have a designer button in my collection.
I’m really enjoying making gifs at the moment. Today I’ve been messing around with Giphy and my little frog jester that I drew for #NetNarr. First I scanned my drawing to my PC and cropped it, then I used a combination of PPT and Paint to screen grab the image into three different places on screen. Then I used Giphy.com to make a slideshow and played around with the decoration options to add text and chance the backgrounds. Here’s a […]
Today’s Daily Create challenge is to: Write a poem using the N+7 form, conceived of by the French poets of the Oulipo movement. Choose a text, such as Elizabeth Bishop’s “One Art,” and replace each noun in that text with the noun occurring seven entries below it in your dictionary. Next, try the exercise with one of your own poems. For more on the poets of the Oulipo, try this. So, here’s a stanza of a collaborative sestina I wrote a while back: Rhizomatic […]
I always feel the pressure is on a bit when it’s a Daily Create that I suggested – you’d think I’d have an idea about what to create when I submitted it, but I rarely do. So today, I’ve been thinking about what to do: Nobody wants to be thought of as a one trick pony. But if you had a one trick pony, what would that trick be? Draw it, sing it, write about it. In the end I […]
It’s Burns Night this week, so for yesterday’s DDA (which I am doing late) I chose Robbie Burns’ Address to a Haggis, translated it into Portguese, then into Bulgarian, and then into English. Here’s the result: Hagis Address Honestly, your honest face, Great boss of pudding running! Abon them “Take your place, Pain, envelopes or trauma: Weale is worthy of grace Like my ling is like lang. The drift that moaned there, Her strikes are like a distant hill, His […]
I wanted to make a gif today. I’d been reading about how to do this in GIMP, and a cold, damp Saturday seemed like the perfect day to experiment. So I doodled a little bird and scanned it to my computer so I could get two identical images. Then I drew a set of wings on each and coloured them both in. After that I scanned them both back to my PC, cropped them in Paint, […]
I love buttons. This is the contents of my button tin, tipped out onto one of my favourite trays. I’ve been collecting these buttons for as long as I can remember – some were handed down by great grandmothers, some were spare buttons from clothes long gone, others (like the frogs, ducks and butterflies) bought online because they caught my fancy. In the middle of the picture are three silver buttons with stars – spares from my wedding dress which […]
Imagine you’d be making a trip of more than 15 years long. Get your babies on the way, each in a different continent. And do all that driving a 90 year old car. TDC2187 If I had the time, I’d take a trip around the world and meet all of the DS106 and CLMooc folk . First the UK and Europe Then down to Australia and New Zealand (and also to the Philippines, to see a rhizo pal) Up to […]
Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law states that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. I think that’s probably true of many things and not just limited to technology – that many things that others do look like magic from the outside. And if this is so, then there’s a lot of important lessons to be learnt by those of us who are interested on how folk learn, and how we teach. Here’s a couple that spring to mind. First, if all we […]
Twitter gets a lot of bad press, for many reasons. But, for me, it’s a place I find like-minded friends who are generous, caring and creative. So today’s #DecDoodle is a Twitter dove with an olive branch – symbolising my hope that 2018 will continue to be a time of sharing, making and of love.
I’m giving a paper at the SocMedHE conference at Sheffield Hallam this Tuesday called Creative Playfulness and Convivial Interactions in a Participatory Culture: recent findings and implications for Higher Education. It’s based on some of the findings from my PhD research on CLMoooc, and I’m suggesting that CLMooc is better thought of as an affinity space than as a community, as it’s the things that we do that bring us together. I think that the best way to describe CLMooc is […]
I’ve had two things on my mind this week – the first is the amazing cover of Little Boxes by Walk off the Earth: (this is a serious earworm – catchy tune and lyrics which are political satire as relevant today as when the song was first written in 1962); the second is how to make assessment and feedback useful to students. And, actually, I think that both of these are connected. It strikes me that often feedback is spoken […]