Time flies, especially recently. But today I came home to find a card from Kevin, and that prompted me to sort through my collection and write some to CLMOOC friends. Our theme this month is questions, and as I thought through some to write on my cards I felt myself relax and forget about all of the marking that looms. Kevin asks a good question: I wonder …
A timely earworm for me this week as I am marking philosophy exam scripts. The lyrics are actually about our broken society, but the title of the song speaks to me as I try to decipher scrawly handwriting and make the best sense I can of the jumbled thoughts written under pressure. Education could, and should, be more kind, in my opinion. This semester has been particularly hard, with the strike action and weather leading to lost teaching time – […]
Back from a quick weekend break to Shetland. The views from our hotel window in Lerwick was amazing, and Niall spent a lot of time looking at divers and working out what they were.
It’s not surprise to find that Jeremy Hunt is talking rubbish again this week. In a Guardian article we hear that he is proposing a universal social media limit for every child. Sound good? Maybe – except that there’s no evidence to suggest that this policy is necessary. Politicians – pfff. Not worth wasting typing time on. But there’s an undercurrent here (of course) about controlling the masses, and I suspect Hunt and his cronies are trying to attempt to […]
Spring is coming, finally. It’s been a hard winter and I think the blooms are 2-3 weeks later than last year, but looking out at my garden I see an explosion of forsythia blooms, and our narcissi and daffodils are cheerfully poking up under our fruit trees. Last October, when I was down for one sister’s 50th birthday, my youngest sister and her daughter gave me a pack of Cornish daffodil buds called “Loveday”. I don’t mention this much, but […]
For the last few weeks I’ve been watching a plan unfold, from the initial glimmering of an idea to glorious technicolour explosion. Moshie took our brief – to design an alchemy lab – and stunned us with her beautiful, detailed drawings. Niall worked his magic and turned these 2D drawings into a 360 degree VR lab. Kevin put together a Thinglink and populated it with the images and all of the submissions. Wendy did some H5P magic and lots of other stuff. […]
Today, as part of the drawing challenge some of us are participating in, I made a gif. Happy Easter, everybody.
Today I started to learn bootstrap, thanks to a conversation with somebody who thought I was more competent than I think I am. So far all I have learnt is the basics, like how to add background colours, and how to use this skill to write a poem for today’s Daily Create:
This post is inspired by a phrase Amy Burvall said in the latest netnarr hangout : Abstraction Repetition Emotion I took one of Susan’s pictures and abstracted the star from it by using Paint: Then I used the star to create nine images – first with one star in a white square, then two, then three, right up to nine: Next I launched GIMP and opened all nine files as layers, exported as a gif, and uploaded the result to Giphy.com via […]
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 […]