Raunächte: Harsh Nights Raunächte begin at winter solstice1–today–and they coincide with the university being closed for the holidays. During this time, work is in this in-between space, it does exist and doesn’t at the same time. It’s rules are suspended waiting to begin anew in January. The twelve nights of Raunächte2 are created by the … Continue reading Raunächte: Join the End of Year Reflections
The quiz This is particularly for colleagues who either undertake SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) project or colleagues who support it. Also if you are from social sciences, or education your perspective will be helpful! There is a persistent habit of jumping straight from a project idea to methods, regularly without even formulating a … Continue reading Can you help me break my quiz?
SoTL is Educational Research SoTL is intrinsically linked to your teaching practice. Whatever this practice may look like from traditional classroom teaching, to supporting learning, and supervision. You are a core part of this process, both in influencing pedagogy as well as in gathering data, analysing it and implementing changes. You might however, beg, borrow, … Continue reading AcWriMo2022: Debunking 4 SoTL Myths
This post is aimed at colleagues who (like I used to be) are mainly social media lurkers; who want to make the next step but are worried about it. Table of Content Introduction Remember my blogpost about the wicked problem of creating space for different voices? Particularly, the point about how to encourage participation? I … Continue reading Public Participation: An Emotional Rollercoaster
Somewhere on the wilderness of the World Wide Web I stumbled across this contemplation about comfort work by Austin Kleon. The idea was so relatable it made me contemplate not only how I work but also if framing things under this light might help with motivation during challenging times. First things first. Austin Kleon defines … Continue reading Writing is Comfort Work
Maybe not all mindfulness techniques but some of the most common: deep breathing, and body check are not as simple or risk free as you might think: How Deep Breathing Can Worsen Trauma Responses | Psychology Today It is a dreich rainy first November here in Scotland. And at 7 am I am contemplating my … Continue reading Mindfulness is NOT a panacea for anxious students
Dr Vicki Dale and I are running a very hands-on postgraduate course around creative pedagogies. One of the core messages I think we still have to make stronger–there was yet another course participant asking for discipline specific pedagogies–teaching methods are in the least interdisciplinary–although I vote for transdisciplinarity! So I am making a public plea: … Continue reading Looking Beyond: Thoughts on Teaching Models
This has been a very slow blogging year. I made up for it with several publications, including lead editor for an open access book and starting our oSoTL journal. The second edition was just published and edition three plus a special edition are in the works. So trying to get my blogging mojo back for … Continue reading #AcWriMo 2022
…or thinking about rivers ‘We are all tired.’ These words reverberate through higher education, no matter the country. We are all tired. Normally in October I have a plan for the academic year, the next quarter and the month. This is one of my key strategies to stay on top of the ADHD-fall out—being highly … Continue reading Why Most Productivity Advice is Pointless
Just coping, not quite fine In a conversation with my students (who are also peers and colleagues) today we were talking about how we all struggle at the moment. What emerged from the conversation is that we all felt things should be easier this year. We have pivoted online, we know how everything works. And … Continue reading Is it because the spaces never close?
Autumn Jam Recipe Ingredients 1kg pumpkin 1kg apples Lemon juice Canning sugar or pectin 1 Tablespoon cinnamon Prepare Jam peeled, seeds taken out, cut in pieces add cinnamon to taste (I think I used a generous tablespoon full) add jam sugar (or pectin if you want to avoid additional sugar), instructions on how much per … Continue reading Pumpkin Apple Cinnamon Jam
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Led by: Dr Linnea Soler @DrLinneaSoler & Dr Nathalie Tasler @drntasler Image from Pixaby by Gerhard G “There’s often a thin line between aggregation and theft. Sending readers to savor the work of others at the sites where they publish — that’s one thing. Excerpting or paraphrasing at length, so the… Continue reading #LTHEchat 217: Symbiotic versus Parasitic Aggregation–Good Practice for Social Media
good point Danielle about good design degrading – I think that must be true for most things, but then some Celtic jewellery is still incredibly beautiful today, so there's something enduring about good design, even if some of it changes over time #LTHEchat — Virna (@VirnaRossi) June 9, 2021 In the #LTHEchat above Virna Rossi … Continue reading Of Jewelry Making and Curriculum Design
I met a colleague today. In real life 3D and colour! First time in the Westend in over nine months. It’s strange I forgot how Glasgow smells in the rain. It’s a Weeg thing. Only Glasgow smells like this. When it rains, hues of swamp rise from the Kelvin walkway, dust caked to the sidewalk … Continue reading First Time in the City in Months
I was gutted to read that the wonderful Dr Natasha Taylor is posting the last SoTLwalk The June SoTL Walk: Our final ramble! – Elemental (rmit.edu.au). So if you have some time join in on the Padlet or on Twitter with the #SoTLwalk hashtag and help celebrate Natasha’s wonderful initiative, which has helped bring people … Continue reading The Last SoTLwalk