I’ve just finished teaching this year’s PGCert in Creative Education at UCA. Quite a few of the participants have expressed an interest in continuing to engage with the course culture (which hopefully suggests they had a good experience…). Through my work with the Quality of Experience Company (QoE), we’re also looking to deepen engagement with … More How do you build a community of practice?
We talk a lot about understanding customers’ needs and students’ needs. But how much do we really want to know? Whether it comes out of a positive or negative situation, a need indicates an opportunity. If I’m having a bad time with a product or a service, I need it to be better. And if … More Why we should care about needs
I’m reading a great book by Rudolph Steiner called ‘Knowledge of the Higher Worlds: How is it Achieved?’ In the book, Steiner emphasises the importance of taking time out each day to quieten our minds in order to achieve higher levels of cognition. Steiner knew more than a few things about the power of the … More The power of a quiet mind
Sometimes you come across research that you just can’t ignore. While a lot of educational research can be context-dependent and difficult to generalise, just occasionally somebody pulls it all together. In his seminal book on teaching and learning in higher education, John Biggs highlights a piece of research done by Hattie (2009) into ‘what works … More High impact learning strategies
If you’re looking for a creative approach to education, then Lumiar is it. The underlying foundation of our pedagogical methodology is to promote learner autonomy and the holistic development of the child through the exploration of their passions, interests, and strengths—in a stimulating, democratic, and creative learning environment. How amazing is that? Lumiar is an … More Lumiar: creative education in action
Persuasion is one of the most fundamental human characteristics. And according to a survey by LinkedIn, persuasion is second only to creativity in the list of top cores soft skills in business. But while persuasion has a bad rep due to its link with manipulation, influencing is often viewed as a more positive interpretation. Whether … More Influencing is dependent on empathy
I’m taking the family on a road trip next week. We’re going to visit a school called Lumiar near Ramsgate in Kent. It looks awesome. I first came across Lumiar through an inspirational TED talk by its founder, Ricardo Semler. Since then, I’ve lost track of the number of people that I’ve shared the link … More Is Lumiar the future of education?
Clearly I failed in my attempt to get back into blogging regularly. But last year was crazy, so I’m going to cut myself a little slack. So I was just about to start planning my social media comeback strategy (!) for 2019, when I came across this great post by Seth Godin on why you … More Get back on the (blog) horse
I always find it fascinating when you go back to the source of an idea. So often, we read what other people have said about an author, an idea, or a text, but don’t have the opportunity (or time) to go back to the original. I’m just reading John Dewey’s short treatise Experience and Education, … More Quality of experience is everything
It’s been quite a busy six months, what with a new job, a new baby, rewriting two courses and finishing a blasted PhD. But I’m starting to come out of the fog, and it’s high time I refocused on my blog. Why? Because I keep telling people about the multiple benefits that writing on a … More The power of writing reflectively