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Getting Creative at the ALDinHE Conference 2015


IMG_1218Easter means the ALDInHE annual conference! This year a wide range of themes were explored, and a great time was had, at Southampton Solent University. Resources will shortly be available from the conference website

Debbie Holley and colleagues from the Professional Development Working Group offered a creativity workshop to explore the use of collage to address ‘threshold concepts and troublesome knowledge’ (Land and Meyer 2003) where students find it difficult to grasp concepts.

IMG_1239Working in groups, the participants created collages and found new ways of thinking about supporting students. Feedback comments included ‘a very inspiring session/ a simple idea and so effective/ has given me ideas.’

These ideas, and more can be explored further at the ALDinHE one day ‘Look/Make/Learn Conference on Tuesday 12 May at the London Metropolitan University Graduate Centre, the prestigious Daniel Libeskind building, one of the 10 most iconic University Buildings in the country.


and the session outcomes








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Reflective writing – links and resources

We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.’

John Dewey

Reflective writing resources:

Start here with an interactive guide – page 2 has podcasts on 4 theorists; p3 has  a working model of learning cycles, page 4 an interactive quiz for you to work through and see what kind of learner you are..

The Visual Art Project – my favourite!

“The focus of this fellowship was the production of a learning resource for students in relation to reflective writing and sketchbook development. Enabling students to become more independent in their learning in their first year was one of the main issues driving the project. In addition to this, we felt it important to make two of the central practices at an art & design university more explicit. We were also keen to be part of creating a central study skills resource available across the University, which does not exist at present. Against this background, we set out to develop materials that were created locally and collaboratively with both staff and students, to ensure that they were seen as meaningful and would have currency amongst the users”.

Jenny Moon shares 50 pages of reflective writing materials here:

Jenny Moon again – a lovely good practice guide to learning journals and logs, reflective diaries

Handouts from a one day reflective writing course:

Graham Gibbs reflective cycle with a lovely health visitor example worked through

Inspired by the year 12 students, a teacher writes

University of Reading has an excellent website

and this booklet:

Scroll down and Kolbs reflective cycle is unpacked simply:

Category: Notemaking, Study Tips

Study Tip


This is an extremely useful organisational tool. Clearly placing your name, class title and date at the top of the page makes your notes easy to file and then find later on.

Category: Notemaking, Study Tips