“We Are All Necrophiliacs”: An Unschooling-in-the-Classroom Success Story!

#Becomingeducational W14 Surely those assignments are finished NOW?!

In the wake of so much schooling – and measuring – and reading – and writing …

What teaching, learning and assessments methods SHOULD the university adopt?

How far could we take an “unschooling” approach to university LTA?

How far do we need to be “de-schooled” first?

Well – this wonderful blogpost by the Unschooling Professor gives us some excellent practice to consider…

All the best,
Sandra & Tom

The Unschooling Professor

Best. Class. Discussion. EVER.

In another course I’m teaching this semester, the students write collaboration papers every day, and we use those to launch our discussion. After a handful of readings, we have what I call a “Play Day.” I was reluctant to call it that, since that’s really what I want each of our class meetings to be; the intention is that that their papers will facilitate class as “Play Day” every day. But a designated Play Day means that they don’t need to write a paper that day, and that – I had hoped – relieves them of some anxiety and helps them to feel freer to play. [Freeing students to play is an integral aspect of deschooling, and  understanding learning as play is the foundation of unschooling. I keep wanting to write that post (Part III), but stuff keeps happening in class that I want to share…

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Friday 20th January 2017: Day 5 of #BYOD4L and the theme today is creating

#becomingeducational W13: What to do when the assignments are over?

Oh boy – this is a busy time of year – loads of you are writing numerous assignments – and all at the same time.

At some point the pain has to end – and what to do then?
Well – why don’t you pop into @BYOD4L(Bring your own devices for learning)?

Tonight #BYOD4L and #creativeHE are merging in a tweetchat – discussing creative practice.
Right up your street?
I think so!

All good luck!


Chapel Abstract

Dear friends,

So far we have all been on a high from the beginning of this week. We have plenty of evidence that learning in the open can be exciting, stimulating and engaging. Learning with others is possible if we make it personal and find bridges to connect with others in meaningful ways. When we show interest and also reach out and help others. Last night’s tweetchat was another fast rollercoaster and helped us all to discuss and debate collaboration but also cooperate and collaborate.

The storify from last nights topic on collaborating isHERE

Tonight’s tweetchat will be a joint chat with #CreativeHE

Tonight’s tweetchat will focus mainly on tasks. Creative tasks in collaboration with our #CreativeHE colleagues. You might want to download an app in preparation. Here are some suggestions:

  • Notegraphy
  • Penultimate
  • Photoshop mix
  • Sketchy
  • Snapchat
  • Instagram Stories

Others? This is just a starter for 10. Feel free…

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Take5 #17 – #creativeHE 16-20 January – Join in if you dare!!

#becomingeducational W12 2016-17 Have a Creative New Year!!
Okay – so you have too many assignments to do and so little time. You are tired and frustrated and wondering what’s the point of it all…

Take a few moments each day next week (16-20 January) to get your creative juices flowing – making stuff – getting playful – story telling…

You will start the year refreshed – your skin will glow – your eyes will shine – and your assignments will burst with energy and vitamin C!!

Hope to see you there next week.

You know it makes sense!

Take 5

*** STOP PRESS: #creativeHE new run: 16-20 Jan!! ***

A new version of #creativeHE with a focus on creativity, play, narrative & storytelling and making will be offered by MMU’s CELT in collaboration with London Metropolitan University’s CPED 16-20 Jan 2017.


Participants are invited from across the sector – such that colleagues from both institutions and elsewhere will have the opportunity to learn and develop together within a diverse and distributed community of higher education practitioners. Get together with colleagues who are involved in teaching, supporting learning or development of others with an interest in creative teaching and learning, who would like to explore innovative learning and teaching.

In #creativeHE practical creative tasks will be explored together with related pedagogical theory and literature. Participants will experience learning through play, games, models and stories and actively experiment with such approaches. This will help to further develop understanding, knowledge, skills and practices…

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10 days and counting down to #BYOD4L 2017

#becomingeducational HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Just a little prompt – in case you aren’t quite busy enough… Another run of Bring Your Own Devices for Learning is just about to start!!
Actively join in – or follow the conversations using #BYOD4L.



Happy New Year everyone from all in the BYOD4L team.  We’re getting set to help brighten up the long January days and nights with the return of BYOD4L on January the 16th. Once again we’ll  be spending five days  connecting, communicating, curating, collaborating and creating with colleagues from across the UK and the rest of the world.

We hope you’ll be able to join us in various places across the web over the week. As ever there will be daily updates here, nightly tweet chats between 8-9pm, our Google+ community and well anywhere/anything else that you would like to add.

This year we’re hoping to make the event a bit more personal by sharing more digital stories of the byod4l experience.  We hope that this will provide creative, reflective opportunity for some of our regular participants (maybe something to use as evidence for formal CPD opportunities, check out this useful…

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