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Making your workplace more creative

Creativity is the heart of any successful business. The ability to imagine and develop new approaches, products and ways of thinking is crucial to the longterm sustainability and profitability of any organisation. Some of our ability to be creative depends on psychology, some on working practice, some on the space we use. (Please note, I […]

Learning stories

If we believe that learning can be a profound, life-changing experience, we cannot merely scratch the surface of a subject but must burrow deeply to its core. No question worth answering is easy.  It takes time and effort. Increasingly many learning providers seem scared of expecting this level of commitment. Many people mistakenly believe that […]

Reflections on learning

The brilliant educational thinker, John Dewey, argued that “the purpose of education is to bring meaning to experience,” but discovering and embedding that meaning is not always straightforward. All too often, our ‘learning’ experiences are superficial and temporary: we learning something for a specific purpose, it’s “just in time” and then forgotten.  Learning becomes a […]

29 Ways to Stay Creative

I’ve just picked up on this lovely infographic from Islam Abudaoud. Islam has done a great job of visualising 29 well known ways to spark your creativity. There’s lots of surprisingly simple tips here, although of course, there’ll always be new research to challenge the efficacy of each idea (such as coffee not being a […]

Real things games teach

As you may know, I’m a great believer in the potential of games to engage and stimulate users. I’m more skeptical about their ability to deliver learning entirely on their own so I was intrigued to discover this Tumblr site: Real Things Video Games Teach You. It proposes transferable skills that you can acquire by […]

Who’s winning with game-based learning?

This week the UK’s National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) released a study examining the latest research about game-based learning. The main findings in the NFER report were: The literature was split on the extent to which video games can impact upon overall academic performance. The studies consistently found that video games can impact positively on […]

Creativity Review

Here are some recent articles about creativity. Creativity and children Why Are We Raising Robots? | Let Children Play Compares how adults are trying to improve their own creativity with how the lack of play strips creativity from children.  Why children lose their creativity | Stltoday Looks at how children may be forced out of creativity, finishes […]

Deeper digital learning

I saw this interesting infographic over at Getting Smart the other day. I think it makes some thought-provoking comments about how digital tools and techniques might make learning more profound.  I think the explanations are a bit little superficial (although that doesn’t mean that they are not accurate) so it would have been good to […]

Playing with online privacy

Being aware of the information we share is an increasingly important consideration in our connected lives.  Many of us don’t really think about the digital footprints we leave or what organisations might do with the apparently trivial details they gather when we sign up for new products or services.  Many “free” offers are contingent on […]