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Playful learning with origami ‘fortune tellers’

To increase engagement with a reflective writing assessment, I incorporated the use of origami ‘fortune tellers’ in an activity where students discussed the marking criteria in relation to three reflective writing examples. The activity demonstrates how playful and active learning can aid reflective thinking and writing skills. My inspiration for this activity came from this CreativeHE blog post.

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The key to my engagement? Collaborative working

The sharing and exchange of knowledge between my colleagues and I was supported by a collaborative studio environment. Having this space enabled groups of different students to form naturally, making it conducive for the exchange of a diverse range of ideas and academic knowledge.

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Speed research pods: A flexible tool for collaborative and authentic learning experiences

Peering at rows of busy frames with small, static faces and navigating staccato speaking cues is not exactly the perfect recipe for comfortable, collaborative or creative classroom sessions! Whilst Zoom has enabled valuable synchronous learning opportunities and ensured a vital continuation of learning during the pandemic, it has not been without its challenges for teaching. In particular, in encouraging meaningful student engagement.

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