Circle of niceness: mapping our values

circle ˈsəːk(ə)l/ noun Circle; plural noun: circles 1. a round plane figure whose boundary (the circumference) consists of points equidistant from a fixed point (the centre). 2.  a group of people with a shared profession, interests, or acquaintances. niceness ˈnʌɪsnəs/ noun The quality of being nice; pleasantness. synonyms: pleasantness, friendliness, agreeableness, charm, amiability, affability, kindness,  decency, geniality, cordiality, warmth, sympathy, understanding, compassion      'Circle of niceness' is a … Continue reading Circle of niceness: mapping our values

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Mindful editing: Bringing together a vision and mindfully curating this with others

As we  (that is my partner in crime Sharon McDonough and I ) come to having our manuscript for the edited book Mindfulness in the Academy: Practices and Perspectives from Scholars ready for our publisher and while we are writing our final chapter celebrating the work that the contributors have done we have been reflective. … Continue reading Mindful editing: Bringing together a vision and mindfully curating this with others

Mindfulness in the academy – learning from lived experiences

My dear friend and colleague Sharon McDonough and I are editing a book to be published by Springer called “Mindfulness in the academy: practices and perspectives from scholars”. It is due out mid to late 2018. We a curating 20 international researchers who are interested in mindful practices within their research fields, and teaching practice … Continue reading Mindfulness in the academy – learning from lived experiences

Top ten tips on social media, young people and parents – what do we need to talk about?

Three things happened last week that aligned so magnificently that I feel like it was meant to be.  The wonderful energetic Georgina Laming, aka @miss_laming, contacted me via Twitter DM late last week to ask me about  what young people and parents should know about social media. This conversation was at a time when I … Continue reading Top ten tips on social media, young people and parents – what do we need to talk about?

Social media in learning and teaching in higher education – what is important?

I’m working with some colleagues on developing a manifesto for social media in learning and teaching in higher education. This is a passion project for me. One that I have invested in for a number of years now. With all my teaching in since 2012, I have integrated some form of social media into my … Continue reading Social media in learning and teaching in higher education – what is important?

Developing a new platform for evaluating visitor engagement with art: #MuseumEdOz Tweet Chat #10

The Artcasting project team (http://www.artcastingproject.net) at the University of Edinburgh has been working closely for the past 10 months or so with colleagues at the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate, and the ARTIST ROOMS Associate Galleries (https://www.nationalgalleries.org/artistrooms ), on developing a new platform for evaluating visitor engagement with art, and exploring the ideas and … Continue reading Developing a new platform for evaluating visitor engagement with art: #MuseumEdOz Tweet Chat #10