So the highlight of my Christmas was visiting Lego House in Billund.
The Library and Learning Support Services team includes a group of staff who serve at Learning Assistants, supporting the SPLASH team in delivering learning experiences to students across campus. Learning Assistants were recently invited to participate in a session on creative and playful learning, delivered by the SPLASH team. The group were asked to create a Lego model which represented learning. As you can see below, the models were all very different!
Each Learning Assistant then presented their model to the group, and answered questions about it. Through this process the group were able to explore concepts of learning at perhaps a deeper level than might have been possible without using Lego.
In this way, Learning Assistants had the kind of learning experience that the SPLASH team are currently bringing to students at all levels of study, and from a variety of courses. Learning Assistants have the potential to add value to these creative learning sessions by supporting and encouraging learners to engage with the novel task, as well as assisting with the significant task of distributing and collecting up the Lego sets in each session!
A wonderful example below of a model created by a small group of year 11s (15 years old) from one of Surrey’s consortium schools on the outreach programme. The students were tasked with building a representation of ‘the Law’ using Lego. They had just 10 minutes, and amongst the many and varied interpretations, some very narrative […]
I recently ran a workshop for a one-off event called Bridging the Communication Gap: Interdisciplinary Conversations. This brought together 20 researchers of all levels from engineering, physics and biosciences to explore communication across their disciplines. The aim of the workshop was to get people thinking about how to communicate with others outside of their discipline […]
Reflections on our first Grad Cert workshop: I was recently asked to run a session for staff from across faculties (tutors, lecturers, PhD researchers) undertaking the Grad Cert in Learning and Teaching, run by our Department of Higher Education. So along with colleagues Julia Anthoney and Heather Barker from SPLASH, we facilitated a session focused on exploring the […]