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Good morning everybody,

We hope that you are well. Our #creativeHE meet-up registration for October is now open. Please check out . We are looking forward to seeing you on the 24th of October at the University of Salford.

Please feel free to share this invitation with further colleagues and students.

Thank you +Neil Withnell for organising our first meet-up.

Really looking forward to seeing some of you there ;)


This looks a really good opportunity for someone you may know…

PhD Scholarship at the University of South Australia

Collaborative creativity and innovation in virtual environments

A PhD scholarship is available to support a fully funded doctoral candidate exploring how shared virtual environments might foster collaborative creativity and innovation.


Recent advances in ICT, networking, and social media technologies have illustrated how social formation can be affected by technological change. Multimodal approaches to interactive systems, where multiple human communication and sensory systems are engaged in interacting with computers and other humans, offer as yet unrealised potential in the creative arts, tele-collaboration, online education and scenario simulation (serious games). This program of research will consider emerging communication and visualisation technologies, in the form of networked, augmented and virtual reality systems, and investigate how these emerging technologies are likely to transform social interaction, collaboration, behaviour, and society.

The program of research will employ hybrid methods derived from the creative arts, Human Computer Interaction research, and human movement and performance analysis, along with agile software development methods, to develop systems for, and gain insights into, multimodal human computer interaction and inter-personal interaction in virtual and augmented environments. The PhD candidate will investigate how shared virtual environments affect human interaction and collaborative creativity across disciplines and how creativity in the arts and sciences might contribute to social transformation.

The research will address questions such as:

· How shared virtual environments affect human interaction and collaborative creativity?
· How creativity in the arts and sciences may be transformed by such technologies?

Research Environment

Research will be undertaken within the Creative Computing Studio of the School of Art, Architecture and Design; a University of South Australia research facility equipped with state of the art Virtual and Augmented Reality equipment, motion capture and other interactive systems. The successful candidate will also be aligned with the University’s Advanced Computing Research Centre and benefit from working within the context of the Australian Research Council funded Collaborative Embodied Movement Design Network, which includes partners Swinburne University, Deakin University, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, Queensland University of Technology, and Coventry University (UK).

The Principal Supervisor will be Professor Simon Biggs, an expert in interactive media and human computer interaction in the context of the creative arts and Director of the Creative Computing Studio. Co-supervisors include Professor Bruce Thomas, Director of the Wearable Computer Lab within the Advanced Computing Research Centre (of which he is Deputy Director), a world leading researcher in Human Computer Interaction and ubiquitous computing; Dr. Alison Gwilt, an internationally recognised researcher in smart textiles, wearable technologies and sustainable fashion; and Dr. Scott Delahunta (Deakin and Coventry Universities), a renowned researcher in the area of dance, human movement, and performance analysis. Dr. Delahunta is Director of Motion Bank at Mainz University of Applied Sciences in Germany, which will provide further opportunities for the successful candidate to extend their research.

The research will focus on developing a prototype multimodal interactive system and a series of experimental scenarios for the system. The successful candidate will contribute to the synthesis of research methods from the creative arts, HCI and human movement analysis to deliver an enhanced framework for evaluating human interaction in such environments and delivering insights into the systems efficacy and how it might be further developed and applied.


The PhD scholarship is open to Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents of Australia and international students.

It is expected applicants will fulfil the requirements of candidature for a PhD place at the University of South Australia, which means holding a first class Honours degree (or equivalent). International applicants must also meet the University’s English language proficiency standards. The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis that the candidate be studying full-time and be resident in Adelaide, South Australia, for the duration of the PhD.

The candidate will benefit from a full fee waiver (for eligible Australian residents) and an annual living stipend of AUS$26,682.00 for the three-year duration of the studentship. The period of the candidature is expected to be from February 2018 – February 2021.

How to apply

Proposals for the studentship must include:

· A project proposal, including rationale, proposed methodology and methods, anticipated outcomes and a timeline.
· A full curriculum vitae.
· A portfolio of creative work, if relevant.
· Evidence of academic achievement (i.e. full academic transcripts).
· The names and contact details of two academic referees.

The application should be received no later than Friday 8 December, 2017.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a selection panel interview.

Further information on the application process can be found at:

This scholarship is supported by the University of South Australia's Research Themes Investment Scheme.

Further information:

If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Professor Simon Biggs at:

or by mail at:

Professor Simon Biggs
School of Art, Architecture and Design
University of South Australia
GPO Box 2471
South Australia
5001 - 0455

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I need your help. Based as I am in the US, I have access to workshop ideas and practices done here but not so much those you've experienced where you are in the world. I am looking for the best ideas, techniques, stories, and inspirations from any workshop. Are there leaders you would recommend, theories of workshop structures, ways to measure effectiveness? If you have a chance, would you share so that I can have some new directions to go with this?

As part of my informal "study", I've used analogy learning to explore different workshops. Yesterday I went to observe and talk to a master luthier. He shared that he uses two different kinds of wood on an instrument. The front is made of a wood that vibrates and the back of the instrument has a hardwood that pushes the sound forward. Each kind of wood has a different sound and he tunes those two kinds of wood to a certain note for the front and a different one for the back. The supports/bridges inside all focus the sound to come from the opening in the wood. He said this is how such a small instrument can get such a large sound out.

Workshops are the same, something small that is intended to get something large out there and heard in the world. There is something that resonates in the space but the goal of the workshop is to also have the push to move that created "sound" forward out in the world. I want to find the "tone" of a workshop by "reading it" because (like violins) I believe workshops are also made to be repaired.

Thanks for any help you can give!

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Thanks much appreciated, I am looking at the longitudinal effect of delivering a creativity intervention on the workplace years after students did the creativity intervention and finding significant effects (functional and transformational) years later but it is a very small sample. Following that I have proposed a new model which I hope will be useful going forward and that other creative teachers and facilitators may be able to use and build on. A core argument of the thesis is that creativity should be a core part of the business curriculum but for most sadly it still is missing.

Dear colleagues,

The EducART Project ( is sponsored by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the city of Montreal, and the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec. It is designed to help high-school teachers create learning activities based on visual arts.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the CEGEP system in Quebec, each college was invited to choose an artwork from the museum’s collection and propose a learning activity inspired by it. Representing Vanier College, I created the video Art, Science & Perception. Here is the link:

I thought you might like to see it.


Jailson Lima
Chemistry Department
Vanier College
Montreal, QC

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Dear friends,

I discovered Paul's inspirational talk Telling Tales and am sharing this with you here. He raises some important issues. Would love to hear your thoughts, for example about about the lack of discussions around "creative sciences" and that we do with creative people who don't fit in...

Thank you for sharing with us all Paul.



Hello everybody,

Our very first #creativeHE meet-up will be on the 24th of October at the University of Salford. Our colleagues Neil Withnell is helping us organise this with further colleagues. The registration will be available from next week. We hope to start at 12pm and be together until around 3pm or a little bit longer ;).

We are open to your ideas and suggestions.

All welcome, staff, students and the wider public.


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Hi there everyone,
I've just joined this community as I run the MA 'Creative Education: Making Learning' at Plymouth College of Art. It's our first year, and we are exciting to start with a very diverse group of artist-educators. There are a few places left for a October start, part time programme over two years. Feel free to get in touch for more information. Looking forward to meet some of you at the #creativeHE Meetings to exchange ideas and practices!

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Insight versus Analysis!

Just had a few words published in this week's 'New Scientist' magazine. It was in 'The Last Word' section where readers send in questions, and anyone can write in with an answer.

The question was about what is going on when we get stuck in meeting a challenge (in this case solving a cryptic crossword puzzle), and then after having a break from it, we are able to make much greater progress when returning to it?

In answering the question I discussed what is known as 'Incubation' where we are allegedly still working on the problem in the background of the mind when we take a break from it. Incubation has never been proven by neuroscience, but studies have shown there are two distinct modes of thinking (and these are not at all related to the over-simplified view of brain hemispherical specialisation) when tackling a challenge. These are called 'Analytical thinking' and 'Insightful thinking' and are associated with different behaviours.
When we focus on a challenge we tend to default to analytical thinking where we break the problem up into chunks, and then with the help of mental associations (creativity-lite) and earlier experience and knowledge, we re-construct the separate parts and arrive at a solution.

Insightful thinking however is more introspective, and draws more on a deeper form of creativity over which we have no volitional control. What we can do however is learn to switch off the analytical process, and in so doing an insight may or may not appear. Time and a changing environment are ways of out-witting analytical thought. That's why it's important to physically get away from the challenge, and do something different, especially if it involves physical activity. By distracting the analytical process insightful ideas can sneak through. When we have insights it's important to record them instantly otherwise minutes later all we remember is that we had an insight!

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NEW! #creativeHE combines offline & online conversations and activities

#creativeHE is an open collaborative community for creative and innovative practitioners growing out of the Greenhouse initiative that operated from 2014-2016 at Manchester Metropolitan University (Nerantzi, 2016) and the online #creativeHE community at through which a series of online events and courses have been offered by the Centre for
Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University in partnership with Creative Academic and facilitators from a range of institutions nationally and internationally. In the coming year we will continue connecting, collaborating, experimenting and learning together online, what is new, is the addition of gatherings locally, initially in the NW of England but ultimately anywhere there is an interest and we are welcome.

This initiative aims to support pedagogical rebels and free-thinking innovators in experimenting with, developing, sharing and getting support for novel learning and teaching ideas as well as initiate and disseminate research activity around these that have the power to transform the student and staff experience within and beyond institutional boundaries.

This community is open to anyone who would like to join, academic staff, students and the wider public. All who have an interest in creative and innovative approaches to teaching and helping others learn.

We plan to meet physically on a monthly basis, each time at a different institution. During our gatherings, we will have the opportunity to get to know each other, share and grow new ideas, take risks and support each other in our creative adventures, experiment and play, as well as test and develop pedagogical ideas and identify ways to take them forward.

We will continue using the #creativeHE online community space which now supports and connects a global community of over 600 people. Furthermore, this space will offer additional opportunities for professional development through online discussions, events and courses that are organised through #creativeHE, the Creative Academic and the wider academic community. The openly licensed #101creativeideas project will help us collect and share our ideas and the pedagogic innovators project (#pin) to engage in related research activities.

Our monthly local gatherings will be half days. We welcome institutions who would like to participate in #creativeHE events by organising a local gathering. All we need is a flexible space for up to 30 individuals.

We suggest that each gathering features time for socialising. As the gatherings will all be free and open, we encourage each participant to bring a gift of food and/or non-alcoholic drinks to share with other participants. Homemade and more healthy contributions are very welcome as are foods from different cultures. In this simple way we aim to encourage sharing of the many cultures that make up our society.

The institutional contact will coordinate the monthly gathering and a booking system will be in place through CELT at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Our first local gathering will be in October at the University of Salford. More details regarding this will follow.

If you would like to become a creative champion in your institution, please get in touch with us.

We are really looking forward to seeing you again online and locally,

Chrissi and Norman on behalf of the #creativeHE team

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