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Our exploration of how creativity features in the process of making has been curated in Academic Magazine CAM12A & 12B. It would be great to carry on this conversation in this space and we welcome illustrations of how creativity features in making artefacts in your discipline.

The magazine is free to download at

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Tim Blais just released another amazing video from A Capella Science.

Nanobot talks about the chemical makeup and operation of nanodevices.

This is an example of an imaginative and creative work. This guy is inspiring a new generation of scientists around the world.

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Creativity in Making

In the next issue of Creative Academic Magazine #12 scheduled for publication towards the end of September 2018, we will explore the process of making and how creativity features in it. This is an open invitation to anyone who would like to share how making features in their disciplinary practices.

Yesterday I came across this interesting example of creativity in making music by one of my favourite composer performers Ólafur Arnolds on the NPR Tiny Desk Concert platform. As he plays his electronic keyboard two upright pianos play the notes behind him. Ólafur explains, "I've spent two years and all of my money on this — to make my pianos go bleep-bloop." What Ólafur was referring to is software that he and his coder friend, Halldór Eldjárn developed. A computer, loaded with this musical software, "listens" to Ólafur's keyboard performance and responds by creating patterns that are musically in tune with the chord or notes Ólafur performs.

So why do this? Basically, it's a way to break out of the box musicians often fall back on as performers — the familiar responses that years of playing can reinforce. With that is the hope that the computer will create a response that is unfamiliar and, in some cases through speed of performance and the sheer number of notes played, impossible for a human to have made. So, it breathes new life into the music for the listener and the performer.

This story illustrate the difference between making as a project and making as a process of growth through which individuals develop their tools and themselves to create entirely new things within their domain of practice.
Notes by Bob Boilen NPR Music

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Exploring Imagination in Learning, Education & Practice

Dear members of the community we are pleased to inform you that the latest issue of Creative Academic Magazine is now available. Gillian Judson, who led the recent #creativeHE conversation on imagination, is Guest Editor. The magazine is free to download from our website.

We welcome comments and further discussion on any of the ideas contained in the magazine.

CAM11B will be published soon and this will curate the recent #creativeHE conversation.

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Through this conversation we are seeking to gain a better understanding of what using imagination means to participants in their everyday life, their work and in educational settings, and how they stimulate and cultivate their own imaginations and the imaginations of others.

Here’s our rough plan for the week – as always we will wander wherever our imaginations take us

Road Map
DAY 1 Focus on everyday life
DAY 2 Focus on work / disciplinary contexts
DAY 3 Imagination challenge
DAY 4 Focus on education
DAY 5 Focus on education
DAY 6/7 Sharing experiences of imagination challenge

Gillian is also Guest Editor for the next issue of Creative Academic Magazine and we will include highlights of this conversation in the magazine.

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+Norman Jackson Just as applicable for Higher Ed!

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NEXT #creative discussion March 6-20th

I would like to invite you to join our next discussion on the #creativeHE forum.
Participants are invited to make an artefact eg object, painting, poem, story, song, music anything and then reflect on the process and share perspectives on how their creativity emerged.

To join the conversation please use this link

This will be our contribution to the global Open Education week
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