Even though I'm retired my work patterns seem to be in sympathy with the academic cycle. In the last couple of weeks I have been working on a plan for Creative Academic's work in the coming year with co-founder Chrissi Nerantzi. It's been a very energising process as we have generated and connected ideas, then approached people we thought might be interested and getting feedback and usually commitments. While a plan is only words on a page the affordances contained within it are huge, what it does do is build a picture or a vision of what might be in a year's time. It's both the vision and the concrete steps that make the plan both a motivating device and a tool for engagement. http://www.creativeacademic.uk/2016-17-programme.html
So much of my learning is social. I'm working on an article with Rob Ward and this afternoon he sent me something he had written and I followed up a link to a Youtube recording of a talk given by Randy Bass on e-portfolios https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWJN6Aap9nU I found it quite inspiring in the way he argued for the redesign of higher education for 2030 and his ideas linked well to my ideas on lifewide learning, creativity and learning ecologies It's well worth watching and it's got me thinking of how we might draw on some of his ideas in our creative pedagogies and learning ecologies project. Once you have a plan you have a tool for both imagination and integration.