Learning environments: a review of some university classrooms

Hieronymus Bosch. The Garden of Earthly Delights. Madrid, Museo del Prado. Detail via @boschbot.

I have now been teaching at UBC for ten years. I’ve taught in 43 classrooms; some of them for more than one course, and some of them for courses that were in a different room for every class in a week. Another two will be added to the list in the coming academic year. It is time for some reviewing. (more…)

Cheese scones are my madeleines


Ceci n’est pas l’apprentissage littéraire

Or: why I don’t write book reviews. (more…)

innovations (1-3)

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The armchair innovatrix, hard at work on your behalf.

My institution is big on innovation, being as it is “a place of mind” with lots going on that is lively, dynamic, engaging and engaged, rich and enriching, giving and giving back, saving the world, and being creative. Especially creating fame and fortune, “from here” as the historic slogan goes. (We arrived here at the start of that campaign, which I guess in its own terms was “historic” and “epic.”)

This piece brings together UBC’s brand identity and some ideas for some actual innovation. It is part of a sequence. It follows on directly—as an application into material practice—from a first piece about innovation and sustainable renovation, “readings on reading” (2014-01-13) which in turn continues in “innovation: exciting updates!” (2014-02-05), featuring news about UBC’s Innovation Strategy and a new Innovation Catalyst. Suggestions for actual innovations resume in “innovations (4-5)” (2014-02-05) and in  some of the other posts tagged innovatively, such as “inhuman lacks of resources” (2014-11-05). (more…)


PÖANG armchair (matching footstool out of shot). From IKEA of Elizabeth, NJ (2004).

Hairy Man. From John Bulwer’s “Anthropometamorphosis: Man Transformed: or the Artificial Changling” (1653).

Or, Big Hairy Post no. 3. From the sublime to the ridiculous.

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