Festival of Creative Learning – The process: Part 1

The experience with Innovative Learning Week team to organize an event was enlightening. We hope to continue this endevour in the Festival of Creative Learning.

We have been working with Snook to evolve Innovative Learning Week (ILW) into a Festival of Creative Learning. So far we have created a blueprint of the journey of the new festival, interviewed people involved with ILW 2016 (#ILW16) and had a design workshop with more key stakeholders from around the university to hear their thoughts and input about the best way forward with the festival.

As the week in February (previously inhabited by ILW) will be available for creative and innovative events in 2017, we started by considering what needs to be done in preparation for this as well as potential new features of the festival throughout the year.

DSC_4698 Blueprinting at Snook’s offices.

Producing a blueprint is a really useful tool for a big project like this, particularly when you want to evolve and build on the best of what has already been done. Read more about how it works…

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The Story of An Outdoor Classroom

Alochonaa (Dialogue)

 Matluba Khan*

Edinburgh, May 17, 2014 (Alochonaa): While much attention was paid to the design and construction of school buildings, little notice has been paid to the design of immediate surroundings of the building i.e. the school ground. The outdoor environment, the last considered aspect of the school design often remains as the left over space after the construction of the building. Historically the potentials of the outdoor environment have been undermined using it as only the ground for physical training or physical education. This trend is universal around the world.

For example, in Australia, large open spaces dedicated to physical activities do not have a proportional number of users and intensity of use in relation to the distribution of children (Malone and Tranter, August 2003). The worst case scenario is the conversion of residences in the city of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh to nurseries and primary schools…

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Visiting New Orleans: Work, Food and Fun

Go Abroad Fund

I was awarded to present my paper titled ‘Outdoor as learning environment for children at a primary school of Bangladesh’ in the 45th Annual Conference of Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). The conference was held from 28-31 May at New Orleans, Louisiana in the USA. Conferences combining landscape architecture and children’s development is not very common and this conference was an ideal one in the field I have been working.

There was excitement about the opportunity to attend the conference yet I was tensed because of all the arrangements I have to make before I set out. Applying for visa was the first step and also the most hectic one as I had to travel to London to face the interview. Besides booking the flight I had to arrange the accommodation beforehand. I shared a room with three other conference delegates in the same hotel where the conference took…

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