Join the May SoTL Walk

SoTL Walk connects RMIT staff with colleagues around the world, providing a time and space for us to unite and immerse ourselves in short conversations about teaching and learning. Its about getting active, thinking deeply and exploring new ideas.

New to SoTL Walks?

The aim of the SoTL Walk is to get people away from their desks, out exercising and engaging in conversations about teaching and learning with friends from around the world.

If you are interested in hearing more about the SoTL walk project (led by Natasha Taylor), check out this great podcast episode hosted by Dr Nathalie Sheridan (University of Glasgow).

Join now: Walk | Think | Share

The May Walk is scheduled between 3-9th May. You can choose when and where you walk – all you need to do is set aside an hour in your schedule (we try to encourage people to take part during the working day, because that is kind of the point – get away from your desk and think!). Some people prefer to walk in small groups – that is fine too!

WALK:  Get outside and go for a 30 minute walk. Take something with you to record your experience – either a phone/camera or a notepad and pencil (for noting and sketching).

THINK:  Whilst you are walking, think about the following provocation:  On Kindness

Last month, Stuart Delves and Graham Holden ran a brilliant session ‘On Kindness’ as part of Invisible Grail‘s Festival of Ideas. It got me thinking about the importance of kindness in learning and teaching, so for this month’s walk I have adapted some of the questions explored…

What role does kindness play in your teaching and professional identity? What does it mean to teach with kindness; to learn with kindness? How can we harness the power of kindness in our work relationships? How can you make your teaching space (physical or online) a kinder, more positive and productive place?

We’d love to build a collection of examples of kindness in practice – in language, actions, leadership, random/selfless acts, generosity with time/attention, remembering we all have our own story, saying thank you, really ‘seeing’ people, bringing fun/joy. It could be something you do yourself, or you could recognise someone else for their kindness!  Big, small, downright wacky…as ever, you are free to take the ideas in whatever direction you like!

SHARE: When you return from your walk, share your reflections online with others. Respond to their ideas too! Include an image (a photo, video or sketch) and some words which explain your thoughts. There are two options for sharing:

  1. Twitter – use the hashtag #sotlwalk
  2. Padlet – Go To Padlet  (or click below to post straight to the May 21 wall)

Made with Padlet

 

At the end of the walk week, I will collate the resources and share them more widely. Let’s Be the Ripple 🙂 Thanks to Graham and Stuart for being such an inspiration 🙂

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