Saving Design Thinking from itself

Sevra Davis writing for the RSA on a danger facing ‘design thinking’  And yet, as more and more businesses, governments and institutions describe themselves as ‘design-led’ ‘design thinking’ is in danger of being devalued. Too much of what is practiced under the name of design thinking seems to comprise little more than running structured workshops. […]

Using kaizen to improve higher education courses

(Note: entries like this are my ‘thinking out loud’ as I explore my PhD research topic of innovation in teaching and learning, so are aimed at a very specific audience – me! Feel free to share, quote, comment, argue, contradict etc) This is a summary of a paper by ML ‘Bob’ Emiliani, Using kaizen to […]

Quality Assurance v Quality Enhancement – what’s the difference?

What’s the difference between Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement? They sound the same but both are very different philosophies. For a number of years – at least as long as I’ve been teaching – QA was a key aspect of further and higher education in the UK with entire departments dedicated to it. The Quality […]

Worktown: The Astonishing Story of the Project that launched Mass Observation, by David Hall

An interesting review of Worktown in The Guardian, the beginning of the Mass Observation project in inter-war Britain. You do not learn about birds by interviewing them, he insisted: you watch them, as closely as you can and without trying to guess in advance what the results might be. As for birds, so for the […]