#LTHEChat196 ‘Love is in the air-cademy’ with hosts Rachelle O’Brien @rachelleeobrien, Steve Rowett @srowett and Sarah Wright @Sarah__wright1

“You do care a little for me, I know… but nothing to speak of, and you don’t love me.”
E. M. Forster

These words, from E.M. Forster’s classic novel Maurice were only published after Forster’s death, in accordance with his wishes. They demonstrate the complexity of human love and, for some, its taboo nature. But maybe they also echo the relationships we sometimes have with our own institutions.

For this week’s #LTHEchat however, love abounds.

Through six simple questions we are going to create institutions that we truly love being a part of.

In this weeks chat we hope to see your imaginative ideas as you combine text with media. We’ll be inviting you to be creative in answering these questions. Share pictures, gifs, songs, dances – whatever comes to mind to represent your answers. We’d love to see you there.

Missed this chat or want to relive the excitement? Catch up by viewing the Wakelet.

Rachelle O’Brien is a Senior Digital Learning Designer at Durham Centre for Academic Development at Durham University. Rachelle has worked in education for 10 years and has particular interests in digital education, play and games. Recently, this interest has led her to develop and deliver multiple Escape Rooms for use in education across the sector. She has also written a paper relating to the use of Escape Rooms for Teaching Technology which can be accessed here https://openjournals.ljmu.ac.uk/index.php/JSML/article/view/395. She is a recent graduate of the MSc in Digital Education from University of Edinburgh, is a Certified member of the Association for Learning Technologists and is a Fellow of the HEA.

Steve Rowett is the manager of the Digital Education Futures team at UCL. This role involves horizon scanning and evaluation of new technologies for supporting education at UCL, in partnership with students and staff. He has also been heavily involved in the institution’s COVID-19 response, particularly in supporting teaching staff who are newly teaching from home.

Sarah Wright is a Faculty Senior SOLSTICE Fellowship Lead. Her role has seen her develop projects on the use of social media and online teaching, as well as lecture engagement and seminar design.  Sarah is an Apple Distinguished Educator, has written for the Times Educational Supplement,  contributing on a range of educational issues and sat on the Board of Management for NAACE, the national association for educational technology. Last year, she co-chaired the National Conference for Social Media in Higher Education and is now proud to sit on the editorial board for the journal.  Sarah is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching where she also enjoys reviewing for ‘Impact’ journal.  Sarah was shortlisted for the Guardian Excellence in Teaching award in 2019 and the Educate North award in the same category.  She was proud to win the Student Led Staff Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching.

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