#LTHEchat 222: The Gratitude Christmas Special. Led by: @hintondm @FieryRed1 and @SFaulknerPandO

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Firstly Danielle, Sandra and Suzanne would like to say what a pleasure it has been to serve the brilliant #LTHEChat community as the organizing team for this term under the ever helpful watchful eye of the brilliant Sue Beckingham, @suebecks. This was very much a whole team effort, thank you! 

The #LTHEchat would not exist without the fantastic input from all of those who agree to host a session and of course the brilliant community who return week after week to share their knowledge and experiences openly and honestly. This community welcomes everyone with open arms and for that we are most grateful. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed taking part as much as we have. 

The focus of the #LTHEChat this week is gratitude. There is no doubt that the last 18-20 months have been filled with challenges, and for many of us, sad losses. We have all had our struggles to face in the last 18-20 months. 

In this chat we would like to end the year on a high, whilst acknowledging  the most difficult time we have all had. This week we will focus on what and who has helped you through this difficult time. Let’s end 2021 with gratitude. 

We want to contribute to a ‘tool box’ cookbook of ideas to help support us going forward into 2022.


Danielle M. Hinton @hintondm e-mail: d.m.hinton@bham.ac.uk

Danielle Hinton (SFHEA) is an Educational Developer at the Higher Education Futures institute (HEFi), University of Birmingham. Danielle has worked in a variety of roles in Higher Education over the last 20 years including instructional design, e-learning and librarianship. In particular Danielle teaches on Birmingham’s PGCHE, supports HEA Fellowship scheme, enhancement projects and CPD. She is particularly interested in active learning, the emotions of learning and teaching, enhancement of learning through technologies, distance learning and serious play in Higher Education. 


Image of host Danielle Hinton.

Sandra Huskinson @FieryRed1   e-mail: sandrahuskinson@yahoo.co.uk 

Bio: Building on a background in art and interface design Sandra is an experienced educational consultant. Working for a variety of institutions over a number of years she has designed and developed a range courses, CPD developments for online and classroom based programs. 


Image of host Sandra Huskinson.

Suzanne Faulkner @SFaulknnerPandO     e-mail: suzanne.faulkner@strath.ac.uk

Bio: Suzanne Faulkner is a teaching fellow in Prosthetics and Orthotics, within the department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, she is also a facilitator trained in the LEGO® Serious Play® (LSP) methodology. Suzanne is passionate about enhancing the student experience by focusing on improving student engagement, utilising social media in learning and teaching and incorporating playful learning. She has been nominated and shortlisted for several teaching excellence awards and is currently undertaking an EdD at the University of Strathclyde with a view to exploring the use of LSP to enhance participation of non-native speakers of English in group work activities. 


Image of host Suzanne Faulkner.

Q1. What app or tool have you discovered in the last 18-20 months that have enhanced your working life either with colleagues or students?

Q2. What article/book/podcast has made the most profound impact on your teaching and supporting learning practice over the last 18-20 months and why?

Q3. Thank a hero (colleague, student, icon etc) that has made a big impact on your teaching and supporting learning practice over the last 18-20 months 

Q4. What online fun interactive activity have you added to your work/life repertoire in the last 20 months?

Q5. The last few months have been a challenge to our networking abilities. What methods have you utilised to remain connected with people and connect with new people?

Q6. What non-work related must read book/film would you recommend over the Christmas break?

Q7. Bonus: Be a Star and grab a handful of LEGO bricks (or online), build a star decoration, share photo & tag #BuildToGive #LTHEchat @LEGO_Group will donate a set to children in need

https://wke.lt/w/s/Dr1oIV via Wakelet 

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