LLS share innovative pedagogies: reflections on “Creative approaches to teaching and learning”, DMU Learning and Teaching Conference 12/9/18

LLS share innovative pedagogies: reflections on “Creative approaches to teaching and learning”, DMU Learning and Teaching Conference 12/9/18


At the DMU Teaching and Learning Conference, 12/09/18 Librarians from Academic Liaison (Anna Richards, Kaye Towlson, Carol Keddie, Adele Creak) and Julia Reeve (CELT, Library) demonstrated an array of creative pedagogies currently utilised in Library teaching and the wider curriculum. Techniques included the card game “Sources” (Walsh 2013) which enables students to explore different formats and uses of information. The use of Lego as a visual metaphor to illustrate and aid understanding of the need to reference (know where your building blocks come from). These techniques are rooted within information and digital literacy teaching. The visual and tactile methods developed in our Writing PAD Centre at DMU (http://writingpad.our.dmu.ac.uk/ ): image –enriched mind maps, the dress up doll of themes and key terms, swollage (swot analysis by collage), reframing research, serious Lego play and visual mapping are utilised in assignment/dissertation research and planning workshops. The use and benefits of mind mapping software was also demonstrated.

Feedback from this session declared those attending to be “inspired” and “revved up for teaching”. They found the session to be “motivational” and noted intentions to “embed in my teaching”. People took away new, innovative and inclusive pedagogic techniques to enhance student learning and experience here at DMU.

Delivered in a speed dating format, this was a very popular but oversubscribed session leading to a crowded classroom. Thinking on our feet, an adjacent classroom was used to showcase half of the technique talks, slightly impeding the smooth flow of speed dating traffic. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with some mention of the teaching environment.

Our takeaways from this session are the popularity of and enthusiasm with which pedagogic innovation and creativity is received by DMU academics. The importance of hands on experience; this is the usual mode of delivery for Writing PAD techniques but not always possible for some sessions. Despite practical, unanticipated classroom issues on the day this session was well received and raised the profile of Library and Learning Services as a centre for innovative learning.



SWOT analysis collage
dress up doll of themes and keywords












WALSH, Andrew (2013) Sources [Online]. Available from http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/16230/ [Accessed 23/10/18]

How far can you travel with Kimberlin books?

How far can you travel with Kimberlin books?

A celebration of World Book night as part of the DMU Festival of Teaching and Learning 2018

On Wednesday 25th April, 2018 Library and Learning Services staff offered DMU and the local community the opportunity to explore and engage with different worlds through a display of books from other times, other places and other worlds.

Books ready to take readers to other worlds
Books ready to take readers to other worlds

Attendees soon found themselves engrossed in the wide range of books on offer demonstrating the power of books to transport individuals to other worlds, to gain insight into other lives lived, real and imagined.

A keen reader lost in another world
A keen reader lost in another world

Those attending were invited to:

  • Explore life around the globe with our diverse leisure reading collection
  • Investigate books that have been adapted to films and their corresponding DVDs
  • Delve into samples from our extensive Music books and CDs collection
  • Consider a wide range of Visual cultures through examples of our Fashion, Art and Design collection
A selection from Kimberlin's diverse leisure reading collection
A selection from Kimberlin’s diverse leisure reading collection


Be introduced to the varied, imaginative and diverse world of graphic novels – including a fully unfolded Great War by Joe Sacco depicting the first day of the battle of the Somme, where 10 000 soldiers were killed and 40 000 were injured on the first day alone.

Andrew Jennison, DMU with an unfurled copy of Joe Secco’s 24 feet long The great war

Andrew and other attendees were able to share their memories of relatives who fought in the First World War.

A display of historical children’s books from the DMU Archives enabled those attending to step back in time and enter the world of nineteenth century fairy tales. In comparison one child attending the event recommended Maisy Mouse books as her personal favourite.

DMU Archives' Books from other times
DMU Archives’ Books from other times

Those attending entered the “Furthest distance travelled with a book” competition with the chance to win a £25 Amazon voucher. Entries travelled to Ancient Greece, the Siege of Leningrad (1942), the First World War and fantasy worlds.

DMU staff member entering our competition

Copies of the World Book Night listed novel My name is Leon by Kit de Waal were on offer, people left with a free novel to enjoy

Sandra Henry, DMU with a World Book Night selected novel

Attending the event were a mixture of DMU staff, students and general public. Feedback received was overwhelmingly positive with people commenting on the opportunity to engage with books from a range of genre, picking up new stuff to read:

Love to read, so jumped at chance to see what books/genres on offer! Have picked up a few titles I’d like to read. I’d like to read/explore other books/genres I wouldn’t normally read

Wish I’d had longer to look at the displays which were excellent. Really good to engage with others about books and reading

Enjoyed looking at the different groups of books and have found something new to read.

All in all an enjoyable and engaging event.