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Greenhousing for IL: letting good ideas grow. Julie Moody (teachmeet abstract)

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Greenhousing for IL: letting good ideas grow. Julie Moody (teachmeet abstract)

  1. 1. Greenhousing for IL: letting good ideas grow Julie Moody, Plymouth University, julie.moody@plymouth.ac.uk In our increasingly busy professional lives, it is often the case that we do not find the time to develop any bright ideas we have. The creative process can be stifled before ideas have time to grow. Using ideas from the book Sticky wisdom: how to start a creative revolution at work, (Kingdon, 2002) the team of Information Specialists at Plymouth University take time out of their busy schedules once a year to attend team greenhousing sessions. By focussing on a theme, the aim is to share and develop creative ideas as a team to ensure that they are followed through and implemented. The Information Specialists at Plymouth are all required to teach information literacy skills but ensuring that everyone focusses on learning rather than just disseminating information has been a challenge. Our IL Greenhousing event aimed to raise awareness of effective and non-effective practice by showing four different ways of teaching the same topic. The team members were put in the position of learners and had to evaluate what they had learnt (or not) and how motivated and engaged they felt in each activity. As a result, we now have a bank of activities (captured on a “private” Libguide) that the team can draw upon to enliven their sessions and adapt for their particular groups. Delegates will learn about the ideas behind “greenhousing” and see how it can foster creativity and collaboration to allow ideas to be realised. References: Kingdon, M. (ed.) (2002) Sticky wisdom: how to start a creative revolution at work. Oxford: Capstone Publishing Limited

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