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    Mindful Heroes: A Resource Book for Engaging Pedagogy
    This practice paper explores how the new book Mindful Heroes: Stories of Journeys that Changed Lives can be used to develop more personally engaging pedagogies. The authentic expressions of mindfulness presented by authors of the chapters from 10 different countries in this book, are about how they creatively applied mindfulness together with other approaches to a variety of settings across Education, Health, Business, Sport, Creative Arts and Community Work. As this book covers six broad disciplinary categories it can be used by educators in these discipline to develop a more personally engaging pedagogy for their students, where they make new personal connections between themselves and the subjects they are studying. In each chapter there are invitations for you the educator to invite your students to Pause and engage personally with the ideas and stories of the chapter with specific exercises. At the end of each chapter there is a Further Resources section which provides you with links to various resources to explore the topic further.
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    Universal Design for Curriculum Design
    (UCD Access and Lifelong Learning, 2017-06-09) ; ;
    At the core of Universal Design is a focus on variety, choice and feedback for students. Universal Design encourages a movement away from the traditional didactic, text-based classroom practices, embracing of a more dynamic, active and evolving multi-media classroom. This book showcases some of the highly innovation teaching and learning practices in University College Dublin using the framework of Universal Design.
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    Sense and sensibility : collaborative & interdisciplinary problem design in PBL initiatives
    This paper was conceived in response to an identified need for new PBL practitioners to be able to access a range of sample problems that would help them develop PBL within their own disciplines, particularly when outside of the life sciences. Likewise, a need for new approaches to problem design was also identified. Taking cognisance that problems should be grounded in the ‘real world’, we need to reconceptualise problem design. It is proposed that conceptualising problems as triggers that stimulate knowledge development by harnessing sensory experiences is a way forward. This paper will be of particular interest to new PBL practitioners, teachers in the various disciplines considering PBL and educational developers teaching PBL.
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    Developing Universal Design In Teaching and Learning: Using a freely available eBook
    This paper discusses how you can use a freely available eBook to develop universal design in your teaching.
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    Mindful Heroes Stories: An Introduction
    (Inspired by Learning., 2019-06-24) ;
    Everyone loves stories. This book tells the stories of a constellation of mindful heroes. This book is about mindful heroes: ordinary people, like you and me, who followed the path of mindfulness and went on a hero’s journey. These mindful heroes developed their own personal mindfulness practice together with studying mindfulness. They benefited from their growth in mindful awareness, compassion for self and others and insight. Then they wanted to share this and provide others with the opportunity to develop their potential in their own ways. On their journeys they changed their own and sometimes others’ lives. They share their stories of their personal and professional journeys with you.
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    Universal Design for Curriculum Design Case Studies from University College Dublin
    What do students say they want from university teaching and learning? We must always ensure that the student voice is central in the development of educational practices. The feedback above came from students linked with UCD Access & Lifelong Learning who were asked simple open questions about their experiences in an anonymous online survey. We asked only: what helped and what was difficult? These students overwhelmingly asked for more clarity, more flexibility and more feedback. Universal Design offers an approach which ensures the clarity, flexibility and feedback sought by students.
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    Combining Poetry and Mindfulness : Stories of Creating New Spaces in Higher Education
    (Inspired by Learning, 2019-06-24) ; ;
    For a long time, poetry and meditation have been close to my heart. Separately and together they have helped me savor the beauty of nature, the warmth of friends and family and my inner strength and courage. They give space and self-compassion for feelings of anger and sorrow that have lead sometimes to a sense of common humanity and compassion for others. Poetry and mindfulness give me a deeper, more heartfelt perspective of what is happening on my hero’s journey.