Dr Chrissi Nerantzi (@chrissinerantzi) is a Principal Lecturer in Academic CPD in the University Teaching Academy (UTA) at Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom, with lead responsibilities in Teaching Excellence, Communities and Networks. Her practice and research in open creativity and collaborative learning and teaching have led to multiple innovations in staff development and digital education more widely. Ideas are nothing if they remain ideas! Her love and commitment of helping others to grow, but also her inquisitive nature and her passion for story, play and making are features of her work as an educator and researcher. She collaborates with Prof. Alison James, Prof. Norman Jackson and many colleagues in the area of creativity and playfulness (Emma, Anna, Neil, Sandra, Alex, Hannah, Haleh, Gerasimos, Kai, Nathalie to name a few). With Alison she has co-edited among others The Power of Play In Higher Education book (https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783319957791) and Norman kindly invited her to co-convene the Creative Academic network (https://www.creativeacademic.uk/). The Creativity manifesto, a collaborative output crafted by Prof. Paul Kleiman may be of interest to you. Check it out at https://www.creativeacademic.uk/manifesto.html
Examples of successful initiatives Chrissi brought to life include the Creativity for Learning in Higher Education (#creativeHE) community which is spreading the creative bug across the sector and is inspiring colleagues and students to be more adventurous and use their curiosity and imagination to learn, teach, work and live. Chrissi is the the generator of the idea of the highly popular weekly #LTHEchat, a fast and furious weekly staff development opportunity for all. She has also founded and co-founded a series of further cross-institutional open courses such as FDOL https://fdol.wordpress.com/, BYOD4L https://byod4learning.wordpress.com/ and FOS https://foslearning.wordpress.com/and has collaborated on these with many colleagues and students nationally and internationally. Ideas grow when they are shared.
Chrissi is a National Teaching Fellow (2015), the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year 2017, received the GO-GN Open Research Practice Award 2018 and was awarded recently a GO-GN Fellowship in 2020. She currently works on the creation of a collaborative open picture book as part of this Fellowship, visit http://go-gn.net/research/fellowship-open-picture-book/. The picture book “The invisible king” she created during the national lockdown with staff and students at Manchester Met can be accessed at https://zenodo.org/record/3924437#.X5bKgIj7SUl Enjoy!
Life is an adventure! Dare to do something today you have never done before!
To find out more about Chrissi, visit her website is at https://chrissinerantzi.wordpress.com/