Paola Corti, Chrissi Nerantzi

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Page Range

pp. 291–302


  • English

Print Length

12 pages

11. Calm in the storm

In this chapter, the authors use a photograph and an audio podcast with a transcript to guide a multimodal reflection on the role of universities in the complex and diverse context offered by society at large. Through a body and mind experience, individuals are invited to close their eyes and immerse themselves in a relaxing activity that transports them into a mountainous landscape and ecosystem. The authors describe the landscape pictured in the photograph and guide listeners/readers through a high bird-eye view down to the details of the - sometimes lively, sometimes apparently quiet - ground-level life and features. The metaphor is meant to help ignite conversations around the meaning of “good” in the context of universities looking at them as part of a larger social ecosystem.


Paola Corti

Project Manager and Instructional Designer at Politecnico di Milano
Open Education Community Manager at European Network of Open Education Librarians (ENOEL)

Paola Corti is a project manager and instructional designer at Politecnico di Milano (Italy). She works on international projects, MOOC design and development, and professional development courses for faculty and researchers on open education and innovative pedagogical approaches. She is the open education community manager of the European Network of Open Education Librarians (ENOEL), supporting librarians in taking action to implement the UNESCO OER Recommendation. She is a facilitator for Creative Commons certificate courses.

Chrissi Nerantzi

Associate Professor in Education, School of Education at University of Leeds

Chrissi Nerantzi is an associate professor in education in the School of Education at the University of Leeds (UK). Her research interests include creativity, open education, cross-boundary collaborative learning, networks, and communities. She has initiated a range of open professional development initiatives that have been sustained over the years, bringing educators, students, and the wider public together.