Helping Students become Professional Practitioners

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In conversation with:

Mark Barden, Course Leader BA (Hons) Sports Journalism.
Teaching and learning themes: communities of practice; easing the move from ‘student’ to ‘professional practitioner’; how Sports Journalism students develop and showcase their practice.
Course name / level: BA (Hons) Sports Journalism.
College: London College of Communication (LCC).
Student Numbers: approximately 20 per year; around 60 in total.
Digital Spaces used and discussed: myblog.arts (UAL’s teaching and learning blogging platform);  ‘Elephant Sport’ Website.

Key Quotes:  “our students’) aspiration is to become media professionals within the sports environment” … “Love of and a real passion for sport is the common currency everyone who comes on to the course should “( have” … “…it’s a very vocational course. It is actually pretty competitive out there … and the ones that ‘buy in’ to the course really get that” … “I come to it from a very practice based background. I’m here to impart my experience and knowledge of how to do the job – with the team and guest speakers” … “It’s their (students’) site; they’re responsible for filling it with good quality sports journalism – whether that’s written, video, podcasts – and we want them to be proud of it … ” … “One of the messages we try to impart – it’s all about standing out – making yourself stand out!” … “(with ‘Elephant Sport’) as in the professional media environment you will have people checking through your work, sub-editing it, helping you to make it better and helping you to become a better sports journalist through that process” … “two of my students this year went off together up to Birmingham to interview the British Middleweight Champion who’s just about to fight for a World Title … they came back with a very good video package … and it will look fantastic in their portfolio!” … “… it’s about the work (students) do – so that when they come out of the course at the end of the final year … they’ve got work they can show off and be proud of!”

John Jackson

Teaching Fashion Illustration and Drawing – Online


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In conversation with:

Ana Stankovic-Fitzgerald, Course Tutor, Fashion Illustration and Fashion Drawing.
Teaching and learning themes: teaching online; internationalisation; communities of practice.
Course name(s); level:  a wide variety of short online and face to face fashion drawing and fashion illustration courses – LCF Short Courses / LCF Online Short Courses;  BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration; and more …
College: London College of Fashion (LCF).
Student Numbers: 20 (each ‘online short course’); 130 (BA Hons Fashion Illustration)
Digital Spaces used and discussed: Workflow (eStudio and ePortfolio); Blackboard Collaborate (Online Classroom).

Key Quotes:

“I’m currently working on integrating my face to face with my online courses” … “I use ‘Workflow’ for all face to face classes as well – not just online courses” … “looking at developing that further possibly with the use of some social media” … “I’m looking at setting up some kind of Instagram where the students can be connected – face to face and online, I think that would be very inspirational especially for complete beginners” … “this year I have students from El Salvador, Japan, Nigeria, Russia, France, Italy” … “I would like to be able to connect my old students with my new students” … “what I have started to do is I am trying to deliver both (face-to-face and online courses) in exactly the same way and so far I think it’s working” … “there’s quite a few face to face students who decided to continue with online courses and now I’m having online courses who are coming to my face-to-face courses” … “you seem to be in constant communication with online courses and maybe you are building a stronger relationship” … 

John Jackson

Developing Research as an Academic Practice

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In conversation with:

James Swinson, Course Leader for Research Pathway in the MA Academic Practice in Art Design and Communication & CSM Research Students Tutor PhD Supervision.
Teaching and learning themes: research; developing a research profile; developing a research portfolio; communities of practice.
Course name; level:  MA Academic Practice;  Research as an Academic Practice Unit (now – Introduction to Practice as Research – Elective Unit).
College:  Central Saint Martins (CSM) & Teaching & Learning Exchange.
Student Numbers:  24 (on Elective Unit).
Digital Space(s) used and discussed:  Workflow (ePortfolio / eStudio Platform).

Key quotes:  “they were really proactive people and really engaged in the face to face sessions and this was also reflected in the portfolios” … “the enthusiasm or how coherent the portfolios have been reflect how the cohorts work socially” … “effectively they are producing a sort of website” … “by using it (Workflow) for their own purposes they (academics) see how they can apply it to the way they work with students” … “many want to retain a copy (of the ePortfolio) and use it – and they get very excited about that” … “you realise what a powerful research tool it is”.

John Jackson

Teaching online and inspiring others to explore TEL

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In conversation with:

Jennifer Williams-Baffoe, Online Fashion Tutor and CSM’s Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Coordinator
Teaching and learning themes: pure online courses; the differences between face-to-face and online teaching; preparing for online teaching; online methodologies and technologies; TEL within an Art and Design University.
Course name, level – Online Short Courses: ‘Fashion Marketing’; ‘Fashion Manufacturing’; ‘Starting your own Fashion Label’; ‘How to start your own pop-up shop’ plus ‘Fashion Business Practice’ (Summer Course).
College – Central Saint Martins (CSM)
Student numbers – each 8 week online short course has 12-20 students
Digital Space(s) used and discussed: Workflow’ ePortfolio (Mahara based); BB Collaborate; Moodle; Process Arts

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Key quotes:  it’s very different working and teaching online – you have to have a different way of thinking” … “in terms of the material, you need to be able to break it down; you need to have differentiation in the lesson” … “it’s bite sized teaching and can reach a wider audience” … as technology enhanced learning coordinator, I have to look at the pedagogical side of learning and teaching in a digital way – and how we marry that with what’s going on at Central Saint Martins” … “I’m not what you would call a techie person – I’m one of these people that like to experiment – I’m as comfortable in front of a computer as I am in a classroom working on a mannequin and can happily switch from one to the other” …

John Jackson

Teaching Postgraduate Design for Visual Communication

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In conversation with:

Tony Pritchard, Course Leader, Postgraduate Design for Visual Communication
Teaching and learning themes:  collaboration; internationalisation; graphicology; enterprise
Course name, level – 2015 Postgraduate Certificate in Design for Visual Communication2015 Postgraduate Diploma in Design for Visual Communication; 2016 Postgraduate Certificate in Design for Visual Communication; 2016 Postgraduate Diploma in Design for Visual Communication.
College – London College of Communication (LCC)
Student numbers – 75 per year
Digital Space(s) used and discussed: Moodle; myblog.arts; Twitter; Facebook; Pinterest; Instagram; Issuu; Vimeo; YouTube

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Key quotes:  “I’m a firm believer that you are not constrained by the walls of the traditional studio … “;  ” … one should engage carefully with social media … these means of communicating what we do to the outside world that allows us to connect to people … from different subject backgrounds”;  “our cohort has grown from a largely female participation between seventy percent up to ninety five percent in a couple of years”;  “most people speak between two to four languages on the course”

John Jackson

Delivering a low residency post graduate course to international students

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In conversation with:

Tim Morgan, Learning Technologist
Teaching and learning themes: low residency; synchronous and asynchronous online learning; international collaboration
Course name, level – MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise – Level 7
College – Central Saint Martins
Student numbers – 50 (35 in Hong Kong; 15 in London)
Digital Space(s) used and discussed: Moodle +

Additional links:
Prezi overview
Tim Morgan presents at MUGGL (Moodle User Group Greater London)

Key quotes:  We’re very keen on the human contact and in creating a sense of community”;  “This Masters Course is much more about business, theory; the art world – you are not tied to a particular building or space”; “This course is the interface between us and the students – it has to be a great experience; there’s been a lot of effort put in to meet that!”; “This is an expanding area for the university”.  

John Jackson

Developing research skills and reflective practice on Foundation

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In conversation with:

Georgia Steele, Programme Leader; Tim Meara Curriculum Co-ordinator
Teaching and learning themes: research skills, reflective practice.
Course name, level – Foundation
College – Central Saint Martins
Student numbers – 600
Digital Space(s) used and discussed: Workflow

Key quotes: “we quickly recognised the potential (of Workflow) as a space for critical practice and writing …” “ now pretty strong evidence to support more international students getting higher grades now because of the ways in which they are now working …”

John Jackson

Developing Research Skills

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In conversation with:

Matthew Hawkins, Senior Lecturer
Teaching and learning theme – Developing research skills.
Course name, level – BA (Hons) Photography
College – LCC
Student numbers – 278
Digital space(s) used and discussed – Workflow

Key quotes: “The practice of uploading research and experimentation into Workflow by individual students enabling them to share it in tutorial groups with their peer group has been exciting in a way of promoting peer learning, debate and discussion about individuals’ ideas … “

John Jackson

Sharing and showcasing work

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In conversation with:

Sarah Day, Acting Course Leader
Teaching and learning themes: sharing and showcasing work, including securely with industry partners.
Course – BA (Hons) Footwear
College – London College of Fashion (LCF) Cordwainers
Student numbers – 155
Digital space(s) used and discussed – Workflow

Key quotes: “When you’re working with an industry partner it’s very difficult for them to come to the college on a regular basis and provide feedback to students – to have a live link that they can login to , see the work and keep up to speed with what the students are doing is endlessly useful”

John Jackson