If you have listened to any (or all) of these interviews / discussions we would love to hear about what you think.
The main reason for this project is to enable academics to discuss the thinking behind their course design and how this develops and becomes interwoven into digital spaces. To explore and reflect on this journey and how it then informs future iterations.
We are really interested in how listening to others’ stories has informed your own teaching and learning – and are keen on your views on how this project could be further developed.
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”.
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
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” …
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 +
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”.
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 …”