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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 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

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