Tag Archives: Workflow

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

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