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.
“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” …
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” …
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”