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”
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”.