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” …
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” …
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 … “