PowerPoint and learning spaces

26 07 2011

PowerPoint and Learning Spaces:

“Ubiquitous devices operate as machines for tuning the environment. Drawings, specifications, computer models, spreadsheets, lists of milestones, PowerPoint presentations, and emails likewise are tuning devices, as are the documents that purport to bring them all together.”

Coyne, R. 2010. Tuning of Place: Sociable Spaces and Pervasive Digital Media. Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press. p 8.

Comments from History of Art students on PowerPoint:

“‘I get the feeling that technology is being used for the sake of it… they’ve bought all this technology and they have to use it… I don’t like the feeling of technology being forced upon us’

[without pre-prepared PowerPoints] ‘discussions kind of evolve’ and become more freeflowing: ‘you’re never quite sure where it’s going to go and where you’re going to end up… it does feel a lot freer’

PowerPoint can deliver too much information too fast: ‘I felt like I was being shot with information. It was coming at you so hard and fast.’”

Melhuish, C. (2010) Ethnographic case study: perceptions of three new learning spaces and their impact on the learning and teaching process at the Universities of Sussex and Brighton. Commissioned by CETLC, Universities of Sussex and Brighton, and CETLD, School of Arts and Architecture, University of Brighton. p.46. Available from: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/18488/LS-Case-Study-3.pdf

Thoughts about learning spaces

26 07 2011

Since studying Archaeology at University, and considering the relationship between socio-cultural change and the layout of living spaces/design of architecture over time, I have been interested in the human experience of space and environment. This is also relevant in the dialogue between analogue and digital technologies, an aspect I hope is apparent in my CHArt paper (forthcoming).

Some resources:

The “alchemy of analogue” – University of Brighton

26 07 2011

Bridging the Gap in Moving Image (2009) was one of the projects of the University of Brighton’s Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design (CETLD).

The project page has some wonderful quotes including:

“The alchemy of analogue working methods is more interesting than digital methods.”

The final report (September 2009) is available to download (PDF).

Creative writing and Prezi – ‘Create, curate, collaborate!’

26 07 2011

Curtis, Jac, and I have been awarded a University for the Creative Arts Learning and Teaching Research Fund for 2011/12. We are going to be collaborating on this project involving ‘Prezi.com’ presentation software and expanding on this to inspire creative writing practice in FE and HE students.

The project will begin in September, but in the meantime further details are available via our project wiki: http://createcuratecollaborate.wikispaces.com/About

Using archives to inspire fiction

18 07 2011

The ARCHIVES-NRA@JISCMail.ac.uk list has mentioned the following event, during which Sara will talk about her use of archives to inspire her writing:

Meet the Authors: Julia Williams and Sara Sheridan

This may seem off-topic for this blog, but it relates to a recent bid for funding. Last week a proposal was submitted to the University for the Creative Arts Learning and Teaching Research Fund for 2011/12. This involves two collaborators: Curtis Tappenden, Lecturer, National Diploma in Art & Design; Creative Writing Group, University for the Creative Arts, and Jac Cattaneo, Research and Cultural Studies co-ordinator, Northbrook College Sussex (partner University of Brighton). We hope we’ll be engaging with presentation software but expanding on this to inspire creative writing practice in FE and HE students.