CCC at University of Brighton Pedagogy conference

4 02 2012

Yesterday Jac Cattaneo of Northbrook College presented the project’s Create Curate Collaborate! interactive Prezi poster at the University of Brighton’s Annual Pedagogic Conference.

Prezi tips from thewikiman [sic]

8 11 2011

I am working on improving the Kaptur Prezi (still very much a work in progress but this process itself has been an aid to conceptualising the project). I was having problems with creating links in Prezi, and after a Google search was taken to a ‘how-to’ Prezi by thewikiman.

So, some Prezi tips from thewikiman that I found helpful:

  • ‘Your URL changes when your title changes so make sure you have a title you’re happy with before you make the link public!’
  • Link to JISC TechDis Web2Access report on Prezi Accessibility
  • Using hidden frames to create a more interactive Prezi – I have used hidden frames but not really thought of Prezi in this way -see thewikiman’s interactive library map Prezi
  • Really useful link about using Prezi in learning and teaching in the US – blog post by Hal Kirkwood, SLA blog, 16 May 2011
    Quote from the blog post:

    ‘It allows for a much deeper opportunity to create more conceptually interesting presentations. Students pay attention more…they are more focused on the material…they want to try it. Information literacy becomes more engaging using Prezi.’

The problem with my Prezi links…
I had already tried the usual exit and back to edit etc, but I think the problem was due to the long list of links – the top one in the list was fine but the rest weren’t hyperlinked. I solved it by entering a new text item for each separate link, although Prezi didn’t like the Twitter link at all, maybe because of the characters ‘#!’.

The Art of Presentation: teaching with images

26 05 2011

The Art of Presentation: teaching with images was held at HEFCE, Centre Point, London on Tuesday 10th May. This workshop, aimed primarily at teaching staff, investigated digital presentation tools within arts education. Attendees were drawn from the Kensington and Chelsea College of Further Education, Middlesex University, Northbrook College Sussex, Southampton Solent University, University for the Creative Arts (four Colleges were represented), University of Brighton, University of the Arts London, and the University of Warwick.

In addition to two hands-on workshops (one involving laptops and the other involving knitting yarn and Blu-TackĀ®) presentations were given using Prezi, PowerPoint, using a handling collection, and by flip chart.

The plenary session was chaired by Hilaire Graham, Dean of Learning and
Teaching, University for the Creative Arts; key points raised were:

  • As well as teaching/presenting with surrogate images it is important to look at the real thing through student field trips to museums and galleries and so on. The tactile elements of handling images can also be useful.
  • It is important that as teachers/presenters we own the content we are presenting/teaching about.
  • Images have an important role to play in encouraging students to engage with their subject, to encourage a dialogue or discussion, and to foster visual literacy and the skills of doing, practising, and making.
  • We need to apply our criticality in choosing the appropriate presentation tool for the situation.
  • The importance of not relying on technology i.e. having multiple back-ups, on a memory stick, a disc, even acetate depending on the venue! Otherwise using a flip chart and ultimately relying on yourself.
  • Some of the items that participants were going to follow-up on were:
    • Exploring Prezi
    • Exploring dipity to use for giving advice during student inductions
    • Checking out TED
    • Checking out VUE and the Khan Academy
    • Looking at the art historical technique of ‘compare and contrast’
    • Finding out how to build a wiki
  • As a group we discussed some of the benefits and drawbacks of different presentation tools, Hilaire suggested writing a brief, like a wishlist for our ideal presentation tool for teaching with images. Marie-Therese welcomed feedback on this.

This event was made possible through a University for the Creative Arts Learning and Teaching Research Fund grant; more details of the research is available here:
Download programme for ‘The Art of Presentation’ workshop.

Last few places for free workshop: The Art of Presentation

28 04 2011

Event Title: The Art of Presentation: teaching with images
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 16:15
Venue: HEFCE, 12th Floor, Centre Point, 103 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1DD
Event Outline:
Primarily aimed at teaching staff, ‘The Art of Presentation’ is a workshop investigating digital presentation tools within arts education. Download programme for ‘The Art of Presentation’ workshop.

The event includes the following presentations and workshops:

  • on interactive pedagogy by Jules Findley, Course Leader Fashion Promotion and Imaging, University for the Creative Arts
  • on experiential learning by Hilaire Graham, Dean of Learning and Teaching, and Tony Reeves, Learning Technologist, University for the Creative Arts
  • on teaching with images by Pauline Ridley, LearnHigher Visual Practices Coordinator, Centre for Learning & Teaching, University of Brighton
  • on new presentation tools by Marie-Therese Gramstadt, Visual Arts Data Service

This event is made possible through a University for the Creative Arts Learning and Teaching Research Fund grant; more details of the research is available here:

This event is free to attend; refreshments and lunch are also provided. Booking is essential due to the small number of places available and the security arrangements at the venue. Places can be reserved by emailing your full name with details of any dietary or special requirements, by Thursday 5th May, to

Learning Outcomes:
Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their current use of presentation technology both in the area of experiential learning and through an investigation into new presentation tools. Participants will share, and hear, examples of best practice regarding innovative use of presentation technology. They will also receive a resource-book on the presentation tools discussed during the event.

Paper published in Ariadne Issue 65

3 12 2010

As part of the extension to my research grant, supported by the University for the Creative Arts, I have been able to publish a paper in Ariadne.

Ariadne is a Web magazine for information professionals in archives, libraries and museums in all sectors.


Title: Locating Image Presentation Technology within Pedagogic Practice
Available from:

Experience of giving a slide lecture

1 12 2010

Following on from recent additional research, as well as some of the themes covered in my paper at the CHArt annual conference (11th November 2010), I wanted to actually experience creating and giving a slide lecture, and so I did this on 23rd November.

Notes and observations on giving a slide lecture

  • It is starting to be something a bit different, i.e. although I used slides on a couple of occasions as a student, there is a whole terminology and set-up to learn e.g. where are the slides kept? what are the terms of access?
  • The slide collection has to be physically visited; it made me realise how used I am to accessing virtual collections online any time I wanted.
  • As I discussed in my CHArt paper, each slide collection has its own idiosyncratic method of organisation, normally based on the academics who made requests to build up the collection in the first place.
  • The physical engagement with slide cabinets, pockets of slides, and other associated paraphernalia, is missing from the digital dialogue. I didn’t realise I missed this until I was choosing the slides and actually quite enjoying the immersive process, as opposed to frantically searching online in a much more distracting online environment than the physical Library.
  • After my slide lecture I had a few comments about the ‘nice images’, and although I couldn’t comment on the learning experience, certainly there is something to be said for the visual experience, and even the performative aspects of the slide projector.
  • Unfortunately the process did require a lot of effort on my part i.e. emails to locate the slides, time to choose them (i.e. because they were monographically organised and I wanted ‘themes’), and emails and phone calls to arrange the projection equipment in the room. I am not planning to use them again.

Analogue alternatives to PowerPoint

24 09 2010

Professor Val Williams, Director of the University of the Arts London Photography and the Archive Research Centre based at the London College of Communication, has kindly allowed me to publish her responses to my questions:

Q.1. Going back to the Fashion Photography conference held in June 2005, the presentation that you gave with Alistair O’Neill really sticks in my mind because of the confident use of analogue material and the visual and creative quality this gave to the talk. Please tell me about this.

The presentation Alistair and I did at the conference was inspired by the discovery of a large collection of slides in the London College of Fashion library,these slides were accompanied by a script, which was read for us by Maggie Norden. The presentation was a homage to the slides and to the old style of audio visual presentation, which has produced many amazing productions in the past, particularly at photography festivals and fairs. Also, it is very much associated with Art History teaching (see Julia Roberts in the film ‘Mona Lisa Smile”). it would be very difficult to see this same drama produced by a PowerPoint presentation.

Q.2.a. What technologies or methods do you use to give presentations e.g. unaccompanied, slides, PowerPoint, other?

For presentations I use Powerpoint, but increasingly, for smaller groups, I have begun to use objects: books, catalogues and magazines. I find this much more satisfactory and flexible. I have become increasing less satisfied with PowerPoint, both for my own presentations, and also ones by other people that I have seen. I particularly dislike the use of text in PowerPoint, but I find it impossible to resist the temptation of using it. I now think that slides are more satisfactory and lead to a much more organic way of presenting, but there is often no longer the technology to support this and of course one is always nervous of being thought of as a technophobe, which I’m not.

Q.2.b. Please tell me how you use the technologies or methods in your teaching e.g. for specific purposes?

In a recent symposium we held at PARC*, we asked participants not to use PowerPoint at all, and this resulted in a variety of presentations, particularly by our PhD students, who held up prints and talked about them. This event was very successful, partly, I think because of the variety of the presentations.

*[The UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) Summer Symposium is only open to PARC members, so it is not advertised; it took place on Thursday 17th June 2010.]


Prawfs Blawg on buying an iPad

22 07 2010

There is a really good post titled, Why I Plan to Buy an iPad for Teaching, about the way an American Law Professor plans to use an iPad as a writing tablet projecting on to the screen behind. The post not only compares the dynamics of teaching in this way to the use of a chalk board, but also, in a comment by Bruce Boyden, “…to Jerry Seinfeld’s bit about how the cordless phone changed the dynamic of slamming the phone down in anger.”

Presentation Technology – horses for courses

15 07 2010

The questionnaire has provided some really useful information already (for more about the survey…)

Andrew Worth, Learning Design Advisor at the School of Services Management, Bournemouth University, has given me permission to quote the following:

“…it is really starting to get down to horses for courses, who is the audience, what is the message, and will the tool get in the way of the message.”

Andrew uses PowerPoint for quick and short, or business presentations but he also uses non-linear software such as MindManager (see post about MindManager here…). Andrew mentioned colleagues presenting using stand alone video, podcasts, blogs, wikis, Flickr, Picasa, Google Maps and so on. This echoes data I have received from interviews and other questionnaire respondents.

Technologies reliant on PowerPoint?

13 05 2010

In the literature review I have tried to cover as many presentation technologies as possible, as well as examples of best practice in their use. One point that strikes me is that many technologies, such as classroom software, and Adobe Presenter, use PowerPoint. This obviously makes sense, because it is what people are familiar with and what is often most readily available, however it also raises new questions for me e.g.

  • What happens to features in a PowerPoint presentation when it is imported into different technologies?
  • What features of classroom software, such as Desktop and Application sharing, could be used to drag and zoom in on images without the need for PowerPoint e.g. by using whiteboard functionality (but what about image captions?)

In terms of online collaboration software, Wimba Classroom makes sense for institutions that already use Blackboard. However its implementation is about more than just software; it is aligned to hardware, pedagogical needs (and the potential effect on students), advocacy (i.e. ‘why should I use this?’), and rights management; and factors outside an institutes’ control such as students’ Internet connection speed off-campus. This video, one of many on YouTube, highlights an approach to informing staff how to use Wimba: