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
http://www.cadoganhall.com/showpage.php?pid=1549

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.





Gathering collaborators for UCA L&T Research Fund

27 06 2011

There is another round of University for the Creative Arts Learning and Teaching Research funding that I am aiming to apply for, in collaboration with two academics.

Further details will be forthcoming here once the proposal has been firmed up. The three of us are hoping to meet next week, as the deadline for submission is Friday 15th July (and on that day I will be otherwise engaged here: JISC-funded Kultivate project conference, London).





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.

Notes
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: http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue65/gramstadt/
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: http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue65/gramstadt/

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 mgramstadt@ucreative.ac.uk

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.





UCA Learning and Teaching Conference

1 02 2011

Last week I attended the University for the Creative Arts Learning and Teaching conference, held on Friday 28th January at the British Library in London.

Despite the University being spread over five campuses – Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester – there was a really good feeling of togetherness on the day. The workshops I attended were really inspirational and the whole day had a great collaborative and creative energy.

As part of the current research grant I am organising an event called ‘The Art of Presentation: pedagogic issues of teaching with images’, a small flyer was circulated to staff in the conference packs.





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.

[http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/information/#about]

Title: Locating Image Presentation Technology within Pedagogic Practice
Available from: http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue65/gramstadt/