Create Curate Collaborate! at #uoblt12

26 07 2012

We were invited to present at the University of Brighton Learning and Teaching Conference 2012 (#uoblt12), 13th July, due to Jac Cattaneo’s connection (Northbrook College is affiliated to the University of Brighton). The theme for the conference was ‘Connectivity: linking the learning community’ and in fitting with the theme all three of us managed to deliver a joint presentation that was crafted both online, with telephone calls and the occasional meeting.

Checkland building, University of Brighton. Photo: MTG

Delegates entered the room to the sound of Johnny Cash’s ‘I Walk the Line’ LP. They were asked to select an object and accompanying postcard from Jac’s amazing and inspiring collection:

Items from the collection of Jac Cattaneo. Photo: MTG

The overarching framework for the session was purposefully presented within a PowerPoint; this was in order to avoid ‘Prezi’ overload!

After the background to the project, Curtis performed his Prezi poem: ‘Prezi Hesi Tate‘ and talked about some of the theories and writings that had inspired our practice.

Jac led a group activity on free writing using the objects and postcards. I had pre-prepared a Prezi with the images of the objects so when a number of them were selected by the audience I was able to type up the phrases into a live Prezi and create the group’s collaborative ‘found’ Prezi poem. Curtis selected a member of the audience to perform the poem and this worked really well.

We had lots of positive feedback on the session from attendees as well as useful discussion about Prezi and Creative Writing. Next steps: to write-up the final report, due 14th September 2012.





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.





CCC at the V & A

4 02 2012

Our Create Curate Collaborate! project continued apace with the first trip to the V&A with the students on Wednesday, facilitated by Leanne Manfredi of the V&A. A day’s exploration into Creative Writing at the V&A, designed and presented by Jac Cattaneo and Curtis Tappenden, was the primary focus for the 21 students, from Northbrook College and University for the Creative Arts.

As part of the programme for the day I was invited to do a session on Prezi. This was in four parts, and I share it here in case it is useful for anyone else to use/re-use/adapt/amend. Feedback is definitely welcomed!

Part 1. Verbal introduction
I introduced myself and explained what we were going to do and how long it would take (45 minutes). To enable us to evaluate the project the students were also asked to complete brief paper (1 side of A4) questionnaires. This had already been mentioned as part of the project consent forms they signed before undertaking the trip. Chocolate as an afternoon ‘sweetener’ too!

Part 2. An analogue introduction to the concept of Prezi

You will need (per two students): one sheet of A3 plain paper, three different colour felt-tip pens, a block of post-it notes, some printed out images from the V&A Collections website

The explanation: the sheet of paper represents the Prezi canvas; online this is almost infinite (the paper is limited as one student wrote down); the post-it notes represent the text boxes that you can have in Prezi (click anywhere to add a piece of text then move this around like a post-it note); the images from the V&A were designed to show how Prezi could be used following our visit to the V&A; the felt-tip pens were for writing on the post-it notes (although the students naturally drew arrows as well which demonstrates another Prezi feature too!).

The brief: students were asked to work in pairs with the materials, the object was to define relationships and links between the images (V&A museum objects) based on their own feelings and expressed with phrases of creative writing on the post-it notes. One student was happy to talk about her analogue Prezi to the others and communicated her ideas really clearly to the rest of the group.

Part 3. YouTube demo

I let the following screencast (which I had prepared earlier) play, and described verbally what was happening.

Part 4. Demo of example Prezi

The students were shown the ‘interactive poster’ Prezi that we had created for the University of Brighton Pedagogy conference. They particularly liked the zoom into the Moon Stone jar on the V&A map. This then led into any questions. I gave a one-side-of-A4 handout for their reference: download Prezi handout (PDF).

Follow-up

Jac and Curtis will now support the students getting signed up with Prezi EDU Enjoy user accounts (a few are already signed up), and then I will visit each group of students for another Prezi session.





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





PowerPoint versus posters

26 05 2011

At The Art of Presentation event recently, I met Jac Cattaneo from Northbrook College Sussex, an affiliated college of the University of Brighton. She worked on a Visual Practices Project for LearnHigher that looked at the use of individually-designed posters instead of PowerPoint as a visual aid in assessed student presentations.

More information about the project is available here:
http://www.brighton.ac.uk/visuallearning/project-news/cattaneo/

The above Web page also includes links to the Full Project Report as well as a PDF guide to using posters to support research presentations. Having looked at the guide I am inspired to use it in combination with the technology possibilities of Prezi.





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-Tack®) 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.