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