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:

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-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: 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.

Documentation of 3D cultural heritage artefacts

16 07 2010

On Friday 9th July, the JISC-funded Look-Here! project partners met at the University of Brighton to attend a workshop on digitisation. Dr. Karina Rodriguez-Echavarria gave a presentation about 3D documentation for cultural heritage artefacts, as part of an introduction to 3D capture and 3D-COFORM, the current project that she is working on.

Visual Practices

1 04 2010

Today I interviewed Pauline Ridley, Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton, and Learning Area Coordinator for Visual Practices, part of the LearnHigher Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).
Pauline has a wealth of knowledge around this area based on her own research and working practice so the interview was very inspiring.

Pedagogy before technology

15 02 2010

Inspirational quote:

Beetham and Sharpe (eds.). 2007. Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age: “…’Pedagogy before technology’… we should be in the business of locating the new technologies within proven practices and models of teaching…” (page 3)

and a useful resource:

Visual Aids – tips and videos on using PowerPoint, props etc taken from the Learn Higher CETL for Visual Practices at the University of Brighton: http://www.brighton.ac.uk/visuallearning/