Meeting at the V&A, 27th April 2012

28 05 2012

Fil de Fer by Catellani and Smith (lighting in the Gamble Room, V&A Cafe, London)
Photo: MTG

A really productive meeting at the V&A in April led to an application for the UCA Research Fund which was submitted in May. Other bits of news:

  • The Creative Writing Groups had their last sessions for the teaching year in May.
  • We are looking to arrange a second visit to the V&A for the end of June.
  • Curtis and Marie-Therese will be presenting at a UCA Seminar in June, Epsom campus.
  • The three of us will be presenting at the University of Brighton Learning and Teaching conference on 13th July.
  • Our UCA Learning and Teaching Research Grant funding will complete by the end of July.
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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.





Scouting for learning spaces at the V&A

6 01 2012

Curtis, Jac, and I (with my son in tow) met at the V&A during our Christmas holidays to explore the V&A learning spaces that had been recommended by Leanne and also scouted out by Jac on her previous visit. The learning spaces were chosen in order to inspire creativity and also for practical reasons to ensure we could use them with a group of students.

This Prezi was a collaborative effort with my son: ‘V&A visit‘. The reasons for creating this were:

  • explore the idea suggested by Jac about using Prezi to create a ‘journey of a visit’
  • explore the idea suggested by Curtis about engaging my son with Prezi (why not!)
  • potentially produce a template that could be used by the students if they would like to use it
  • record our visit in order to document our project work and support the visit with the students in early February




Meeting at the V & A

14 12 2011

William Morris Café at the V&A. Photo: MTG

Last week Jac and I met with Leanne Manfredi (Programme Manager: Higher Education and Creative Industries) at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Jac and I talked about the Create Curate Collaborate! project and our plans for bringing students to the V&A to inspire their creative writing. The focus is on students as researchers, and considering the process rather than the end product. Students will have their own mapping of the V&A to work from, but will then be brought back together at different points, some of the ‘learning spaces’ that might work are:

  1. Norfolk House Music Room
  2. Clore Study Area
Some of the resources and ideas that Leanne mentioned to us were:

“meaning and understanding of the V&A through the personal stories of its curators”

“a collaboration between comedy promoters One Green Firework, music promoters Duel in the Deep and UCL, London’s Global University”

A recent event was held at the V&A on Craft: http://brightclub.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/bright-club-craft-27th-september-at-the-v-and-a/

“a creative space for exploring innovative approaches to the study of design and objects”

Actions: planning our visit with the students for early February, and we need to book a room for end of May now!!