Teaching Postgraduate Design for Visual Communication
In conversation with:
Tony Pritchard, Course Leader, Postgraduate Design for Visual Communication Teaching and learning themes: collaboration; internationalisation; graphicology; enterprise Course name, level – 2015 Postgraduate Certificate in Design for Visual Communication; 2015 Postgraduate Diploma in Design for Visual Communication; 2016 Postgraduate Certificate in Design for Visual Communication; 2016 Postgraduate Diploma in Design for Visual Communication. College – London College of Communication (LCC) Student numbers – 75 per year Digital Space(s) used and discussed: Moodle; myblog.arts; Twitter; Facebook; Pinterest; Instagram; Issuu; Vimeo; YouTube
Key quotes: "I'm a firm believer that you are not constrained by the walls of the traditional studio ... "; " ... one should engage carefully with social media ... these means of communicating what we do to the outside world that allows us to connect to people ... from different subject backgrounds"; "our cohort has grown from a largely female participation between seventy percent up to ninety five percent in a couple of years"; "most people speak between two to four languages on the course"
Teaching online and inspiring others to explore TEL
In conversation with:
Jennifer Williams-Baffoe, Online Fashion Tutor and CSM's Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Coordinator Teaching and learning themes: pure online courses; the differences between face-to-face and online teaching; preparing for online teaching; online methodologies and technologies; TEL within an Art and Design University. Course name, level – Online Short Courses: 'Fashion Marketing'; 'Fashion Manufacturing'; 'Starting your own Fashion Label'; 'How to start your own pop-up shop' plus 'Fashion Business Practice' (Summer Course). College – Central Saint Martins (CSM) Student numbers – each 8 week online short course has 12-20 students Digital Space(s) used and discussed: 'Workflow' ePortfolio (Mahara based); BB Collaborate; Moodle; Process Arts
Key quotes: "it’s very different working and teaching online - you have to have a different way of thinking" ... "in terms of the material, you need to be able to break it down; you need to have differentiation in the lesson" ... "it’s bite sized teaching and can reach a wider audience" ... "as technology enhanced learning coordinator, I have to look at the pedagogical side of learning and teaching in a digital way - and how we marry that with what’s going on at Central Saint Martins" … "I’m not what you would call a techie person - I’m one of these people that like to experiment - I’m as comfortable in front of a computer as I am in a classroom working on a mannequin and can happily switch from one to the other" …