Developing Research as an Academic Practice
In conversation with:
James Swinson, Course Leader for Research Pathway in the MA Academic Practice in Art Design and Communication & CSM Research Students Tutor PhD Supervision. Teaching and learning themes: research; developing a research profile; developing a research portfolio; communities of practice. Course name; level: MA Academic Practice; Research as an Academic Practice Unit (now - Introduction to Practice as Research - Elective Unit). College: Central Saint Martins (CSM) & Teaching & Learning Exchange. Student Numbers: 24 (on Elective Unit). Digital Space(s) used and discussed: Workflow (ePortfolio / eStudio Platform).
Key quotes: "they were really proactive people and really engaged in the face to face sessions and this was also reflected in the portfolios" ... "the enthusiasm or how coherent the portfolios have been reflect how the cohorts work socially" ... "effectively they are producing a sort of website" ... "by using it (Workflow) for their own purposes they (academics) see how they can apply it to the way they work with students" ... "many want to retain a copy (of the ePortfolio) and use it - and they get very excited about that" ... "you realise what a powerful research tool it is".
Teaching Fashion Illustration and Drawing – Online
In conversation with:
Ana Stankovic-Fitzgerald, Course Tutor, Fashion Illustration and Fashion Drawing. Teaching and learning themes: teaching online; internationalisation; communities of practice. Course name(s); level: a wide variety of short online and face to face fashion drawing and fashion illustration courses - LCF Short Courses / LCF Online Short Courses; BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration; and more ... College: London College of Fashion (LCF). Student Numbers: 20 (each 'online short course'); 130 (BA Hons Fashion Illustration) Digital Spaces used and discussed: Workflow (eStudio and ePortfolio); Blackboard Collaborate (Online Classroom).
Key Quotes: "I'm currently working on integrating my face to face with my online courses" … "I use 'Workflow' for all face to face classes as well - not just online courses" ... "looking at developing that further possibly with the use of some social media" … "I’m looking at setting up some kind of Instagram where the students can be connected - face to face and online, I think that would be very inspirational especially for complete beginners" … "this year I have students from El Salvador, Japan, Nigeria, Russia, France, Italy" … "I would like to be able to connect my old students with my new students" ... "what I have started to do is I am trying to deliver both (face-to-face and online courses) in exactly the same way and so far I think it’s working" … "there’s quite a few face to face students who decided to continue with online courses and now I’m having online courses who are coming to my face-to-face courses" … "you seem to be in constant communication with online courses and maybe you are building a stronger relationship" ...