Category: collaboration

Creative Tea #2: A conference, short films and a book

4 minute read Thanks enormously to all those who attended the creative tea last week. It was a cold, gloomy November night that was brightened up by Holland’s ‘Fika’.    The focus of the tea was on ideas of knowledge-exchange, and the strands I drew from the meeting were ideas of knowledge-exchange as process, the live moment  and the validation of… Read more →

A move beyond the happy accident – exploring innovation at the Make:Shift conference

21/2 minute read Last week I was lucky enough to catch up with James Smith, our contemporary design crafts B.A (Hons) Course Area Leader. We discussed his recent visit to Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry to attend the Crafts Council’s Make:Shift conference 2017. James mentioned the work of the 2014 conference as exploring innovations in approach to Crafts practice… Read more →

Creative Tea – investigating ideas of practice-led research

3 min read   Huge thanks to colleagues at HCA who, despite a tiring days teaching, came to our ‘Creative Tea’ on Tuesday night. Huge shout-outs to James and Clair; arriving slightly late but both had taught from 9.00 onwards, collaborating with a range of partners in an exciting collaboration that celebrates and investigates twenty-first-century responses to the ‘Mappa Mundi’, Hereford’s famous… Read more →

Scholarly Curriculum Development – Part 2

Reading Time – 2 mins I’m excited that our scholarly curriculum development work at Hereford College of Arts has now entered its second phase. Following a previous HE staff workshop we’re now entering a wider consultation phase which aims to gather ideas from staff and students around: Collaborative Modules What kinds of projects would support whole-college collaborations on the lines… Read more →

October update: practice-led research, cclasses & a newsletter

3 ½ minute read   I’m thrilled to announce our brand new ‘Scholarship Project’ HCA, Gloscol and Sgloscol newsletter. This replaces our semi-regular email ‘catch-ups’, formalising this process slightly, which makes it easier to collate information and for various groups to contribute to the newsletter.   This doesn’t, of course, replace our blog posts, which exist to identify and disseminate good… Read more →

Moving towards meta: ’employability’, scholarship and the learner journey

3 minute read Should we move away from badging core, key or ‘soft’ skills as ‘employability’ skills or think of them instead as a move towards meta-awareness? This was a recurring question as I listened to guest speakers and ‘home-grown’ researchers at our annual HE symposium today. Writing about meta-awareness might seem as if I’m simply fancy with vocabulary. However,… Read more →

Arts education and the Scholarly Curriculum

3½ minute read “The innovative cities of the coming age will develop a creative union of technology, arts, and civics.” Sir Peter Hall   “technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.” Steve Jobs   As educators, if we are to develop ‘creative unions’… Read more →

Creativity and collaboration at the AoC HE Research Conference

It’s lovely when a conference feels like an ‘ideas exchange’ and this was certainly the case with this year’s annual AoC HE Research Conference. From my perspective (and I couldn’t watch the whole conference) some shared themes emerged but, as always for College based Higher Education events it is the enthusiasm and passion for learning shared by all delegates that… Read more →

Peer support in a less-formal learning environment: L4 Graphics students reflect on their module

Kolb’s experiential learning cycle (1984) has been seminal in promoting the importance of reflective practice as an integral part of learning. However, engaging students with reflection in ways that the modern student finds appropriate can be challenging, especially in an art college context where many of our students prefer active learning to ‘reflective observation.’  Likewise, some learners struggle to make… Read more →