Democratic Assessment: Using a students-as-partners approach to re-think assessment in Consumer Behaviour

Abstract This research aims to investigate and evaluate the introduction of students as partners approach to assessment design in Consumer Behaviour. The more democratic approach reflects more accurately the needs of the professional environment that these students hope to enter. I chose to use an action research methodology to intervene in my teaching and assessment …

Tracing routes to Higher Education through geographies of disadvantage: The contribution of creative arts outreach

Tracing routes to Higher Education through geographies of disadvantage: The contribution of creative arts outreach

Abstract Inclusive of socio-economic disadvantage, young people from a variety of backgrounds and characteristics are underrepresented in Higher Education (HE) in England. While attainment at secondary school strongly predicts whether a young person might go into HE, it is also difficult to disentangle attainment at Key Stages from the cyclical influence of prior disadvantage. Creative …

Visualising transformative spaces for education: a focus on lecture halls, computer rooms and studios

Abstract One room, three learning spaces for creative education. This image-led investigation shows how a standard blank room can be effectively transformed into three different kinds of learning environments: a lecture hall, a computer room and a studio. Research has shown that effective design of teaching spaces is beneficial to the learning experience and contributes …

Reflecting on the inclusivity and accessibility of a learning space for textiles education

Inclusive Learning Spaces for Textiles Education

Abstract The aim of this reflection was to investigate the extent to which one of my teaching spaces is inclusive and accessible for my students that will be using it. With inclusivity and accessibility being increasingly discussed within a university setting, it felt important to look at the spaces I use when teaching my workshops …

Using the Alexander Framework to reflect on approaches to teaching

Abstract The Alexander Framework invites us to reflect on our underlying beliefs and assumptions about teaching and learning. In this article, Rebecca Fairley, Programme Leader for Textiles at the Open College of the Arts, provides an example of how the Alexander Framework can help educators achieve new perspectives on how they approach their teaching. Published …

Could do better? Inclusion in higher education arts institutions (review)

Ray Martin highlights the sobering findings emerging from Kate Hatton's book on the state of inclusivity in arts higher education. Published on 11th March 2020 | Written by Ray Martin | Photo by Allie Smith on Unsplash ‘Art education has generally been conservative, repetitive and exclusive,’ says Kate Hatton, editor of Towards an Inclusive Arts …

Discussions in online collaborative work, cohesion and learning in higher education (and cake)

Abstract Online collaboration is becoming an ever more prevalent and feasible option in education. As technological options and distance teaching methods improve, the value of using online platforms to teach, learn and collaborate is becoming increasingly recognised. This paper examines and reflects on its place and use in creative education. Using video-conferencing software Zoom, these …

An investigation into best practices in internationalising curricula

Abstract The number of international students at UCA has doubled since last academic year.  With the targets for international recruitments moving ever higher, additional opportunities for international students to study at UCA have been created through short courses, exchange and transfer opportunities along with the development of UCA course franchises with partnership universities. As a …