A tale of two workshops

Whether dealing with latecomers, the prevalence of mobile devices, or the incidence of learning and language difference, approaches to facilitation can have dramatic effect on the experience and outcomes of education. Two contrasting examples are placed side-by-side in this narrative description of a hypothetical digital workshop. The first person narration takes its reader on a …

Using digital learning technologies to re-shape the first year undergraduate experience

This article is an abridged version of one of two case studies that were part of an application for Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). This case study focused on relatively small changes I made to the Year 1 programme while in the role of Year 1 Coordinator for a BA(Hons) Fine Art …

Inclusivity and diversity support for technicians at a creative arts university

This study focuses on one project-strand developed as part of a university-wide ‘Inclusivity Project’, a strategic plan looking at how changes to the Disability Student Allowance would affect learning, teaching and the student experience.  This project-strand was conducted during the academic year of 2017-18 at a creative arts university campus, with a total of four …

(Re)designing an integrated Fashion Contextual Studies programme: a Semio-philosophical view on HE creative teaching

This article presents a philosophical reflection of creative teaching. It focuses on the changes in a Fashion Contextual Studies curriculum at the University for the Creative Arts. Looking for answers in Structural Semiotics and Phenomenology, the work exposes the methods used to curate a new year 1 programme which aims at integrating Contextual Studies and …

Championing GradeMark for Assessment and Feedback in Film Production

This article focuses on the development of a community of assessment practice which aimed to ensure that all assessors were consistent with their assessment decisions. The community sought to enable students and assessors to be active participants in a feedback loop, and this research investigated the role that the online feedback tool Grademark could play …

What is wrong with Eisner’s theory of connoisseurship for assessment in the arts – and why

Elliot Einser’s theory of connoisseurship has been influential in the discourse around assessment of arts disciplines for forty years – and still is. It claims that judgments should be based on the fact that assessors are like connoisseurs: able to discern, discriminate and thereby identify good work, as well as being able to explain the …