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Friday, 16 March 2012

Winner of 101 Things to Learn in Art School

Well done to @davidrowen for his tweet:
Art is collaborative, social & uncompetitive - the only place where art happens in a vacuum is - inside a vacuum 

This was our favourite and we are putting a copy of the book in the post to him now.
Thanks to everyone who tweeted.

We also really liked @ninalecerf's tweet:
The lyrics to the Jam's "Art School" are pretty accurate

This gave us the idea to ask for music that relates to art, design and media education. 
No prize this time but if you have any ideas, please tweet to #admmusic  https://twitter.com/#!/networkADM - you can also leave a comment on this post!

FROM THE ARCHIVE - Issues of Engagement for International Students in Art and Design

Issues of Engagement for International Students in Art and Design
Margo Blythman and Silvia Sovic, University of the Arts London

Internationalisation is currently very much in the news. This article reports on a CETL-funded project that explored some issues of engagement for international students.…Issues emerging include some particularly relevant to art and design education such as the privileging of ambiguity, group work and explorations of personal identity. The article suggests some strategies including Holliday’s ‘small culture approach’ (Holliday, 1999).

Published in Spring 2010: Networks, Issue 9, pp. 24-27.
To access the article


EVENTS - OER Workshop and Seminar Series
Various institutions
Between 10 April and 5 July           

The HEA/JISC OER workshop and seminars series has the following aims: to enable institutions to disseminate findings from discipline-specific OER projects and/or practice, or evidence-informed policy; to facilitate the sharing of policy, practice and evidence, within and across disciplines;
to promote critical discussion in relation to the release, use and reuse of OER in relation to all academic disciplines.
EVENT - Academic Development for the Digital University
The 11th SEDA Summer School for Academic Developers
Cumberland Lodge, Windsor
9 - 11 July 2012

This SEDA Summer School is intended for colleagues, whether new or experienced in academic development, who see as part of their role helping their institution to increase and enhance the appropriate use of digital technologies. The Summer School is not primarily about the technologies themselves. Rather it is about the good and critical uses of digital technologies in academic development to support the increasingly digital University.

NB JISC is offering 12 scholarship places for the SEDA Summer School. Each will pay £400 towards the cost of attending the event (full price £795). These scholarships are open to members of any institution normally eligible to receive JISC funding.  The deadline for scholarship applications is 30 April.
For further information please contact office@seda.ac.uk or Paul Bailey p.bailey@jisc.ac.uk
CALL – for invitations to tender: Four new pieces of HEA research

Deadline for submissions: 2 April 2012

The HEA are inviting tenders for four major new research projects:

  • Behavioural approaches to understanding student choice, (in collaboration with the National Union of Students). Total funding of up to £40,000 is available.
  • Leading the student experience: Academics and professional services in partnership (in collaboration with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education). Total funding of up to £40,000 is available.
  • Review of the HEA’s Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey. Total funding of up to £17,000 is available.
  • Impact of teaching development programmes. Total funding of up to £20,000 is available.
For more information
CALL – for proposals for HEA’S Internationalisation Change Programme

Deadline for proposals: 16 April 2012

The Internationalisation Change Programme is a new programme from the Higher Education Academy that has been designed to help institutions develop a culture of internationalisation at all levels of practice. The focus of the programme is on enhancing the quality of learning and teaching experiences for all students, both home and international.
For more information
NEWS –  NUS report Student Experience Research 2012 published

The NUS Student Experience Report has been published; it provides a real insight into the student learning and teaching experience. The NUS worked with the QAA to produce this research and they hope that it will be used by students’ unions, institutions and government to drive changes and improvements in higher education.
NEWS – revised HEA guide to pedagogy for employability published

The popular publication has been revised with the practitioner in mind. It will be particularly useful for those teaching in the classroom and those engaging with policy and student interactions in other ways, such as careers guidance and learning development workers.
The guide includes case studies of learning and teaching that support the development of student employability, whether in the classroom, through distance and part-time learning, or through extra-curricular activities. There is also a focus on the curriculum and learning and teaching practice.
For more information 

Thursday, 15 March 2012

EVENT - British Art as International Art, 1851 to 1960

Postgraduate Symposium
University of East Anglia
20 - 21 April 2012

There have been two decades of vigorous interest in British art history, but up to now this has tended to assume a more or less unproblematic category of national identity and has not enquired closely into the elusive idea of ‘Britishness’. More recently, the concept of the transnational has proved to be a productive way for art historians in the 21st century to reflect not only on contemporary art, but also that of previous centuries. This graduate conference will address the extent to which these two approaches overlap in British art between 1851 and 1960, not only in terms of British artists working abroad and non-British artists adopting Britain as a base, but also in less tangible or previously unconsidered ways.

Keynote speakers
  • Emma Chambers, Tate Britain, “Migrations: Émigré Artists in British Art”
  • Michael Hatt, University of Warwick, “From New England to Nowhere: Edward Carpenter, Fred Holland Day and the Dream of Placelessness”
The symposium is free, but spaces are limited, so please register before 2 April.

CALL – for papers for The Spaces of Arts: Thinking the National and Transnational in a Global Perspective

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
27 – 29 September 2012

Deadline for proposals: 15 May 2012

The organisers are inviting scholars, whose research is grounded in socio-spatial analysis and/or aims at meeting the daunting challenge of ubiquity in art history, to join the conversation and offer their perspectives. They welcome papers that explore the connection between the national and transnational in a global perspective for any object, period, and place in the history of arts and letters.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

EVENT - Shift/Work: Developing participatory workshop models for educating contemporary artists

University of Edinburgh
Monday 2 April 2012

(NB this date has changed from original posting)

Neil Cummings – Professor of Critical Practice, Chelsea College of Art & Design
Dave Rushton – Institute of Local Television

Shift/Work is an exchange between the School of Art, University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop that develops and shares open educational resources for artists and art educators. The purpose of this workshop is to enable its participants to develop their own models of collaborative practice-based learning.

Developing new sites in which art can be produced and expanding the ways in which production is supported are central to learning how to practice as an artist. To facilitate this, art education conventionally combines ‘structured’ historical and theoretical scholarship with ‘open’ practice-based learning agreements. This incoherent approach perpetuates the legacy of Romanticism, producing ‘autonomous’ auteurs rather than artist-learners. This does not prepare artists to participate in today’s artworld, a horizontally integrated network that is highly dependent upon reciprocal altruism.

Re-imagining the learning environment is key to facilitating the kinds of knowledge that artists now require. Developing an iterative action-based approach to artistic learning that is at once theoretical and practical is imperative.

Shift/Work aims to examine and reconfigure ways in which we can facilitate comprehensive workshop-based approaches to artistic production that are theoretically informed, practical and participatory. Shift/Work will facilitate new experiential knowledge, practices and tools for artists and art educators to adapt and implement.

The workshop will be hosted in three studios in the School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art. It will accommodate up to 30 participants, two speakers and their facilitators. It will consist of a two and a half hour morning session and a two hour afternoon session.

The workshop will begin with two presentations – one by Neil Cummings and one by Dave Rushton – followed by two break-out sessions. A rota-based approach to curriculum design will focus attention on the workshop as a convivial means of knowledge production and distribution. Learning and exchange will be developed through ‘on-the-job training’, engaging the participants in a collective approach to learning. 
  • Attendees will require some experience of art education, either as a student or as an educator, as prior knowledge will be form a key component of the heuristic process.
  • The event will be simultaneously recorded and streamed live on Bambuser to enable wider access.
  • The presentations and feedback sessions of the event will be transcribed, edited and published in 2012 as part of a Shift/Work publication being produced by Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. 
Shift/Work is supported by the HEA Discipline Workshop and Seminar Series 2011-12.

CALL – for participation in journalism education survey

Einar Thorsen & Sue Wallace at Bournemouth University are currently conducting an international survey into the use of news and magazine websites in journalism education.

They would be most grateful if you could assist by completing their survey:

They are interested in the views of both staff and students, so please circulate as widely as possible.

The survey is completed anonymously. For staff it takes no more than 10-15 minutes to complete, with the student section possible to complete in 5 minutes. All staff and students on undergraduate and postgraduate journalism courses are encouraged to partake and they welcome your participation.

The research is funded by the Association for Journalism Education, and is intended to map and share the experiences and best practice of all immediate stakeholders in use of news websites.

Survey results will form part of a larger study entitled Strategies for use of news websites in journalism education. Findings from this research project will be made available online and as contributions to relevant scholarly journals.

If you would like further information on the project, view the original project brief.

CALL - for proposals to ISSOTL 2012 (extended deadline)

Research on Teaching and Learning: Integrating Practices 
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

24 - 27 October 2012

Deadline for submissions has been extended to: 25 March 2012

The 9th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). International scholars and educators will come together to share recent work and to discuss how their collective efforts will transform the future of higher education.


Monday, 12 March 2012

EVENT - Thinking Through Writing and Making

Staffordshire University
29 March 2012

This is the first workshop in the Writing in Creative Practice Series, which is run in conjunction with Writing PAD and funded by the Higher Education Academy.

This workshop will look at how academic practice that seems to be hidden to students’ understanding of the term ‘research’ can be highlighted through a variety of learning and teaching activities. The author of Inspiring Writing in Art and Design: Taking a Line for a Write, Pat Francis, will lead part of the day in which exploratory writing will be tried, as well as collage and other making activities in order to visualise research activities such as questioning the provenance of a text.

Conceived as a hands-on day with lots of activities and discussion, Sarah Williamson will introduce the participants to the making of individual artists’ books in order to capture the impressions of individual participants in a creative and visual way – and let them experience the suggested strategies rather than just hearing about them.

Pictures of works in progress and other participant reactions to the theme will be submitted as a photo essay to the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice.

The attendance of this workshop is free of charge to all those interested in the workshop topic, with preference being given to staff working in HE institutions and HE in FE colleges from across the UK. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, but travel expenses will not be covered.

For more information or to book a place, please get in touch with Dr Alke Gröppel-Wegener a.c.groppel-wegener@staffs.ac.uk