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Friday, 27 April 2012

Drawing on All Resources - book soon - only a few places left!

Drawing on All Resources: developing open educational practice in art, design and media
Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton

16 May 2012 

We only have 6 places left!
Registration will close on 8 May.

This one-day forum, aimed at tutors and managers in creative practice higher education, will showcase the work of individuals, departments and institutions working towards more open educational practices in art, design and media disciplines. It aims:
  • To capture, recognise and share the work of individuals, departments and institutions in developing open educational practices in creative practice higher education.
  • To allow specialists in the OER field, to present examples and discuss current developments in the creation and use of licensed educational materials.
  • To enable those attending the event to engage in open dialogue about themes and issues that are emerging around the creation and use of online teaching and learning resources.
Main Event page -  includes a link to the full programme and registration 

FROM THE ARCHIVE - Student engagement: paradigm change or political expediency?

Student engagement: paradigm change or political expediency?
Christine Hardy, Nottingham Trent University

To complement issue 17 of Networks, published online this week, which focuses on teaching and learning practices in which students take centre stage, we are republishing this article. It reviews the concept and measurement of student engagement, drawing on the approaches taken in the USA, Australia and the UK. It critically explores these methods that impact politically on institutional approaches to educational practices, … to make tentative conclusions as to a possible effective holistic approach to student engagement within the UK.

Published in Spring 2010Networks, Issue 9, pp. 19 - 23.
To access the article


EVENT - The agency of early career academics: a counterpart to student engagement?
Mile End campus, Queen Mary, University of London
14 May 2012

This is the eighth seminar in the 2011/12 educational research seminars series run by the Learning Institute at Queen Mary, University of London. Given by Dr Peter Kahn (Director of Studies for the online professional doctorate (EdD) in Higher Education at the University of Liverpool), the seminar will draw parallels between student engagement and the agency of staff through a focus on the professional learning of early career academics. This seminar highlights ways in which an individual student or academic can shape their learning or professional practice, focusing on the reflexive and social underpinnings of such engagement.
For more information
EVENT – issotl12
9th Annual International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Conference
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
October 24-27, 2012

This event, hosted by the Centre for Leadership in Learning, McMaster University, will bring international scholars and educators together to share recent work and to discuss how our collective efforts will transform the future of higher education.

Building on the successful meetings held prior to the ISSOTL conferences in Liverpool (2010) and Milwaukee (2011), the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) will be again be offering a pre-conference symposium at the ISSOTL 2012 conference in Hamilton.
CALL – for eAssessment Scotland 2012: Feeding Back , Forming the Future
Day Conference:  University of Dundee, 31 August 2012
Online Conference:  23 August – 6 September 2012

Deadline for submissions: 4 May 2012

If you are working with or have any experience of eAssesment (including ePortfolios, online marking, or similar), then please share your story with the organisers at the fourth eAssessment Scotland conference in Dundee. They are looking for examples (Posters, Presentations and Workshops) of how eAssessment has been used in education, health services and the commercial sector and they welcome presenters from across the globe. 

EVENT - 22nd International Screen Studies Conference

University of Glasgow
29 June- 1 July 2012

The 22nd conference is organised by Screen journal and will be programmed by Screen editor Karen Lury. ‘Other Cinemas’ will be the subject of the plenaries and will form a strand running throughout the conference.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
  • Charles Acland (Concordia University), co-editor of Useful Cinema (2011)
  • Thomas Elsaesser (University of Amsterdam), author of The Persistence of Hollywood: from Cinephile Moments to Blockbuster Memories (2012)
  • Elizabeth Lebas (Middlesex University), author of Forgotten Futures: British Municipal Cinema 1920-1980 (2011)
Looking into the past and the future of cinema has inspired increasing academic interest in films and film-making practices that are generally considered to be outside the ‘mainstream’ of commercial cinema. This year Screen encouraged presentations that engage with these ‘Other Cinemas’:
  • ‘Amateur’ films;
  • Educational cinema;
  • Industrial films;
  • Films produced for and distributed via different web platforms;
  • Experimental or avant-garde work;
  • 'Sponsored’ films (municipal cinema, health films).

Thursday, 26 April 2012

CALL - for papers for Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism

Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism  is an open access, peer reviewed online journal, committed to publishing rigorous but accessible critical writing that is responsive to the detailed texture and artistry of film and television, old and new. The journal is a joint venture between the Universities of Warwick, Reading, and Oxford. Movie is published on a biannual basis.

The editors welcome articles that illuminate concepts, analytical methods and questions in film aesthetics that are of significance to film criticism. They are currently inviting submissions for issues 4 & 5. Articles should be up to 8,000 words, although they are also open to the possibility of longer pieces, to be judged on a case-by-case basis.

EVENT - Developing the 3rd cycle:
Doctoral Level Education for the Arts

2nd Annual SHARE* conference
Chelsea College of Art and Design, Millbank
11 – 12 May 2012
This two day conference will be hosted by the CCW (Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Colleges of Art and Design) Graduate School.

The conference is part of the research and networking project focused on developing Europe wide standards and protocols for research in the arts and accompanying doctoral programs, featuring keynotes from Gertrud SandqvistBill Gaver and Klaus Jung.

This international conference considers the challenges, opportunities and critical issues faced in the building of new - and the further development of existing - programmes and platforms for 3rd cycle (doctoral) education and research for the creative arts.

Over two days of presentations, break-out groups, workshops and discussions, the conference will bring together researchers, educators, visual artist, designers, performing artist, and media practitioners from across Europe to think through the practical and theoretical challenges in developing doctoral level education in creative art practices. 


* SHARE is an international networking project, comprising 39 partners working together on enhancing the ‘3rd cycle’ of arts research and education, creating a Europe-wide exchange framework for the widely different experiences, practices and ideas that make up the lively domain of artistic and cultural research.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

EVENT – 3rd open 'Talking about art/collaborative crit development' meeting

9th floor Boardroom, University of the Arts London, 272 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EY
16 May 2012 (5.00 - 6.30pm)

This is the third open meeting for the project; you are welcome to participate even if you were not able to attend the first 2 meetings.

The aim of having these meetings is to pool expertise and good practice when it comes to facilitating the process of talking about, reading and describing art – in the crit, gallery or studio context – especially in order to help each person to participate fully and confidently in a crit. The project team aim to pull in expertise from university and gallery educators around the UK and the end goal is to produce a set of dynamic and accessible learning resources that can communicate such techniques and be shared, accredited, distributed, hosted and used by all (students, graduates, staff, those without an art background or looking for a ‘way in’).

Please see more information on the project:

Since the last meeting the Higher Education Academy (HEA) has offered funding to produce a video resource for the project, which can be shared across websites and platforms. This will be discussed in more detail on the 16th but they feel the structure for the videos should inform the next meeting agenda:
  • Why do we have crits?
  • Why are they important?
  • What are the different types of crits and what are their advantages and drawbacks?
If you would like to attend the meeting or for more information, please contact Sarah Rowles director@q-artlondon.com or Siobhan Clay s.clay@arts.ac.uk

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Student Award entries now online - voting open!

Networks is delighted to present the entries for Reflect:on Learning Experiences in Art, Design & Media, the Student Award 2012. The award, now in its seventh year, provides a unique opportunity for students to showcase their work alongside a range of UK institutions to a global audience.
Students were asked to focus on their experiences of learning in art, design and media and submit an image or piece of multimedia (visual / audio / film / etc) accompanied by a short statement that reflects the epiphanies, inspirations, enablers and opportunities that are part of the experience of higher education. We think you will agree with us that the work is of a high standard and there are some interesting entries.

Submissions are not being formally assessed but, as last year, the winner and runner up will be selected via an online voting system. The winning entry will be eligible for the prize of £300 and the runner up £100.

Voting closes on Friday, 11 May 2012

Networks Issue 17 is now online

For this issue of Networks we wanted to focus on teaching and learning practices in which students take centre stage and sought articles exploring student involvement in art, design and media curriculum design, ‘delivery’ and assessment, as well as engagement with departmental and institutional structures and processes. We are proud to share examples of student networks, peer tutoring and peer assessment among the many stories, suggestions, appeals and recommendations from the sector.

We are excited to publish the entries to this year’s Student Award Reflect:on Learning Experiences in Art, Design & Media. The entries reflect on their creators’ experiences of learning in art, design and media higher education and are a powerful reminder of the breadth of these experiences and encounters and also of how much they count in their impacts on students’ lives. Please take time to look and vote for your favourite entries before 11 May.


Monday, 23 April 2012

CALL – new deadline for abstracts to Designs on e-Learning conference

Crowd and cloud: towards a collaborative future
University of the Arts London
 5, 6 and 7 September 2012

Abstract Deadline extended, New Deadline: 4 May 2012

The eighth international Designs on e-Learning conference on the use of technology for teaching and learning in art, design and communication will be hosted by the Centre for Learning and Teaching Art and Design (CLTAD) at UAL.

Conference Themes:
  • Social media
  • The studio and technology

  • Digital literacy

  • User generated content

  • Collaboration and community building

  • Sustainability

You can now submit an abstract on the Designs on e-Learning Website

Submitted abstracts will be assessed in a blind review process.

The conference format will include barcamps, streamed sessions, discussions, performances and creative work. The organisers are particularly interested in submissions by artists, art and design educators, museums and galleries.

For further information contact Robin Shaw r.shaw@arts.ac.uk (Conference Organiser), or Charlotte Webb c.webb@arts.ac.uk  (Web Communications Officer)

UAL are delighted to be working in partnership with Penn State University on the 2012 Designs on e-Learning conference

CALL – for entries to HEA student image competition

‘As good as it gets’: Student Image Competition 

The Higher Education Academy is looking for a photograph/digital image which captures how it feels to study the Arts and Humanities when studying the Arts and Humanities is at its best. All entries will be displayed at the Arts and Humanities annual conference and the student who submits the HEA's favourite image will win their choice of either a new third generation iPad 16 GB, 4G with WiFi or £450 in Book Tokens. The winner will also be invited to attend the Higher Education Academy National Annual Conference to be held in Manchester on 3 - 4 July 2012 (all expenses paid). 

Full competition rules and further details on how to enter can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/HEAcomp12

The competition closes at midnight on Friday, 18 May 2012.