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Friday, 11 May 2012

FROM THE ARCHIVE - ‘A-Z of Sustainable Materials’

‘A-Z of Sustainable Materials’: using a hands-on workshop to engage students
Clare Qualmann, London Metropolitan University with Rosie Hornbuckle, Kingston University and Tracy Sutton, Pearlfisher

This case study focuses on the design and delivery of a hands-on workshop involving second year Interior Design students in the Sir John Cass department of Art, Media and Design (JCAMD) at London Metropolitan University. 

The workshop was delivered in December 2009 to 40 students studying a module entitled ‘Responsible Design’ and gave students the opportunity to activate their learning, combining theory and practice to engender a deeper understanding of the complexity of sustainability issues in relation to design practice. 

Published in Autumn 2010: Networks, Issue 11, pp. 46 - 50.
To access the article


EVENTS - Moodle Webinars
Various sessions 15 – 24 May

The growth of ICT within education is stronger than ever as technology more and more becomes integrated into our everyday lives. The challenge facing educators is to optimise the use of the technology from a pedagogical perspective; leading with pedagogy rather than technology. The Learning Innovation Network (LIN) are running a series of webinars to promote “good practice” in the use of Moodle in the classroom. The webinars are free but registration is necessary. Recordings of previous webinars are available online.
EVENT - HEA-HeLF workshop: Managing an institutional transition from paper-based to online submission, marking and feedback
Manchester Metropolitan University, England
8 June 2012

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Heads of eLearning Forum (HeLF) are holding a joint workshop to support higher education providers in implementing online submission, marking and feedback at institutional level.
For more information
EVENT - Pedagogy for Employability 2012: Implications for Practice
Birmingham City University, Birmingham
12 June 2012

This workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore the major findings - and their implications - of the recent publication of ‘Pedagogy for Employability revised edition 2012’ – and subsequent research and reports in particular Wilson Review. There will also be opportunities to discuss and reflect on how these affect their short and medium term practice and goals.
EVENT – Social Mobility & Higher Education: How Can Universities Widen Participation?
Westminster, London
5 July 2012

This event will include opportunities to examine the details of the Milburn Report and debate the implications for universities, colleges and schools. White Paper recommendations related to social mobility will also be discussed. Other sessions will provide a chance for you to hear how universities and other institutions are successfully running collaborative WP models and credit transfer schemes.
For more information
EVENT - The Higher Education Show 2012
QEII Conference Centre, London
17 October 2012

This event will take a comprehensive analysis of the challenges affecting the sector and the future developments needed to guarantee the financial stability and world-class reputation of UK HE. Confirmed speaker: Professor Sir Tim Wilson, Author, The Wilson Review of Business-University Collaboration.
For more information
CALL – for papers for Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education (ELEHA) journal

Deadline for submissions:  29 June 2012

ELEHE is an open-access international peer-reviewed online journal published by The University of Northampton. Re-launching with a new Editorial Team, they are inviting authors to submit articles for publication in the forthcoming Autumn 2012 edition of the journal with the theme: “Creative strategies for enhancing the learner experience”.

EVENT - Teaching in Practice: a three day event for newly qualified Art & Design staff

Business Design Centre, Islington, London
Garden Museum, Lambeth, London
Victoria & Albert Museum, Kensington, London

27 - 29 June 2012

This three day event is intended for all art and design staff who have completed their PGCert (or equivalent) in the last 12 months.

This event is presented in partnership with The Higher Education Academy, the University of the Arts, London, and Q-Art London and offers a unique opportunity for those new to teaching in art and design to reflect upon their teaching within a community of practice. 

  • Professor Juan Cruz - Acting School Director, The Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies, Liverpool John Moores University

  • Mark Crawley, Director of Widening Participation and Progression, University of the Arts, London
  • Leanne Manfredi, Higher Education and Creative Industries Programme Manager (V&A)
Workshops include:
  • Professional standards framework
  • Integrating writing into a studio-based curriculum
  • Art & Design crits
Networking events
  • Drinks receptions
  • Tickets to the New Designers 2012 show
  • Tickets to the V&A's exhibition, British Design 1948–2012: Innovation in the Modern Age
  • Friday Late at the V&A - Un-built: Explore the interplay between architecture and the visual arts. From the current pop-up phenomenon of temporary structures, to film, performance and sculpture.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

CALL - for submissions to Craft Research journal

Craft Research, Volume 4.1 

Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2012 

After two successful issues and the third forthcoming in March 2012, Craft Research is preparing to expand to two issues per year. From 2013 there will be two issues, one in January and one in September each year.

For more information:

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Reminder - Call for contributions to Networks 18 - deadline: 18 May

Deadline for contributions to Networks 18: 
Friday, 18 May 2012

Networks 18, to be published in July 2012, may be our final issue. We plan, therefore, to celebrate the creativity, skill and attention our colleagues devote to teaching and learning in art, design and media higher education.

With the radical restructuring of UK higher education funding, the ways that staff, students and institutions respond in their approaches to teaching and learning in creative subjects have never been more significant.

We invite you to share feature articles, case studies and project reports exploring the issues, and highlighting the practices, that you, as teaching and support staff in art, design and media subjects, consider to be important as this new period in higher education begins.

We welcome content written by both students and staff or collaboratively.
For more information

Final reminder - student award voting closes this Friday

Reflect:on Learning Experiences in Art, Design & Media, the Student Award 2012 

Voting closes on Friday, 11 May 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.  

EVENT - Deal or no Deal? Expectation and experiences of first-year students in Art & Design

Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, 183 Euston Road London
18 May 2012

This seminar seeks to explore issues arising from the report ‘Deal or no Deal? Expectation and experiences of first-year students in Art & Design’ commissioned by the Higher Education in Art and Design (HEAD) trust and the Art Design Media Subject Centre.

At a time when national policy provides a sharp focus on the student experience and students are faced with considerable rises in tuition fees, this Report is particularly timely. Based on more than 700 responses from first-year students, it highlights a number of challenges facing providers of programmes in Art & Design.

A final report of the evidence and recommendations will be prepared and published by the Higher Education Academy for use by the sector. Outcomes of the event will also be presented at the HEA annual conference.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Overlooking the Visual - write a review

We currently have Overlooking the Visual by Kathryn Moore available for review. If you work in UK-based art, design or media higher education and are interested in reviewing it, please get in touch: d.flint@brighton.ac.uk

Selected reviews are published in Networks. Reviewers can claim £50 worth of book tokens and can keep the review copy. For submission details see: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/projects/networks/submissions/resource-review-guidance

EVENT - Teaching media studies: Transitions from a-level to undergraduate courses

Loughborough University 
28 June 2012 

This workshop is organised in association with the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) and the Media Education Association and is a Higher Education Academy discipline workshop.
Media Studies is expanding both in higher education and in schools. The number of universities offering Media Studies and related courses tripled between 1996 and 2009, while student numbers at A-level grew four-fold. This presents new opportunities and challenges for those who are teaching the subject. Until recently, universities could safely assume that only a minority of students would have studied the subject previously. This is no longer the case: recent HEA research suggested that almost 50% of students on Media Studies courses had taken the subject at A-level. Particularly in the first year of an undergraduate course, some students will be encountering material with which they are already very familiar, while others will be engaging with it for the first time. Lecturers may be unfamiliar with the requirements of A-level, while A-level teachers may know little about the nature of university courses.

This event aims to generate a dialogue between those teaching Media Studies and related subjects at A-level and at undergraduate level. It will focus on continuities, overlaps and differences between these two areas, in terms of both curriculum and teaching/learning styles, and their implications for the student experience.

Speakers will include:
Pete Fraser – A-level chief examiner
Sarah Barrow – Lincoln University
Jenny Grahame – English and Media Centre
Keith Perera – Advanced Skills Teacher and PGCE tutor, Sussex
Freddie Attenborough and Liz Stokoe – Loughborough University
Kate O’Riordan – Sussex University

Courtesy of the Higher Education Academy, attendance, lunch and refreshments are free. Places are limited, and will be reserved on a first come, first served basis. To book, please e-mail Anne-Marie Joyce: A.Joyce@lboro.ac.uk