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Friday, 18 May 2012

Winner and runner up of Student Award 2012 announced!

We are very pleased to announce that the winner of this year's Student Award, Reflect:on Learning Experiences in Art, Design & Media, is Lydia Hardwick from the Royal College of Art.  She wins the first prize of £300. Congratulations Lydia!

The runner up is Bradley Bailey from Bath Spa University and he will receive the runner up prize of £100, well done Bradley!

We would like to thank all the students who took part in the competition this year; the work is of a very high standard. Submissions were not formally assessed; the winner and runner up were selected via an online voting system and we are very pleased that 843 voters took part to register their preferences.

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.

Lydia and Bradley's entries and statements are reproduced below. You can see all the entries in the online gallery.

The Epiphany Head

The Royal College of Art sets your brain on positive overload. I sometimes feel my head will swell and burst. You are constantly fuelled by information and innovation provided through lectures, visiting speakers, critiques, conversation with your peers, exhibitions, technical workshops… 
My piece is a visual summarisation of my reaction to this information-dense environment. The material qualities are loose and roughly produced, demonstrating the fast flux of information, settling into little colourful simultaneous epiphanies around my head. I purposeful chose the figure to be straight and wearing grey, to show how my body can sometimes feel flat and static in comparison to the activity running though my head.
Lydia Hardwick
Royal College of Art

Work placement

This is a hand-drawn Animation I created about the work placement I did in March 2010. It’s all about the experience of my first day on the job. I worked for a week with a freelance Health Journalist. I  wanted to learn how she successfully set up her business and works freelance.
This was a valuable work experience for me, I gained business knowledge and advice for ways in which I can setup and start my own career as a freelance animator. She’s also a contact I’ll always have and will hopefully be able to work with again in the near future. Work experience has been a big part of my learning in higher education.

Bradley Bailey
Creative Media Practice
Bath Spa University

FROM THE ARCHIVE - Perception / Interpretation / Impact

Perception / Interpretation / Impact Bernadette Blair, Kingston University

Bernadette Blair examines the design studio critique and the learning value of formative feedback. The focus of her doctorate thesis was the formative verbal feedback design students receive in studio crits and the learning achieved through these experiences. The full findings of this study are published in Dr Blair’s EdD thesis but this article is a prĂ©cis some of the findings.

Published in May 2007: Networks, Issue 1, pp. 10 - 13.

To access the article


EVENT -  'Curriculum Reform at the University of Hong Kong - Assessing Employability Skills'
Pedagogy Research Centre Seminar
Oxford Brookes University
29 May 2012

Curriculum reform involves changes in educational system, program structures and objectives, leading to changes in approaches to teaching and students’ learning outcomes. These changes often focus on areas such as higher order thinking skills, standards and employability skills which have been lobbied by employer demands to introduce skills development strategy in higher education. Often these changes need corresponding changes in assessment as assessment drives learning. Hong Kong is currently going through such changes and in this seminar/workshop, some of these changes will be introduced and also how assessment is transforming in Hong Kong higher education.

NB, this seminar is also taking place at Aston University on 31 May. To find out more contact: Zara Kendrick at z.v.h.kendrick1@aston.ac.uk
EVENT Touching Hearts and Minds: Tackling Disparities in Student Attainment
Coventry University Techno Park
18 June 2012

The Disparities in Student Attainment (DiSA) programme has produced a wealth of findings about how disparities in student attainment can arise; the most evident of these revolving around the quality of relationships that students have with their lecturers. This Conference presents this finding in depth, exploring all aspects of student and lecturer relationships, the impact this has on attainment and thus the attainment gap.  The day will also provide the opportunity to explore theoretical issues relating to the framing of the issue and post-race approaches.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Drawing on All Resources - we had a great day!

We had a great time yesterday at Drawing on All Resources: developing open educational practice in art, design and media at Grand Parade, University of Brighton. The verbal feedback during the day was very positive and we hope that everyone who came along found it useful and enjoyable. 

We shall be putting the presentations, films of the presentations and reports from the event online in Networks 18. 

In the meantime, have a look at some of the comments made on Twitter #droar.

If you were there and took any photographs we would love to see them.

Thanks to all the presenters on the day: Tina Barnes Powell, John Casey, Polly Christie, Jane Devine Mejia, Alex Di Savoia,  Chris Follows,  Paul Gerhardt, Paul Grivell, Clare Harris, Stuart Laing, David Mathew, Malcolm McInnes, Paul Postle, Adam Procter, Christoph Raatz, Tony Reeves, Lucy Renton, Tim Seal, CJ Taylor and Helen Waddington; the support staff at Brighton, in particular Joe Mansfield and Chris Williams, Debbie King and her team and of course to everyone who attended.

Monday, 14 May 2012

CALL - Call for Papers Social Media, Digital Network and Globalization

2012 China New Media Communication Association Annual Conference
Macao International Conference, Macao SAR, China
6 - 8 December 2012

Deadline for abstract submissions: 15 July 2012

This conference is co-organized by the Department of Communication, University of Macao and China New Media Communication Association (CNMCA). CNMCA is the only national academic organization in China specialized in computer-mediated communication studies. Starting in 2004, its annual conference was held in various cities in Greater China including Beijing, Nanjing, Wuhan, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. It has become the top academic convention in China on new media communication studies.

The Organizing Committee of the conference is now calling for papers from both Chinese and international scholars, media professionals and graduate students. The conference offers Best Student Paper Awards to papers contributed by graduate students of CNMCA members. The winners of the Best Student Paper Awards will receive travel subsidies to come to Macao for the conference.

The central theme of the conference:  Social Media, Digital Network and Globalization. Related issues include, but are not limited to:
  • Development of new media and social media
  • New media and cultural and creative industries
  • New media and civil society
  • New media, culture and globalization (including intercultural communication)
  • Advertising and brand communication in relation to new media
  • New media and transformation of traditional media
  • Other related topics
The conference will be held in parallel sessions of Chinese and English.  It will establish special forums and a round table discussion in English and Chinese to encourage a cross-cultural dialogue and debate for scholars at home and abroad.