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1.3 Articulate a clear understanding of methodology and context in your creative practice.

Selected extracts – Reference – Class-chat regarding Unit 1 assessment

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 Cloudseeker and 2. there is a handbook and I have curated my blog, but what else is being asked Jonathan Kearney (jkearney) Cloudseeker  has just asked 2 questions that I guess you might want to ask as well.. 1. What exactly is Andy and yourself looking for? learning outcomes and assessment evidence are the key things to read Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you will be able to: Develop your Project Proposal to plan a challenging and self-directed programme of study. Demonstrate a critical engagement with practice-based research reflecting on the critical skills and framework presentations. Articulate a clear understanding of research methods and context in your creative practice. Evaluate and present your Project. Contribute actively to debate and discussion through Pathways and across the Course. Be aware of your own personal and professional development. May Promjiem (promjiem_tmp) So pretty much the blog, the research essay, the presentation of the research essay and some other work you’ve done towards final project? Jonathan Kearney (jkearney) May, yes that is a good summary of the assessment evidence that is on page 36 Your blog is where everything is held, so use that to show us all your evidence May Promjiem (promjiem_tmp) Jonathan, when we submit, do we do it in one whole blog entry with several links?  But in terms of project work – ie sketchbook images, scans etc. do we incorporate that directly into the blog entry or as external links or it doesn’t matter? Jonathan Kearney (jkearney) Your blogs need to be ready by  9 am next Monday 7 December There are several ways you could do it but… May Promjiem (promjiem_tmp) Likewise with the research essay – mine is 19pages long so can I reference that via email as opposed to putting up the entire thing in a new blog entry? Jonathan Kearney (jkearney) a good idea is to think in your mind, how would someone who has never seen my work before access the information… So maybe a single blog entry that ‘curates’ your blog, i.e. gives links to key posts that you think best shows the journey you have been on May, you could upload the file to your blog and just provide a link to it in the curate summary post You could also go through each of the learning outcomes and assessment evidence points and provide links to give us evidence that you meeting each of them, these could also be links to previous posts But what I wanted to emphasis today is the we want to see lots of evidence of practical work, even jut images of experiments that have not worked are important, as we keep saying it is often from the things that don’t work that we learn the most. Jenni Granholm (jenni) May check the archive of 6th of Oct (if you were not present &you can check how other have done it (the ones who have graduated) Jonathan Kearney (jkearney) There are several slide show options including my favourite option, which is to upload your pics to flickr (I have this theory that flickr host photos, that is all they do so why should we host them on our sites and fill up the space, just use flickr, same with video, use youtube or video) anyway, once pics on in flickr you can them get a feed from your photos and create a slideshow in wordpress and if you make any changes to the flickr pics, like new tags or extra pics in automatically updates Wow, didn’t mean to type that much! 🙂 Susan I realize it was an experiment, the work and the use of the slide show but maybe you could comment more on how you think the experiment went, at the moment you simply describe the work which is fine but we also need to see a little more comment about how you felt making it, did you feel it was successful, if so why, what worked well, what would you develop further; and if it didn’t work well how did you feel about that, what would you change, what did you change, etc etc…. for all of you this is the sort of deep reflection on your own practical work we are looking for Does this make sense? we don’t want an essay on each post, we don’t have time to read it all, but even brief comments can be deep reflections Anna-Leiza Barthorpe (abarthorpe_tmp) HOw much practical work should we show at this point? Jonathan Kearney (jkearney) Leiza, difficult to say exactly, but think like this… you are about 2 thirds of the way through in terms of time and although a major part of the beginning of unit 1 is research and development of your project, you should probably be more than half way through your practical development… this doesn’t give you an exact amount answer but you need to show us that your project is developing well and you have met the first learning outcome… Develop your Project Proposal to plan a challenging and self-directed programme of study. May Promjiem (promjiem_tmp) so would testing pieces be ok to submit? Jonathan Kearney (jkearney) Your programme of self-directed study might mean that a lot of your practical work is very intensively created during the second unit that is fine as it is your own self-directed programme but you need to give us evidence that this is your plan and that you have done what you said you would do so far May, absolutely!! we would not be expecting completed final work at this stage experiments, tests, failures, success anything like that May Promjiem (promjiem_tmp) so scribbles of notes written down would be ok? Anna-Leiza Barthorpe (abarthorpe_tmp) And scrappy sketches? May Promjiem (promjiem_tmp) lol.. Sorry that sounds stupid but I scribble lots of thoughts Hassen Husain (hassen) We all do it and damn proud of it! Jonathan Kearney (jkearney) yes, the easy thing to do is upload photos of sketches and then comment on them on your blog, think about what you are doing, whay you are doing it and who your are when you are doing it! Deep reflection on the wiki is the outline of a reflective blog research project I did, half way down the page under the title ‘1st method – written entry’ are a series of questions you could ask yourself when reflecting on your blog, you might find them usefulhttp://madigitalarts.wikispaces.com/reflective+blog+research So has anyone else got some examples of the practical work they will be submitting on your blog? +++++++++++scan + add practical wrk++++++++++++++++++++++++ thanks Jenni, a couple of things for everyone to be aware of… 1. Don’t worry about putting to many pictures on your blog, the more to show, even just sketches and rough ideas, the easier it is for you and us to se what is going in your creative process… Jonathan Kearney (jkearney) 2. Actually putting this practical work on your blog will force you to evaluate it, you will have to make choices about what you put there and then that raises the question for yourself, why did I choose those pictures, this then encourages a deep reflection, and the deep reflection is where the learning really happens If you do put 100s of pictures up, then of course you need to organize them, group them, etc. But this where flickr or similar tools could be really useful… If you use tags on the images you can take feeds of only certain tags, so the web2.0 tools can do some of your work for you! Jenni, thanks for posting those images, I am keen that this session is not a group discussion about the specific work more a chance to think about what everyone if presenting and how Therefore…anyone else wants to give a link to a specific post of his or her practical work? Kevin, again rather then get into creative dialogue about the specific pieces, my suggestion for the assessment is to make the importance of the interview very clear, and in particular why it has become ‘very important for me’ as you say I think you have written about this else where already but again it is the curating of your blog and the content that is important… Hassen Husain (hassen) they’re dream poetry: http://thesacredchamber.wordpress.com/the-metaphysics-journal-on-the-art-and-agency-of-dreaming/ Jonathan Kearney (jkearney) that is a long poem, I can’t read it all now, but the same issue Hassen, you also need to give us evidence in the form a blog post that you are reflected on work like this and thought critically about it, it might be a good idea to write a separate post asking yourself some of the relfection questions I mentioned earlier and link that post to this one and do the same for other posts as well Hassen Husain (hassen) Sounds good – I’ve given myself a note and will follow up with a couple of blog entries to talk about the reflection question. Jonathan Kearney (jkearney) As you look back over the period of time this poem and dreams cover. Ask yourself how do you feel about it now? What impact has it had on you and what you do,? Has it changed the way you write etc etc For everyone there are 2 reasons for doing this sort of deep reflection… This will help you enormously in understanding yourself and how you work and pushing you project forward It really helps us to follow what you are doing as well, so think strategically, what do we need to know and in what form and then provide it in an easily accessible form… A bit like writing an essay and highlighting the key points in bright yellow which answer the specific questions being asked, you make it really easy for the person reading it to see that you have met the objectives Make sure you include your tests and experiments with sound for the assessment, that sort of thing is really helpful Ok, Hassen, lots of visual evidence on your bloga and reflective comments Ok is everyone a bit clearer about presenting your practical work for next week Jonathan Kearney (jkearney) Think of it this way, Andy and I are both artists, we like looking at pictures 😉