This case study looks at one way in which guest lectures are being preserved by Steve Braund, course coordinator for MA Illustration: Authorial Practice. By using tools available to all members of staff, Steve, working with the Educational Technology team, is able to offer students 24-hour access to valuable course materials from experts in the world of illustration.
The Absurd Event: Approaches to Absurdity in Illustration, 2012
Bringing Experts Together
Steve and his colleagues have organised the MA Illustration: Authorial Practice annual Illustration Forum since 2003. The event brings together world-renowned illustrators & publishers that speak to an Authorial Illustration Practice. Famous names from past events include, Lorenzo Mattotti, Audrey Niffenegger and Sara Fanelli.
Unlike a conference, the Forum’s speakers are hand selected, which allows the team to create an interesting mix of voices and opinions around each year’s particular theme. This has unintentionally led to picking up on many very early career practitioners who have gone on to become stars of the illustration discipline including; Laura Carlin and Anna Bhushan – the forum archive offering retrospectively, rare, and fascinating insights into an artist’s early practice.
2009 Forum: Under the Covers: a one-day forum
exploring convergences in illustration, literature and design.
Left to right: Prof. John Vernon Lord, Sara Fanelli, Dr. Leo de Frietas,Viviane
Schwarz, Steve Braund and Audrey Niffenegger.
The Challenge & Solution
Initially each forum event was captured by audio only, with video being adopted later on. Over the years these have been hosted on various technologies e.g. Echo360 and Falmouth OnAir – but as technologies change, content was at risk of being lost. There was also an important extra requirement that content should be restricted to Falmouth students only and not accessible by the general public.
To solve this, the Educational Technology team worked with Steve to create a Forum archive on the Learning Space. It was advised that all video files should be retrieved, backed up and uploaded to a password protected Vimeo account. Then, the Learning Space Forum activity was used to organise the videos and audio into a catalogue of content on the MA Illustration course page. This allows the students to search and find videos by year, presenter and theme.
The university has so many renowned guest speakers that it makes sense to build archives of these, as they make such a rich resource for future students and staff and, as with our Illustration Forum, they eventually take on historical significance too. Much thanks to the Educational Technology team.
– Steve Braund
The solution is scalable as the technology is secure and new videos can easily be added at any time by a member of staff. It could also be used to build repositories of example dissertations, internship opportunities and other collections of useful resources. Steve is now looking even further to the future by live-streaming the most recent Forum so that the Falmouth Flexible MA Illustration students can also participate.
For help with creating an archive of valuable course content, please get in touch with the Educational Technology team using firstname.lastname@example.org
This case study exhibits an innovate flipped classroom approach used by Lucy Cokes, Senior Lecturer for BA(Hons) Creative Advertising as part of a final year module. A flipped classroom reverses the traditional teaching structure by asking students to learn material outside of the classroom in exchange for more meaningful face-to-face activities. Through careful planning and maximising the potential of features available in Learning Space, students found the new approach to be an engaging way to learn.
Flipping the Class
Lucy’s flipped approach focused on teaching students the laws and regulations that marketing campaigns must adhere to. Traditionally this was delivered via a 2-hour lecture with no time to put the knowledge into practice inside the classroom. By swapping the lecture with an online series of short video lectures, students could instead use the 2-hour class time to apply the knowledge using interesting small group activities.
Is the traditional lecture on the way out? | © Arabelle Zhuang/Mayn Creative
An Innovative Strategy for Teaching and Learning
To help the students adapt, Lucy was clear in outlining her expectations of the students on the Learning Space. With the learning resources hosted online, students could access them anywhere at any time. Students could pause, speed-up or slow-down video lectures to meet their individual learning needs and then test their knowledge using a multiple-choice quiz activity and immediately receive feedback.
“The use of audio as opposed to reading is particularly helpful for students with dyslexia, of which we have a significant number in our cohort. I was touched when some of my students made a point of thanking me for producing these online resources as they found it really helpful compared to attending lectures.”
– Lucy Cokes
You may be wondering how can staff be sure that students are participating with the online resources… The activity completion setting is a handy tool built into Learning Space which can be used to track student progress. Checkboxes appear next to each activity which can either be ticked off by students, or automatically triggered when certain conditions are met, such as by completing a quiz. Staff can then view an activity report which provides an overview of where each student is at.
A challenge when using a flipped approach is ensuring that not only students are on board but also that staff are fully invested too. To sell the benefits of the approach, Lucy piloted a flipped session with the course team as part of her PGCHE with Falmouth Flexible, to great success. One colleague noted that ‘all students could benefit from a flipped class structure’.
A flipped classroom accommodates multiple learning styles. | © Ignas Vincerzevkis
Lucy has already applied what she has learnt from her first flipped classroom to a first-year module. Although by her own admission, it can take some time to initially create the online resources – the benefits to the students however, is invaluable. From a pedagogical perspective, the approach is forward thinking, as higher education continues to adopt blended learning.
Thinking about incorporating a flipped classroom within your own module? Get in touch with the Educational Technology team using email@example.com. We can help support you find the right technologies and provide top tips for incorporating them within a flipped classroom.
With the academic year now underway, students are logging into Learning Space, checking their modules, accessing sign-ups and downloading lecture notes and handouts. By now your modules should be compliant against our audit criteria but if you’re having difficulties please get in touch using our contact information below.
As logins have increased, as have the number of questions that the team have been receiving. Please find some of their questions below:
Q) I can log in but I can’t see my modules.
A) Students will be able to log in once they have completed enrolment. If they can’t see any of their modules then you will need to contact student records to ensure that they have been assigned to their modules. Once this has been completed it will take a few hours to update in Learning Space.
Q) I can’t access MyTimetable, MyFalmouth, or my email.
A) These aren’t systems that the Educational Team directly supports but a great place to direct students to is the portal. Here they can find all of the information they will need for the duration of their time here at Falmouth.
Q) How can I access another school’s resource page?
A) We recently contacted school admins to remind course coordinators to link to the resource pages of other schools that students frequently use. For example, for a student in Fine Art to access the Institute of Photography’s resource page, the Fine Art course coordinator will need to add a link to it from the Fine Art course page. All of the links can be found in our technical resource guide.
Please be sure to point your students to our Learning Space guides or access them by clicking the question mark in the top right of the page.
We have also been receiving lots of requests from staff needing to be added to modules in Learning Space. Don’t forget, as a member of staff you can add another staff member to any page you have access to or you can ask your course coordinator or school admin.
If you need any support with Learning Space, the Educational Technology team is on hand to answer any questions and hold 1 to 1 sessions, please simply email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Home Stretch
Whilst we have all been distracted by football coming home, heat waves and barbecues, August has crept up on us and we are just less than a month away before the new Learning Space will go live. Don’t forget, the ET team will be running a second audit in the middle of the month so you still have a week or so to make any changes before they’re reviewed.
Support For Updating Your Modules
Whilst we appreciate that many of our colleagues are on leave at this time of year, rest assured members of the ET team will be around throughout August to answer questions, visit your team and provide prompt feedback on modules for you – all you need to do is ask! The best way to contact the team is email@example.com. For anyone returning later in the month or early September, we will also be running the support sessions below:
- Tue 28th, 9:00 – 17:00 – Penryn – TH Seminar W
- Wed 29th, 9:00 – 17:00 – Penryn – TH Seminar W
- Thurs 30th, 9:00 – 17:00 – Falmouth – Seminar F (Treetops)
- Tue 4th, 9:00 – 17:00 – Penryn – Exchange Blue
- Wed 5th, 9:00 – 17:00 – Falmouth – Seminar F (Treetops)
- Thurs 6th, 9:00 – 17:00 – Penryn – Exchange Blue
The Learning Space upgrade has provided us with a great opportunity to review and redevelop the support documentation that staff can use to get to grips with different elements of Learning Space. Learning Space comes with everything needed to help support students with their studies while at Falmouth and we would highly recommend exploring some of the activities below to help enhance teaching.
|| What is it?
|| A peer assessment tool built into Learning Space that allows students to upload work and have other students review it.
|| A collection of data about a specific topic that both students and staff can contribute to. For example records of information about famous artists, links to favourite animated films and more.
|| Similar to Wikipedia, a blank collection of pages that both students and staff can contribute to. The tool could be used to create a collection of tutorials or as a development blog.
In our last post we gave you a sneak peak of what the new Learning Space will look like. The eagle-eyed amongst us may have noticed the ‘collapse all’ button which confirms that sections in the new Learning Space can be collapsed and expanded. This will provide a simpler navigation for users accessing the Learning Space on their mobile phone and is helpful for modules and resource pages which contain a lot of information!
Have You Booked Your Place?
Later this week we will begin granting staff access to the new Learning Space! To use the new Learning Space you must first attend one of our introductory sessions running throughout May/June. All courses now have their own time slot booked with the ET team so please speak to your course coordinator if you are unsure when yours is due to take place.
Don’t forget, from September 3rd access to the current Learning Space will be disabled and you must move all of your module content to the new site before then! Our Learning Space sessions are designed to make this transition as smooth as possible and it is therefore vital that you attend.
As outlined in our last post, we will also be running support sessions throughout June for anyone who requires extra support. At the end of each session we will be providing everyone with Learning Space cheat sheets to help get you started.
Improving User Experience
We have worked hard recently on improving the user experience for staff and students within the new Learning Space. This has involved ensuring its design is in-line with University branding as well as carrying out user testing.
The new Learning Space removes some of the technical limitations of the old system as well as offering a range of new features. For example we are exploring the new ability to help students navigate the site through the use of user tours – a method of efficiently drawing students attention to key information on first sign in.
If you have any questions regarding this project then please contact ETSupport@falmouth.ac.uk