The government white paper and the Teaching Excellence Framework

A new Green Paper on HE has been published by the government which proposes a new measuring stick for the quality of teaching within HE – The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Reaction to the teaching excellence framework has been mixed. It is refreshing to see that high quality teaching in HE being recognised, not just…

Assignment 6 – Critical Evaluation of Professional Practice

This task required us to individually write a critically reflect review of the key themes emerging from our Professional Practice Group Presentations. Rather than recite what the group presented which is summarised in Profesional Practice Presentation Notes I wanted to expand on the idea of generic professionalism skills, a term used by Katz (2000) and the…

Assignment 6 – Presentation

Here is our Professional Practice Presentation, Part 1 of Assignment 6. Claire from Fashion Design, Jo from Marine & Natural History Photography and myself focused on transferable and soft skills, personal attributes, and behaviours that constitute being a professional in a cross section of creative disciplines. We tried to keep the presentation primarily visual, choosing…

Assignment 5 – Critical Evaluation of Inclusive Teaching

Assignment 5 encouraged us to critically evaluate our individual teaching practices within the context of inclusivity and accessibility. I identified anxiety and apprehension as an issue in workshops and technical learning environments. Any triggers of anxiety are often made worse by the inherent physical characteristic of workshops; e.g. unfamiliar equipment, large noisy machinery and tools, and…

Employability and the DLHE

These are some thoughts from notes from Assignment 4 that I think were worthy of their own reflective blog post… Employability has become the buzzword in Higher Education, for both students and HE institutions – and there is no escaping it. Paying up to £27,000 for a three-year undergraduate course, students are selecting degree programmes based…

Critiquing the Crit…

Today we presented our posters from Assignment 4 and had a group crit. For some of the cohort it was the first time they had experienced the process of a group crit, particularly those from non art and design backgrounds such as performance or writing. As a Craft graduate it is a practice I have…

Assignment 4 – Part 2 (Poster)

The task Part 2 of Assignment 4 encouraged us to carry a theme forward from our discussion forum and create a visual interpretation of said theme in the form of a poster. I decided to design a poster that publicised a hypothetical graduate workshop access scheme that I had proposed in Part 1.

Teaching Observation Three

Observing David was a really illuminating experience, his teaching context is entirely different – he is an associate lecturer of writing and journalism, I am a senior technician on Contemporary Crafts. His approach to teaching was really refreshing, he was very much the facilitator rather than the teacher. He design teaching and learning activities that…

An introduction to equality and diversity

Today we had a session with Anita Thomas, Head of Accessibility and Inclusive Learning. We learnt about The Equality Act 2010 and the nine protected characteristics as defined by the act. They are: Age Disability Sex Sexual orientation Gender reassignment Race Religion Marriage and civi partnership status Pregnancy and maternity We considered the difference between direct discrimination,…

Assignment 4 – Online discussion

This post summarise some of the discussions/feedback from the online forum for Assignment 4. My written post can be viewed in my previous post, Assignment 4 – Part 1. So far I haven’t discussed the cessation of Crafts too much within my assignments. However it only seemed appropriate within Assignment 4 as employability stats were cited…

Teaching Observation Two

Design and Planning Since delivering the same workshop last year I have introduce some new teaching and learning activities to the lesson plan. Once I demonstrated how to use a kiln programmer I get the group to work together to input all of the kiln schedule data. Not only does this encourage the students to…

Data Protection and H&S with Cheryl

Today we had a session with Cheryl learning about data protection and Health and Safety. Here are some (rather minimal) class notes on Data Protection.

Assignment 4 – Part 1

The task Assignment 4 encouraged us to critically engage with issues about employability within our own teaching practices. The first part of the task required us to submit a 750 word online forum discussion post exploring themes of employability within our own subject specialism. My contribution… Employability statistics were cited by Senior Management as a…