Assignment 9 – Reflective Review

Well, what else is there to say… Assignment 9, the reflective review. Assignment 9 – Reflective Review Assignment 9 Notes Looking back on my UKPSF – Initial Profile Form and Statement I am quite proud of how much I have learnt, and how my teaching practice has developed and continues to develop. I have a much better…

PETER DORMER

I have cited the writings of Peter Dormer in many of my assignments, so I though he deserved a blog post of his own. He has written extensively on Craft; I remember studying his books as a Craft student. in his book, The Art of the Maker: Skill and its Meaning in Art, Craft and…

EDU130 Summer School Day 3

Voice Projection Workshop Class Notes A really useful workshop with Cheryl about voice projection. Anyone who knows me will tell you I can be a bit if a mumbler at the best of times. And as I identified at the very start of the PGCHE I can struggle with confidence in front of large groups….

EDU130 Summer School Day 2

This morning we visited Falmouth School and were given a talk and tour by Dr Fox, Head of Falmouth Sixth Form. He discussed the how the sixth form at Falmouth School prepare students for the transition to HE. Of particular interest was the Extended Project Qualification or EPQ, which is a self motivated and self…

EDU130 Summer School Day 1

  We visited Falmouth Art Gallery and were taught some basic print making techniques by Tony. Tony discussed teaching in a public space, a multi-use flexible space – and associated challenges, such as containing a mess, lack of natural light etc.  I can sympathise with this, although for different reasons. I teach in workshops and…

Assignment 7 – Critical Evaluation of Teaching Practice

This assignment encourage us to critically evaluate the peer observation of teaching (POT) exercise. Using the feedback received from colleagues and our own critical reflections we were tasked with identifying our strengths, weakness and opportunities to develop our teaching practice. It also gave me the opportunity to reflect on the experience of partaking in POT…

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…

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…

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…

The HEA Fellowship Scheme and the UKPSF, Dr Tony Rae

Dr Tony Rae visited to discuss the Higher Education Academy (HEA) fellowship scheme and the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). The PGCHE at Falmouth has been accredited/validated to descriptor two of the UKPSF, which means that upon successful completion of the course I will become a fellow of the HEA. Tony discussed the benefits of HEA…

Assignment 2 – Critical Evaluation of Assessment and Feedback

The Task The second assignment was a 1500 word critical reflection on the role of assessment and feedback within my current teaching practice. With the help of an assessment cycle grid I analysed and evaluated an assessed teaching and learning activity within the context of the course syllabus, engaging with pedagogic literature, QAA guidelines, course documents…