CROSSING BORDERS: Exploring Teaching and E-Learning methods in International student-staff collaboration
2nd July 2013
1-day workshop at Leeds College of Art
Binary Identities - Rosie Curtis and Steph Bryant, a 3rd year BA (hons)
Art & Design Interdisicplinary project for GIDE Ljubjlana 2013
How can art & design students engage online with international peers? What happens when international learning and collaboration is facilitated virtually? What is gained or lost when students and staff cross international, disciplinary and virtual borders?
This 1-day workshop aimed to share existing projects and new approaches as a means to inspire future international and cross-disciplinary teaching and e-learning collaboration in Higher Education. The day involved presentations, demonstration and activities allowing presenters and delegates to share their knowledge and experience on these issues. The event was designed to inform Group for International Design Education (GIDE)’s strategy review hosted at LCA in October 2013, enabling the development of international curriculum, new exchanges and partnerships.
Keywords: e-learning and pedagogic methods, online collaboration, exchange, international, intercultural, cross-disciplinary, hospitality, negotiation, virtual worlds and technologies.
Travel bursaries for participants were available through CREST Researcher Mobility Scheme
July 2nd 2013 - Workshop schedule:Morning:
- Dr. Dan Robinson and David Braham (LCA): Welcome – Introduction and aims
- Andy Milligan & Dr Sandra Wilson (DJCAD University of Dundee): 'Border Crossings' a project exploring cultural identity with international partners using a Ning platform (online social network) with contributions online by Jasna Kralj Pavlovec (Ljubljana) & Lesli Robertson and James Thurman (Texas)
- Janine Sykes (LCA): Collaborative Online Creativity with L'Aquila and New York (podcast with online discussion)
- Tea break and Plenary 1: feedback and future aims
- Mark Riches (CEO and co-founder of Makewaves): Multi award winning education technology and media platforms for schools and young people
- Annabeth Robinson (LCA): Exploring screen-based virtual worlds for teaching and learning: second life, wiki-architecture and virtual 3D collaboration (Studio Theatre)
- Tea break and Plenary 2: feedback, future aims and summary
Group for International Design Education (GIDE) is an international consortium of higher education design schools, which work together in order to enrich the experience of undergraduate art and design students on 3D, architecture and interior design, industrial and interaction design, fashion, visual communication and interdisciplinary programmes. Founded in 2OO3, the group consists of seven main partner colleges in Scotland, Slovenia, England, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. GIDE facilitates the exchange of ideas and cultural experiences across the European Union and beyond (in 2012: US, Canada and China) through innovative transnational design projects with student and staff ERASMUS exchanges.
Border Crossings is an international collaborative project involving design and craft specialisms in jewellery and metal design, textile design and interior and environmental design. Students from DJCAD are working closely with colleagues and students from the University of North Texas, USA and the Academy of Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia, to foster greater international awareness of identity and culture. The intellectual context for this undergraduate project is provided by IMprints, a research project at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design on public responses to Future Identity Manage.
Dr. Dan Robinson is an artist and lecturer working with images, texts, objects and events – often in collaboration and with specific settings, architectures and organisations. He is lecturer in BA Fine Art and BA Art & Design (Interdisciplinary) at Leeds College of Art, where he leads the Fine Art Media strand and the Crossing Borders research cluster. He is also on the steering group of Group for International Design Education (GIDE). In 2011, Dan organised 'Processing - imprecise with precise tools' (Leeds Digital Festival, 2011) an international student-staff workshop exploring digital-analogue drawing on material surfaces which he wrote up for ADM-HEA Networks (2012) and Critical Commentaries - Research-led teaching (2012). As an artist, Dan is co-founder of Mud Office (with Charlie Jeffery) and Thinking Space for the North (with Bryan Davies and Grizedale Arts). He has exhibited internationally (in 2011 at Palais de Tokyo, Paris and La Station, Nice). In 2009, he received a doctorate from the University of Leeds (AHRC scholarship) for his practice PhD on site-specific art practice as dialogue.
Andy Milligan is an interior researcher and design educator. He is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Interior Environmental Design at DJCAD Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and on the steering group of Group for International Design Education (GIDE). He is a research co-investigator in the ‘SPARKS: Social Parks Urban Green-Space as a Focus for Connecting Communities’, with Abertay University, Universities of Sheffield, Aberdeen and the West of England. He is also a research co-investigator in the ‘FLEX: Flexible Dwelling for Extended Living’ exploring adaptable living for future generations of the elderly in existing housing stock with Northern Architecture and University of Northumbria. Both are AHRC projects linked to Connected Communities, Culture and Design themes. Andy is also a member of Artworks TRiGGER research team in the ‘Developing Practice in Participatory Settings’ linked to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, AHRC and Creativity Culture & Education. Andy leads the Border Crossings international project alongside colleagues from Design & Craft.
Dr. Sandra Wilson is a contemporary jewellery designer/maker, researcher and educator at DJCAD Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. She is Co-Investigator on IMprints: Public responses to Future Identity Management practices and technologies research project that provides the intellectual context for a level 2 international module Border Crossings. Her own work is inspired by living systems and is highly collaborative working with different disciplines for example life scientists, anthropologists, and psychologists. Central to her jewellery is the potential for the wearer to personalise pieces through their interaction with them. This innovative approach has won awards from the Scottish Arts Council, the Audi Foundation for Innovation, and the British European Designers Group.
Jasna Kralj Pavlovec has a Master of Science in the field of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design, is a researcher of architecture and tourism and a design educator. She is Senior Lecturer, the Head of Interior Design and Architecture Department and President of academic assembly at the Academy of Design Ljubljana, associated member of University of Primorska, she is also a Member of Social Association “One Step more” and is on the steering group of Border Crossing. She is a research co-investigator in the tourism and architecture field and their correlation, at the University of Primorska, Faculty of Tourism Studies. As an architect she has been working in various fields of space design – urban planning, housing, interior design of residential buildings, furniture design, scenography and design of exhibition spaces. She has also been active as a researcher within her field, publishing several expert and scientific articles. Since 1991 her primary vocation has been passing her knowledge to younger generations as a professor at different educational institutions.
Lesli Robertson is Senior Lecturer of Fibers at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. In addition to her teaching, she actively exhibits her artwork nationally while developing community programs and collaborative projects internationally. Robertson has received grants from the Dallas Museum of Art, the Surface Design Association, the Textile Society of America, among others in support of her artwork and research. She was the inaugural Visiting Artist at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Center for Creative Connections, where her Community Partner Response artwork was exhibited in 2010. In 2010-2011, she was a Faculty Fellow with the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts; supporting the development of community projects in Uganda and the curating of Material Evolution: Ugandan BarkCloth, with international artists and designers. She continues to work on interdisciplinary projects through UNT, including a Renewable Bioproducts research cluster, and sustainable design projects with the UNT Office of Sustainability that include recycling and natural dyes. She intitiated working with the Border Crossings project to link her students to textile students in Scotland. Most recently, she launched a collaborative project and artwork called The Mother Load, to engage global artists on the topic of motherhood and art.
James Thurman is Assistant Professor, University of North Texas’ College of Visual Arts & Design, where he coordinates the 3D Core program as well as teaches in the Metals and Jewellery area. He received his MFA in Metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and his BFA in Sculpture from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2010, he completed a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and is now currently serving as Editor of Technical Articles for the organization. In 2012, he was a Fulbright Specialist Scholar, working with Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey, on curricular development.
Janine Sykes is Year Tutor, BA Creative Advertising at LCA. Her research interests are in art and design education; both historical and contemporary practices of studio pedagogy. Recent activity includes a paper on Online Collaborative Creativity (OCC) for a special e-learning Issue of Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education (ADCHE) (for 2013 publication) and two papers on studio pedagogy for Creativity and Democracy (2012) International Journal of Art and Design Education (ijADE) conference, Liverpool. Janine presented a research poster on 'Flow Online' at the 2012 Crowd and Cloud conference, at University of the Arts, London. In 2011 she received a MEd in e-learning, from Hull University. Earlier work includes Lead Researcher for MoLeNET (Mobile Learning Network) presenting at MoLeNET (2009) in London. In 2008 A History of Design and Pedagogy at Burslem School of Art was published in Design Pedagogy Research following the first Design Pedagogy conference held at LCA. In 2002 she collaborated with Wolverhampton University on a JISC project called eDesign Studio. Future interests move towards curating, starting with; Behind the Glass Mosaic 1913 – 2013, an exhibition crossing Leeds College of Art and Leeds City Art Gallery exploring how creative practice informs learning design.
Mark Riches is CEO and co-founder of Makewaves (originally Radiowaves) and NUMU – multi award winning platforms that give young people a voice and put them in charge of their media. Makewaves has grown into a global community of schools managed by a growing team of staff in Leeds, London and Scotland and accredited trainers across the UK. The Makewaves team includes teachers, broadcasters, journalists, developers, designers, project managers and trainers who all have one thing in common: a passion for helping young people share their story. Mark is constantly looking for ways to simplify technology so that young people and teachers can focus on creating fantastic work. Recent projects include launching the MakeWaves media publishing App and working with organisations like WWF and the BRITS to develop positive opportunities online for young people. In 2012, Radiowaves won ‘ICT Company of the Year’ at BETT, the world’s largest technology in education show and were described in The Guardian as “At the forefront of education social networks”. Radiowaves collaborative projects with DigitalMe have also been shortlisted for BETT awards. @MakewavesTweets @markriches
Annabeth Robinson is an Electronic Artist and Filmmaker, predominently using screen based virtual worlds since 2005, to explore multi-user interactive artworks and machinima. She has been a lecturer at Leeds College of Art since 2002, teaching across HE Courses in Photography, Video Production, Visual Communication and Multi-Media. She is presently Year Tutor for BA(Hons) Digital Film, Games and Animation, where she specialises in the Moving Image, Interactive Design and Video Game aspects of the course. In the virtual world - Second Life - she is known as AngryBeth Shortbread. Her Work has been shown internationally. She has also been commissioned in the past by Long Now Foundation/BlueAir.tv to recreate Brian Eno's 77 Million paintings in SL, and was involved in creating content and art for Duran Duran's Second Life project - The DDU - (Azizi,Sanhedralite,Tlon,Khanda). Her current research interests are Motion Capture & Tracking, Augmented Reality, Serious Games with Unity, and Visual Effects