Blogs: Maxim Northover shares his insights

Filmmaker Maxim Northover is in his final year of MA Character Animation at Central Saint Martins and since embarking on the course has built up a strong blog. He is taught by Course Director Birgitta Hosea, whose own blog Expanded Animation featured in an earlier post on Digital Present. Here, we question Maxim on his approach to running his blog and how it benefits his creative and critical practice.

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The Learning Zone at King’s Cross

LZ@KX

The Learning Zone at King’s Cross is a new intervention at Central Saint Martins. Since September 2012, 2 new learning zones (social learning spaces open to any UAL student) have been in operation, replacing the former facility at High Holborn. One is located in the library at Elephant and Castle, and the other is here on the fourth floor of the Granary Building. With space a premium and seven-day-a-week access, both aim to provide students with flexible, accessible and comfortable workspaces. David Bracegirdle is LZ@KX manager and spoke to us about his receptive, student-focused approach to the space, the range of technologies on offer and the importance of integrating digital and traditional resources.

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Expanded Animation: Birgitta Hosea’s blog

Birgitta Hosea is Course Director of MA Character Animation at CSM and Research Leader for the Centre for Performance. Birgitta edits an eclectic and engaging blog – Expanded Animation – that serves as a platform for ideas and reflection, and showcases students’ work as well as her own. She spoke to us about the motivation behind her blog, and how it now serves as a marketing and networking tool.

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Developing OTTeR: video tutorials and workshop support

OTTeR – Teaching and Technical Resources – is a portal designed to support students at CSM by providing information about workshop staff, facilities, accessibility and crucially, video tutorials. Developed by Ray Barker, Muz Mehmet and Angus Main, it features a range of videos that reinforce workshop inductions, and equipment and technique demonstrations, but hopes are to make it comprehensive, covering as many disciplines as possible. CSM’s technical specialist, Ray Barker, spoke to us about OTTeR’s development so far, its crossover with Lynda.com, and the way digital tools like these support student learning.

OTTeR

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ALTO: sharing CSM’s academic resources with UAL and beyond

Hywel Davies leads CSM’s BA Fashion Communication with Promotion (FCP). In 2010, he was invited by CLTAD to help develop and co-ordinate the project ALTO (Arts Learning and Teaching Online) as a representative from CSM.

ALTO exists now as a platform and online file store for Open Education Resources (OERs), and for two years the project received funding from Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Through ALTO the University has been exploring the potential of OERs within arts and design education.

Here, Hywel describes how ALTO works, a student collaboration related to the project, and he explains how ALTO benefits both students and staff. Continue reading

BA Textile Design: using digital technologies to reflect on analogue practices

BA Textile Design 'Printerest' board

Anne Marr is course leader for BA Textile Design at CSM. Traditionally a hands-on and three-dimensional practice, we asked Anne how the programme interacts with digital technologies and found a symbiotic relationship. From a research project encouraging students to think about trends in social media, to using e-portfolios in the recruitment process and mounting an analogue Pinterest – or Printerest – board in the print studio – it’s all about finding the right combination. Continue reading

Interactive digital channels

CSM website's home page

Colin Buttimer is Central Saint Martins’ web manager. It is a role that has morphed and expanded exponentially in his four and a half year tenure. We spoke to Colin about the ways in which he responds to new digital technologies and his vision for increased interactivity between the College and its students.

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BA Jewellery Design: Facebook as an effective tool for networking, course promotion and interaction

Jewellers Compendium on Facebook

Sian Evans is a Senior Lecturer on CSM’s BA Jewellery Design course. An avid social networker herself, Sian likes to keep in contact with her students when she is not in college and saw Facebook as a way to boost interactivity between them and her. The page – Jewellers Compendium – has been running for two and a half years and has a current grand total of 4,236 friends made up of students, alumni and industry professionals. As a news feed, an aggregator of course information and as a networking tool, Sian says the project has been “very successful” and advocates the use of Facebook in this way across all disciplines. Here, she explains why and talks through the details of the project. Continue reading

Workflow: Using learning technologies to create a reflective PPD portfolio tool

Workflow: landing page

Workflow is an e-portfolio learning tool piloted by students within the BA Graphic Design course between January and June 2011. Developed by the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design (CLTAD) and led by Senior Lecturer Cath Caldwell, the objective of the pilot was to use learning technologies to create a reflective PPD portfolio tool. Students were encouraged to upload their work to create digital portfolios and gain confidence in their own writing and editing.

Here, Cath talks us through the initiative; its aims, outcomes and benefits for both student and practitioner.

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