Taking Care of Business? The political economy of MOOCs and Open Education

The future of education?

In this provocative article John Casey, Open Education Project Manager at the university’s Centre for Learning and Teaching in Arts and Design (CLTAD), reflects on the massive changes underway in open education around the world. Driven by a mix of new technology, idealism, politics and venture capital in a time of increasing economic austerity, the movement has plenty of contradictions as well as exciting opportunities. Continue reading

Workflow: who, what, where, when, why, how?

Workflow - home page.

Workflow - home page.

E-Learning Educational Developer John Jackson, from the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design (CLTAD), provides an overview of the ePortfolio platform Workflow, one of the latest digital tools supported by the university. In doing so, he offers an alternative to blogs, and suggests that the general lack of awareness of this ePortfolio technology by staff and students is holding back its adoption across the institution. Continue reading

Smartphone: intimate, incidental, and indispensible

FaceTime on the 76 bus to Kings Cross

Personal mobile devices provide immediate location independent access to information, and are used as powerful creative tools by arts and design students at Central Saint Martins. The relationships that they have with their smartphones are evolving and multifaceted, yet at the same time students often perceive this mobile device as a mundane object, failing to acknowledge the many roles it plays in their lives. Smartphones are central to the ways in which many students are navigating their daily experience, eg waking up to the Marimba ringtone, international video-conferencing on the bus, and using any number of mobile apps to consider physical space. The smartphone appears to be an endlessly pliable technology that has glided into, and altered, our social and cultural processes. Continue reading

Authenticity, accountability and data privacy

Anonymous, authentic, private?

Charlotte Webb, from the university’s Centre for Learning and Teaching in Arts and Design (CLTAD) reflects upon notions of digital identities, in particular online authenticity and anonymity. Continue reading

CSM’s Digital Present

learning studio

Colleagues share insights about the new digital tool OTTeR created at CSM

The oscillating social, political and cultural interpretations of digital technologies are highly complex and contested. However, with 1 billion people using Facebook each month, and further extraordinary statistics relating to social media and digital technologies being published daily, it is becoming increasingly important for citizens and educators to familiarise themselves with new and evolving information communications technologies.

The College is keen to provide various ways for colleagues to develop confidence and competence in the use of these technologies. As such, a project called ‘Digital Present’ has been developed with the aim of supporting staff digital literacy.  Aligned to a ‘communities of practice’ approach, it is designed to supplement existing training, IT support and PPD. Already we have produced four informal drop-in Learning Studios where colleagues from across the College can share information about the ways in which they are exploring different digital tools and social media.  September’s well received CSM All Staff Digital Literacy Event provided an intense afternoon focused on technology enhanced learning, and the Digital Present blog has just launched. Continue reading