BA Fashion Communication and Promotion: Challenging assumptions

Student blog

CSM tutor Hywel Davies and the second year BA Fashion Communication and Promotion (FCP) cohort at CSM have been exploring the uses of blogs to support collaboration within an arts and design environment. The students are working in groups to produce short film responses to a forthcoming prestigious exhibition in London, and they are investigating blogs as part of the project.

In the spirit of my ‘findings on the fly’ open research approach, this article shares insights from the study thus far. Continue reading

Digital Present: Innovation and MOOCs

Open University Vice-Chancellor, Martin Bean

A 7% student completion rate suggests that there is much to learn about the world of massive open online courses (MOOCs). Course providers, and students, are currently exploring how to engage with these new learning environments. So, to realise the potential of MOOCs it seems essential to foster a sharing relationship between all participants – together becoming a vibrant learning community. Continue reading

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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Free Workshop: Video and Audio for eLearning

This workshop explores the ways in which digital video and audio can be used to improve learning and teaching. Participants will be introduced to some of the tools and techniques used for creating and distributing video and audio resources and have the opportunity to produce a video and/or audio resource using the available hardware and software tools.

A flexible approach is taken to the delivery of this workshop to ensure that areas of particular interest to participants receive the most attention. Continue reading

Free Workshop: An Introduction to Open Practice

This workshop will stimulate you to think about the benefits and challenges of open practice, develop the necessary skills and motivation to practice more openly, and provide you with resources for you to promote open practice in your own colleges, departments and course teams. During the workshop you will work with other participants in the development of strategies to address the challenges and barriers to sharing. Continue reading

Skype at CSM: staff survey feedback

CSM MIT collaborative workshop using Skype

Historically Central Saint Martins has had a tricky relationship with Skype. For a number of years, and for a number of reasons, Skype services were not accessible through the university’s network. Whilst one argument maintained that the university’s ‘digital experience’ provision was less than staff and students would expect when outside of the institution, a counter claim was that Skype used excessive bandwidth and posed potential security issues for the university network as a whole. Both points were valid, and the situation highlights the complex issues faced by institutions worldwide when dealing with the rapid advancement of digital systems.

Today, however, as highlighted in the recent CSM Social Media and Digital Tools survey, there is a marked increase in the number of staff using Skype as part of their university life. Continue reading

Fabulous ‘CSM Learning Studio’ staff workshop: a focus on 4D!

What goes on in there?

What goes on in there?

The Learning Studio is a community of practice around learning technology use in Art and Design within UAL. It is open to anyone to join and participate, whatever your role or current use or experience of learning technology. The approach is very informal and the event is aimed at non-expert users. Continue reading