Online learning: University of the Arts London workshop

Workflow grabAs we are well aware, due to a series of changes in technology, economics and the web, the global higher education landscape is shifting and impacting the ways in which students learn, how they engage with one another and with the University. In this complex world where much formal and informal learning is undertaken online and on the move, and with increasing interest at the University of the Arts London to provide solely online or blended learning provision, Jo Morrison (Digital Projects Director) and Darren Gray (Head of e-Learning) led a workshop to investigate online education. This article provides a quick background to distance education based upon the discussions that took place amongst the workshop participants, which in turn provided a base for the subsequent investigation. Continue reading

Creative Technology Day: group discussions

Chair AXJ

A common thread running through the projects shown at Creative Technology Day was the aesthetic and affective qualities of the work. As makers, who are actively engaged in combining digital stuff (software, code, data…) with material stuff (sensors, fabric, micro-controllers…) and space (physical, virtual, hybrid), the importance of creative engagement and critical inquiry was evident in the work of all participants, including BBC Learning, Nesta, Microsoft Research, V&A, Thornhill School, Winton Primary School, Calvium and Technology Will Save Us.

Along with the show and tell sessions, presentations and making workshops, a set of discussions took place on the day. This article provides an insight into the conversations amongst participants from the educational, technology and cultural sectors. Continue reading

Reframing Blythe House Workshop

IMG_7484Central Saint Martins and the V&A are exploring the archives at Blythe House. As part of the process, in October 2014 the museum’s James Sutton joined Jo Morrison, Elizabeth Wright and the second year MA Design students to discuss some of the research undertaken to date. This swift article uses the theme of ‘frames’, and shares some of the ways in which frames, and the act of framing, were investigated during the workshop. Continue reading

Creative technologies and future careers

CTD picIan Thompson, University of the Arts London’s Head of Extended Schools Partnerships, coordinated the schools’ engagement in Creative Technology Day 2014. Here, he takes a moment to feedback on aspects of the event.

“It was fantastic to be part of an event that brought together people with different expertise, backgrounds and ages around a common curiosity:  How can technology be put to creative use.” Continue reading

Inspirational and Open: Creative Technology Day 2014

Ayse and Miguel from Imperial College bring their robots

Ayse and Miguel from Imperial College bring their robots


The amazing range of ideas shared at Creative Technology Day was stellar. It was a day that brought together people who would never normally meet or learn from one another, and for that time, in that place, connections were made that will make our future better.

Over time, this blog will publish about the day, once the extraordinary amount of stuff shared has time to settle into new forms or shapes. Until then, enjoy some images that I hope represent well some of the day’s events – a day that I imagined and the participants collectively made real, and beautiful. Continue reading

Digital literacy: learning about creative technologies

Technology will save us website

Technology Will Save Us website

Learning about digital technologies, and how to use them creatively can be a bit of challenge mined with misconceptions. The ideas that it is too hard, too “techy”, not useful for your practice, or simply that it takes too much time to fully explore, are widely spread. Whilst we use tech everyday, we don’t necessarily know very much about them or how to experiment creatively. What are the resources that can help us to learn new skills, understand the technologies surrounding us, and feed our creativity with a bit of digital know-how?

Following her exploration of inspirational websites, and supporting the Creative Technology Day event being held at CSM, Sarah Kante looks at the digital resources helping us to explore creative technologies. The list of sites that follows covers coding, app building, making as well as learning software or educating children about technologies. Descriptions are in the websites’ own words. Continue reading

Digital sites that inspire us

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http://www.vogue.co.uk/brand/central-saint-martins-ma


When the blank sheet syndrome hits, or when your research is at a dead-end, digital resources can come to the rescue and provide inspiration. There are a multitude of sites posting about exciting new designers, trends and works – but which are the ones that can get our creative juices flowing every time?

Sarah Kante spoke to some Central Saint Martins students to get some ideas of their ‘go to’ websites, as well as asking some of her own network of art and design practitioners for the online resources that never disappoint when it comes to inspiration and research. Below is a list of recommendations, with ‘in their own words’ descriptions, to get you started on your own inspired digital wanderings. Continue reading

Creative Technology Day: 2 October 2014

logo-greenCreative Technology Day on Thursday 2 October supports our collective understanding of ‘learning through making’ with creative technologies in both formal and informal settings. It brings together the primary, secondary and Higher Education communities, along with the cultural sector and technology companies. By collecting a curious and interesting group of active makers for whom the interrogation and use of creative technologies are core to their work, we hope to provide a convivial and informal opportunity for people to learn from one another, make connections, develop new knowledge and advance collective understanding.

Tremendously creative projects using technologies in myriad ways have been developed in so many learning spaces, but rarely do professionals from across the educational spectrum have an opportunity to spend a day exploring together. Central Saint Martins alongside the V&A Museum, Queen Mary University of London, Soda, British Library, Calvium and schools partners are collectively organising this event, which will be held at CSM. Continue reading

Blythe House project: chaos and radical containment?

blythe house research session archiveThe Blythe House project being undertaken by Central Saint Martins MA Design students and CSM staff and the Victoria and Albert Museum, is motivating for a number of reasons – one of which is its experimental and collaborative nature. The project itself has been described in earlier posts, and will be documented periodically as part of the research process.

Whilst the MA Design students’ rigorous critical engagement in the Blythe House project is underpinned by ‘the deviant traditions of studio and conservatory’ (Schon,1987:17), this article will consider the larger institutional setting – the educational system within which the project is undertaken. By taking time out to acknowledge the landscape, we, the staff team, are putting into practice Donald Schon’s ‘reflection-in-action’. Continue reading

CSM Degree Show Two: exploring digital technology

Rolls-of-paper

CSM Degree Show Two saw graduating students from the design subjects exhibit their work to thousands of visitors. Whilst many used digital technologies in the execution of their projects this article concentrates on those who explored technologies from a critical perspective.

Questions relating to the changing techno-cultural landscape, as well as those relating to privacy, identity or addiction were tackled, not to mention digital working environment exploration by MA Innovation Management.

Sarah Kante takes a look at some of the work exhibited during the Degree Show.

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