My new to you innovation for me had to really focus on developing students as media professionals using softwares and digital to their full capacity.
There were 4 key objective statements that the model would aim to achieve.
1. To develop digital media literacy skills in a particular software’s.
2. Create and build a digital portfolio within a creative network.
3. Shape a tangible creative community within the school
4. Build, enhance, create and fulfil.
The outcome of my new to you project would then have to be reported in the form of an academic poster, I chose to design this with Adobe Illustrator.
Deciding on what software was fairly straight forward, we support Adobe Software in our faculty and the learning models would be combined with flipped learning and taught based classes. Students would watched assigned tutorials on Adobe TV and other resources, apply the skill prior the session, then come to a workshop, whereby I would teach and introduce additional skills and softwares. There would then be space for additional questions and skill sharing.
What about student satisfaction with the digital skills they want to know? It’s important as educators to not only recognise that a lot of our students can be technically advanced than ourselves in a digital world, its to also understand their roles in participatory culture, what are they into, what are they creating and they want to know how they can share their ideas in a bigger world. My role is also about introducing new software’s and apps for students to use and experiment with.
Building and developing a digital portfolio is something that takes time, persistence and patience. And this is where Adobe really excel in their ability in understanding what was needed for creatives in a professional capacity. Behance is a creative professional social media platform. The way in which I project Behance towards my student’s, is to think about like ‘If facebook and Linkedn were to have a child that was creative, Behance would be it’
It allows creative ownership of work, it’s a digital portfolio, blog tool, a creative community of networked professionals, creative research tool, a professional job-search engine and allows feedback and team project work. Furthermore it is streamlined and integrated with the creative softwares through the creative cloud app. So students can publish their work straight from their folder into the wider community. The creative cloud, basically acts as a hub for your behance, assests, apps that links in between your computer and your smart devices.
How I implemented behance into my own practice and pedagogoy was to open my own behance account up and build my portfolio of my own creative practice, which is something I have never done before. This is so I could relate, and learn to what my students will experience when doing this for themselves. For the students I thought it would be interesting to start developing this from level 1, the group I chose were level 1 Media Production and 161MC with the TV Formats element.
Students like Tom Harries are now actively engaging in behance and this is a tool that could really be utilised in students professional development
…”School systems should base their curriculum not on the idea of separate subjects, but on the much more fertile idea of disciplines… which makes possible a fluid and dynamic curriculum that is interdisciplinary.”… ( Sir Ken Robinson)
Sir Ken Robinson statement demonstrates very much the essence of what is trying to be created here. The facebook group CSAD- skills circle has given the students a platform to post projects that they are doing in and outside of the curriculum, this in turn has led to the development of new creative networks, professional experience and new innovative projects and business ideas created here.
Students from Graphic design have also participated in the development of the skills-circle brand identity, for one of their modules. This has then led to a workshop with Media Production students on their 161MC module. The group gave formative and qualitative feedback to each other’s creative work, networked and found the session really useful on different skills that they shared.
It is also about forming a community of creative students I believe that once that initial ice breaker has been formed, our students find that the networking is an easy process once the first hurdle is overcome. It also creates a solid form of identity within this tangible community for that student. From the Skills Circle the Adobe Club group has now developed. This is where I share tutorials, useful problem solving material and links to how they can professionally develop themselves.
I feel as though I have only really scratched the surface of what could potentially be a system that could allow students to learn, share and particpate. I think there are so many contributing factors to why this system could work, social, technical, professionally and what are the machanics behind this? In my impact statment I will look at how this for further development.