Call for proposals: Technology, Culture, Practice conference – postgraduate students only

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4 x £150 bursaries for selected students – Application deadline: 15 May 2015

UAL Postgraduate students are invited to submit a proposal to give a 10 minute presentation at Designs on eLearning 2015: Technology, Culture, Practice, an international conference to be hosted at Central Saint Martins on 16 – 17 September 2015.

This is an exciting opportunity to present your work and ideas amongst a stimulating group of art and design educators, and to meet students from across UAL. The selected students will be supported in developing their presentations with an opportunity to run through and receive feedback prior to the conference. In addition to this, selected Postgraduate students will receive a £150 bursary to attend the conference and a dinner at Lassco, Ropewalk. The bursaries are kindly being offered from the Postgraduate Communities of Practice Fund.

The brief

As our relationship with networked digital technology continues to dominate many aspects of our cultural and social lives, it is clear that the digital intersects the personal, educational, professional, creative, and leisure dimensions of our experience. This situation is often referred to as ‘post-digital’, indicating not that the digital is ‘over’, but that it can’t be separated from other aspects of life. Nigel Carrington, UAL’s Vice Chancellor, has recently spoken of the need for UAL to adapt to the post-digital era by combining our culture of studio practice, which is messy, ambiguous and experimental, with technological processes, techniques and critique.

We want to understand what ‘post-digital’ means from a student perspective, and how it plays out in relation to your creative practice. These are some prompt questions:

  • What does it mean to be a post-digital artist?
  • When technology ‘disappears’ into everyday use, how can we remain critical of it?
  • What does ‘making’ look like in a post-digital context?
  • Is the term ‘post-digital’ helpful for artists and designers?

You can choose to approach the theme of ‘post-digital’ in another way if you prefer. We would like to see examples of your creative practice, so try to think about how you will represent it. Your presentation should be no more than 10 minutes, but can be in a format of your choice – a presentation with slides, video, audio, performance, or any other format you feel is appropriate.

What to submit
Your name, email, college, course
250 words outlining your presentation
2 images of your creative work

Deadline
15 May 2015
Submit by email to c.webb@arts.ac.uk

About Del 2015
Designs on eLearning (DeL) is an international conference exploring the use of technology in art and design Higher Education. As digital technologies continue to transform the creative and pedagogic landscape, we face exciting possibilities and new challenges for the future of education. Themed Technology, Culture, Practice, DeL 2015 aims to explore forms of learning that take place in digital contexts within and beyond HE institutions.
You can find full details on the DeL 2015 website, or subscribe to the DeL mailing list.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

UAL technology survey – win an iPad Mini 3

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We have created a survey to find out about UAL students’ digital practices. Your feedback will contribute to the development of UAL’s Technology Enhanced Learning strategy. It’s quick and painless – it takes about 5 minutes.

PLUS – there’s a prize drawer for an iPad mini 3 and 3 £50 Amazon vouchers!

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Guerrilla Technology Research – earn £15 in Amazon vouchers.

UAL’s Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design is interested in UAL students’ use of and attitudes to digital technology for learning. We want to hear about your experiences in this short interactive workshop. By participating you will contribute to the development of future tools and services, and can add this to your CV.

DETAILS:
Wednesday 16 OR Thursday 17 July 16:00 – 17:30
Room 211, 272 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EY.

Contact Mehreen Talpur m.talpur@arts.ac.uk to book your place!

Why are we doing this research?
We want to gain a better understanding of UAL students’ use of and attitudes to digital tools in their learning and creative practices.

What difference will the research make?
We will share the outcomes of the research with a wide range of UAL staff including tutors, course leaders and managers. This will help support teaching staff in the colleges as well as informing policy decisions about how digital tools and support are developed at UAL. As well as a short report, we will produce a practical online resource that teaching staff and students can use in their own practices.

Who can take part?
We are inviting 2nd year BA students across 8 courses to take part. This will allow us to get an understanding of how the use of digital tools varies across subject disciplines. As 2nd year students are in the middle of their undergraduate experience, we feel they are well positioned to provide insights into using digital tools for their learning

What would be involved?
We would like you to take part in a focus group discussion. There will be 8 students in the focus group – 4 from your course, and 4 from another course in the same subject area. You will be asked to think about and map the tools you use in your learning. There will also be a guided group discussion. The focus group will last about 1 hour and 30 minutes and will be audiotaped so that we have a record of what was said. We may take photographs of the visual materials produced, but not photographs of the participants. Participants will be given a £15 Amazon voucher as a thank you for taking part.

What will we do with the information?
The focus group discussion will be transcribed and if you are interested we will give you a copy of the transcript. The transcript will only be read and used by us and not be used for any other purpose. The information from these discussions will form part of our report. Visual material (maps produced) will be used to inform the creation of a visual resource for staff. The transcripts might also be used to write and publish articles in academic journals. You are welcome to see a copy of any articles/resources before they are published.

How will the information be stored?
The information will be stored on UAL servers, in a folder on the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design’s shared drive. This drive can only be accessed by members of the CLTAD department.

Will everything you say be kept private?
We will ask everyone attending the focus group to keep everything that was said during the discussion confidential. You can say as little or as much as you wish. The transcript will be kept in a secure place. In the transcript the names of yourself and all the other participants as well as those people who you mention will be changed so you will not be identifiable.

What if you change your mind about taking part?
If you decide to take part then this is your voluntary decision, therefore you are also free to withdraw from the study at any point you wish, without giving a reason.

Who are we?
Siobhan Clay is an Educational Developer – Student Engagement at the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design, UAL. She has worked extensively with students and led on the development of the student-created website Commonplace.

Charlotte Webb is a Project Manager (Student Engagement, Digital) at the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design, UAL. She focuses on students relationships to digital technologies, and ran the My Digital Life project in 2013.

If you would be interested in taking part or have any questions concerning the research, please contact Charlotte Webb c.webb@arts.ac.uk

We would be happy to answer any questions and look forward to meeting you!

Contact details for any queries regarding the research: Research Management and Administration (RMA), University of the Arts London, 5th floor, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA; research@arts.ac.uk

Design Technology Focus Group 18 June High Holborn

2nd year Graphic Design students are invited to participate in a research project on your use of and attitudes to digital tools in your learning.

We need your voices to contribute to UAL practice and policy making in this area. Together we can bring insights from your courses into the conversation, which would be of great value to UAL. In return for your time, we would like to give you a £15 Amazon Voucher as a thank you.

Date: Wednesday 18th June 16:00 – 17:30
Venue: Room 902, 9th floor, 272 High Holborn WC1V 7EY

To book a place email Charlotte Webb c.webb@arts.ac.uk

Why are we doing this research?

We want to gain a better understanding of UAL students’ use of and attitudes to digital tools in their learning and creative practices.

What difference will the research make?

We will share the outcomes of the research with a wide range of UAL staff including tutors, course leaders and managers. This will help support teaching staff in the colleges as well as informing policy decisions about how digital tools and support are developed at UAL. As well as a short report, we will produce a practical online resource that teaching staff and students can use in their own practices.

Who can take part?

We are inviting 2nd year BA students across 8 courses to take part. This will allow us to get an understanding of how the use of digital tools varies across subject disciplines. As 2nd year students are in the middle of their undergraduate experience, we feel they are well positioned to provide insights into using digital tools for their learning

What would be involved?

We would like you to take part in a focus group discussion. There will be 8 students in the focus group – 4 from your course, and 4 from another course in the same subject area. You will be asked to think about and map the tools you use in your learning. There will also be a guided group discussion. The focus group will last about 1 hour and 30 minutes and will be audiotaped so that we have a record of what was said. We may take photographs of the visual materials produced, but not photographs of the participants. Participants will be given a £15 Amazon voucher as a thank you for taking part.

What will we do with the information?

The focus group discussion will be transcribed and if you are interested we will give you a copy of the transcript. The transcript will only be read and used by us and not be used for any other purpose. The information from these discussions will form part of our report. Visual material (maps produced) will be used to inform the creation of a visual resource for staff. The transcripts might also be used to write and publish articles in academic journals. You are welcome to see a copy of any articles/resources before they are published.

How will the information be stored?

The information will be stored on UAL servers, in a folder on the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design’s shared drive. This drive can only be accessed by members of the CLTAD department.

Will everything you say be kept private?

We will ask everyone attending the focus group to keep everything that was said during the discussion confidential. You can say as little or as much as you wish. The transcript will be kept in a secure place. In the transcript the names of yourself and all the other participants as well as those people who you mention will be changed so you will not be identifiable.

What if you change your mind about taking part?

If you decide to take part then this is your voluntary decision, therefore you are also free to withdraw from the study at any point you wish, without giving a reason.

Who are we?

Siobhan Clay is an Educational Developer – Student Engagement at the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design, UAL. She has worked extensively with students and led on the development of the student-created website Commonplace.

Charlotte Webb is a Project Manager (Student Engagement, Digital) at the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design, UAL. She focuses on students relationships to digital technologies, and ran the My Digital Life project in 2013.

If you would be interested in taking part or have any questions concerning the research, please contact Charlotte Webb c.webb@arts.ac.uk

We would be happy to answer any questions and look forward to meeting you!

Contact details for any queries regarding the research: Research Management and Administration (RMA), University of the Arts London, 5th floor, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA; research@arts.ac.uk

Fashion technology focus group – 17 June High Holborn

2nd year fashion students are invited to participate in a research project on your use of and attitudes to digital tools in your learning.

We need your voices to contribute to UAL practice and policy making in this area. Together we can bring insights from your courses into the conversation, which would be of great value to UAL. In return to your time, we would like to give you a £15 Amazon Voucher as a thank you.

Date: Tuesday 17th June 17:00 – 18:30
Venue: Room 709, 7th floor, 272 High Holborn WC1V 7EY

To book a place email Charlotte Webb c.webb@arts.ac.uk

Why are we doing this research?

We want to gain a better understanding of UAL students’ use of and attitudes to digital tools in their learning and creative practices.

What difference will the research make?

We will share the outcomes of the research with a wide range of UAL staff including tutors, course leaders and managers. This will help support teaching staff in the colleges as well as informing policy decisions about how digital tools and support are developed at UAL. As well as a short report, we will produce a practical online resource that teaching staff and students can use in their own practices.

Who can take part?

We are inviting 2nd year BA students across 8 courses to take part. This will allow us to get an understanding of how the use of digital tools varies across subject disciplines. As 2nd year students are in the middle of their undergraduate experience, we feel they are well positioned to provide insights into using digital tools for their learning

What would be involved?

We would like you to take part in a focus group discussion. There will be 8 students in the focus group – 4 from your course, and 4 from another course in the same subject area. You will be asked to think about and map the tools you use in your learning. There will also be a guided group discussion. The focus group will last about 1 hour and 30 minutes and will be audiotaped so that we have a record of what was said. We may take photographs of the visual materials produced, but not photographs of the participants. Participants will be given a £15 Amazon voucher as a thank you for taking part.

What will we do with the information?

The focus group discussion will be transcribed and if you are interested we will give you a copy of the transcript. The transcript will only be read and used by us and not be used for any other purpose. The information from these discussions will form part of our report. Visual material (maps produced) will be used to inform the creation of a visual resource for staff. The transcripts might also be used to write and publish articles in academic journals. You are welcome to see a copy of any articles/resources before they are published.

How will the information be stored?

The information will be stored on UAL servers, in a folder on the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design’s shared drive. This drive can only be accessed by members of the CLTAD department.

Will everything you say be kept private?

We will ask everyone attending the focus group to keep everything that was said during the discussion confidential. You can say as little or as much as you wish. The transcript will be kept in a secure place. In the transcript the names of yourself and all the other participants as well as those people who you mention will be changed so you will not be identifiable.

What if you change your mind about taking part?

If you decide to take part then this is your voluntary decision, therefore you are also free to withdraw from the study at any point you wish, without giving a reason.

Who are we?

Siobhan Clay is an Educational Developer – Student Engagement at the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design, UAL. She has worked extensively with students and led on the development of the student-created website Commonplace.

Charlotte Webb is a Project Manager (Student Engagement, Digital) at the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design, UAL. She focuses on students relationships to digital technologies, and ran the My Digital Life project in 2013.

If you would be interested in taking part or have any questions concerning the research, please contact Charlotte Webb c.webb@arts.ac.uk

We would be happy to answer any questions and look forward to meeting you!

Contact details for any queries regarding the research: Research Management and Administration (RMA), University of the Arts London, 5th floor, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA; research@arts.ac.uk

Technology Focus Group 11th June LCC room M408

2nd year students from Journalism, Film + TV, Advertising, Public Relations and Criticism, Communication and Curation are invited to participate in a research project on students’ use of and attitudes to digital tools in their learning.

We need your voices to contribute to UAL practice and policy making in this area. Together we can bring insights from your courses into the conversation, which would be of great value to UAL. In return to your time, we would like to give you a £15 Amazon Voucher as a ‘Thank You’.

Date: Wednesday 11th June 16:00 – 17:30
Venue: Room M408, LCC, Elephant & Castle (the room is next to the Dean’s office)

To book a place email Charlotte Webb c.webb@arts.ac.uk

Why are we doing this research?

We want to gain a better understanding of UAL students’ use of and attitudes to digital tools in their learning and creative practices.

What difference will the research make?

We will share the outcomes of the research with a wide range of UAL staff including tutors, course leaders and managers. This will help support teaching staff in the colleges as well as informing policy decisions about how digital tools and support are developed at UAL. As well as a short report, we will produce a practical online resource that teaching staff and students can use in their own practices.

Who can take part?

We are inviting 2nd year BA students across 8 courses to take part. This will allow us to get an understanding of how the use of digital tools varies across subject disciplines. As 2nd year students are in the middle of their undergraduate experience, we feel they are well positioned to provide insights into using digital tools for their learning

What would be involved?

We would like you to take part in a focus group discussion. There will be 8 students in the focus group – 4 from your course, and 4 from another course in the same subject area. You will be asked to think about and map the tools you use in your learning. There will also be a guided group discussion. The focus group will last about 1 hour and 30 minutes and will be audiotaped so that we have a record of what was said. We may take photographs of the visual materials produced, but not photographs of the participants. Participants will be given a £15 Amazon voucher as a thank you for taking part.

What will we do with the information?

The focus group discussion will be transcribed and if you are interested we will give you a copy of the transcript. The transcript will only be read and used by us and not be used for any other purpose. The information from these discussions will form part of our report. Visual material (maps produced) will be used to inform the creation of a visual resource for staff. The transcripts might also be used to write and publish articles in academic journals. You are welcome to see a copy of any articles/resources before they are published.

How will the information be stored?

The information will be stored on UAL servers, in a folder on the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design’s shared drive. This drive can only be accessed by members of the CLTAD department.

Will everything you say be kept private?

We will ask everyone attending the focus group to keep everything that was said during the discussion confidential. You can say as little or as much as you wish. The transcript will be kept in a secure place. In the transcript the names of yourself and all the other participants as well as those people who you mention will be changed so you will not be identifiable.

What if you change your mind about taking part?

If you decide to take part then this is your voluntary decision, therefore you are also free to withdraw from the study at any point you wish, without giving a reason.

Who are we?

Siobhan Clay is an Educational Developer – Student Engagement at the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design, UAL. She has worked extensively with students and led on the development of the student-created website Commonplace.

Charlotte Webb is a Project Manager (Student Engagement, Digital) at the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design, UAL. She focuses on students relationships to digital technologies, and ran the My Digital Life project in 2013.

If you would be interested in taking part or have any questions concerning the research, please contact Charlotte Webb c.webb@arts.ac.uk

We would be happy to answer any questions and look forward to meeting you!

Contact details for any queries regarding the research: Research Management and Administration (RMA), University of the Arts London, 5th floor, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA; research@arts.ac.uk

Freeformers Tech Jam

The Freeformers/CSM Tech Jam was held at CSM on Thursday 17 October, and attended by 40 students and staff from all 6 colleges.

Students building a website at MDL Autumn Bonanza, CSM, UAL


Students Techjamming!

We started out with presentations from Cai Zhang and Derek Yates:

Cai Zhang presenting at MDL Autumn Bonanza, CSM, UAL


Cai Zhang presenting ‘Click and Deliver’

Cai Zhang: ‘Click and Deliver’

Cai’s grandmother was a great cook. Living in China, she did not write down any of her recipes, so when she passed away, she took all her cooking knowledge with her. It’s hard to imagine a situation like this now, when digital technologies encourage us to so thoroughly record, map and share information about food (Instagram food porn anyone!?). Cai discussed the powerful influence digital technologies have on our decision-making about food, bombarding us with messages about good health, taste and convenience. Apps, billboards, food blogs, websites and social media platforms are all telling us what to eat, where and when. Online retailers’ recommendation systems tailor our search results, narrowing down our literal and metaphorical shopping carts and discouraging diversity and experimentation. Showing LowLowKerry’s ‘Ad Gal’ video, Cai took a critical stance on clichéd advertising campaigns that reinforce negative self-image, and reminded us that TV cookery shows are not designed to encourage us to get up and cook – they are designed to keep us on the sofa, consuming. Moving from the virtual to the physical, she took us on a whirlwind tour of the world’s food vending machines, which dispense everything from pizzas to live crabs.

As well as the darker side of the technology/food lansdcape, Cai showed some intriguing examples of positive and altruistic uses of technology. Random Acts of Pizza is a community on Reddit.com that facilitates the sending and receiving of pizzas between strangers, and Litterati is a project that encourages people to use Instagram to photograph, tag and throw away litter across the globe. Links to Cai’s presentation will follow shortly!

Derek Yates presenting at MDL Autumn Bonanza, CSM, UAL


Derek Yates presenting ‘Digital – it’s not what you think it is’

Derek Yates: ‘Digital – it’s not what you think it is’

Derek’s presentation asked what qualities students need to survive the digital industries, and whether UAL’s colleges are doing a good job of preparing their students for a digital context. He drew on research undertaken as part of Alt/Shift, a curriculum development platform that ‘provides opportunities for meaningful dialogue and constructive collaboration between the creative industry and design education’.

He shared some fascinating insights from interviews he has conducted with leading industry figures from companies like UsTwo, Berg, and Kin:

  • Industry doesn’t want perfectly formed products – it wants students to be focused on their journey and learning processes rather than outcomes
  • Industry is looking out for a ‘Digital mindset’. This is about attitude, not software or skills.
  • In a digital context, we have to test, challenge, iterate and allow things to be unfinished.
  • Industry wants students and graduates to ‘Leave your ego at the door’ – to survive the digital industry, you have to be part of a team.
  • Empathy is important – both for users and team members, and this is more important than your individual portfolio.
  • The digital context wants you to be a ‘user not a utilizer’! Learn how to break, hack and re-imagine things rather than taking them at face value.

Derek also showed some inspiring examples of digital tech in action:

Decode Jay-Z project by Droga5 – an award winning campaign that put every page of Jay-Z’s book ‘Decoded’ in public spaces, and used Microsoft’s search engine Bing to enable an interactive treasure hunt to guide people to the pages’ locations…

Berg Cloud/Little printer: ‘Little Printer is a smart printer for the home. It scours the Web on the owner’s behalf, assembling their interests into delightful, personalised miniature newspapers, printed only two inches across.’

Kai presenting at MDL Autumn Bonanza


Kaisha Barnes leading the techjam

Freeformers then took over and led us through a TechJam, where we created websites using JSbin and Bootstrap. Participants ranged in ability from those who had never coded before to those with some previous experience, but everyone ended up with a website in less than 2 hours! One brave participant even managed to build his website on his iPhone… Freeformers run weekly techjams – all are welcome, so visit the website to get signed up!

View full photo set on Flickr!

 

 

UAL Exchange app on the way

Currently awaiting approval by Apple is a new app developed at CSM by MA:IM alumnus Vuong Tong to enable cross-disciplinary collaboration. Check out Rita Fernandez’s informative post on Process Arts for the full story.

What caught our eye was the series of photos of the development process, which included a surprising number of Post-It notes! Very retro. We do like that analogue-digital interface.

Autumn Bonanza Participants

Autumn leaf on a park bench, FlickrThanks everyone for booking for the Autumn Bonanza, which is now full up. We are really looking forward to seeing you there. To whet your appetite, here is a bit more on our esteemed presenters.

Cai Zhang, food blogger and president of the UAL Food Society, will be bringing together her interests in the digital sphere and food by looking at the treacherous landscape of technology and cuisine.

Camberwell lecturer and graphic designer Derek Yates will offer his thoughts on the relationship of design to education and beyond.

Rounding off the evening, Freeformers will be presenting one of their renowned TechJams, which have already proven popular in a visit to LCC last spring. We are asking participants to bring laptops for this section of the programme, but don’t worry if you can’t. Sharing will be encouraged.

Should be a top evening!

Photo: ientu, Flickr