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Issue: 15

Autumn 2011

Resources for learning and teaching in art, design and media

Welcome to the fifteenth issue of Networks, the magazine of the Art Design Media Subject Centre.

For this issue we asked contributors to submit articles around the theme of resources for learning and teaching, and anticipated that the issue would provide ‘an opportunity to explore the people, roles, spaces and materials at the core of art, design and media learning in higher education’.

We hope that you enjoy the articles that are a direct response to the theme and those that reflect other issues that are important to staff working in our sector.  Amongst them, we feel sure that you will find some resource; an idea, an approach or a tool that will have value over the course of the new academic year.

Two of our features look at resources to engage students in the processes of research and learning. Dr Alke Gröppel-Wegener (Staffordshire University) explores the potential for museum and university collections and object-based learning as a starting point for academic investigation in art, design and media. Sarah Kettley (Nottingham Trent University) offers an account of the development of an online student research journal as a tool to support Masters-level Product Designers’ research.

Barbara Thomas and Mike Caddis, experienced external examiners both, articulate the highs, lows and motivations for undertaking this role.  

Case studies in this issue are from a broad range of disciplinary contexts and relate to experiential learning in radio, the development of academic literacies in media studies, and a model for virtual learning in art and design.

We are delighted to publish the outcomes of three more of ADM-HEA’s 2010-11 funded projects. Professor Susan Orr’s report provides a fascinating account of her project that explored how art and design lecturers approach marking. The report concludes with a toolkit for lecturers including activities to engage students with the assessment process.  

Dr Joanna Zylinska’s ‘Liquid Reader’ project involved students in the collaborative development of an ‘open’ course reader in new media and communications and illustrates a means by which courses can takes steps towards ‘open learning’.

Dr Anna Feigenbaum and Dr Mehita Iqani used their project fund to develop a ‘bottom-up’ approach to teaching enhancement through ‘Teaching Exchange Workshops’. Designed in the context of Media and Communications, the workshop rationale, framework and activities have application in a broad range of disciplinary contexts.  We hope that you will find a use for some of the approaches and activities discussed in your own institution and that you’ll drop us a line and tell us if you do!

This issue of Networks is dedicated to our Co-Director, colleague and friend, David Clews, who passed away in August this year. David was Manager of the Subject Centre from Spring 2004 and Co-Director from 2010.

We have received many messages of condolence from colleagues in the sector that tell us how highly David was regarded, both personally and professionally.  He was praised for the creativity, intelligence, insight, enthusiasm and energy he brought to the task of promoting, supporting and developing teaching and learning in art, design and media higher education.  

We will particularly miss his voluminous ideas, capacity for lateral thinking, talent for improvisation and his healthy disregard for bureaucracy. He will be remembered with great fondness.

As Manager of the Centre, David oversaw the launch of Networks back in 2007. We hope that this 15th issue is a fitting tribute.

The ADM-HEA team

 David Clews

David Clews
21 June 1960 -13 August 2011

David was a keen - and expert - angler. One of his last journal entries captures why:
It was the perfect placing of a fly on the water, exactly forward of the last rise. And, just a second or two after the fly lands, the back of a trout turns on the fly and the line pulls tight. There’s the electric vibration from fish to my finger keeping the line tight against the butt of the rod handle. That’s the place. The rest, releasing the fish doesn’t matter … it’s just the moment of cast, presentation and take when me, the rod and line, the water and wind and the fish, hidden, are all connected, first by intention and then in reality by the line. At that moment, everything. Insects, flowers, trees, the cow parsley and balsam all glow, everything is vivid and I am part of it, just for a few seconds I am part of it.

David Clews           
August 2011 

David Clews Photo: Antonia Clews


ISSN: 1756-9648