Skip to content.
HEA logo ADM logo

3 new ADM-HEA case studies published

Date posted: 19/02/2010

We are very pleased to announce 3 new case studies have been published on the website.

Where and how do I start? Integrating sustainability and active learning in the Fashion and Textiles curriculum

Case study by Philip Hawkins, Visual Culture Coordinator in the Division of Arts and Design at Somerset College of Art and Technology

Beginning to transform the delivery of a specific curriculum, from a didactic approach, to integrating aspects of sustainability education through active learning can seem problematic and risky.

This study describes how an introductory lecture on Globalisation for 60 learners on a 2nd year BA (Hons.) Fashion and Textiles programme, which was part of a lecture series, and required a 500 word follow-up written report became instead a successful active learning and research project about ethical fashion. The required learning outcomes were fairly generic: the ability to identify relevant content and from a wide variety of sources, to evaluate and communicate these ideas in writing and orally, to develop the necessary research skills, and to identify learning strengths and weaknesses.

The change in delivery built on these criteria but developed new processes of learning and discovery. The article explores how and why the project was put together as a first step towards integrating sustainable modes of assessment and active learning.
To see the full study

Arts University Student Mentors and Gallery Peer Leaders: Partnerships for Learning

Case study by John Butcher, Senior Academic Development Advisor, University of Northampton

This case study describes a partnership between University College Falmouth (UCF) and Tate St. Ives (TSI). Framed within a national Enquire project (one strand of a DCMS funded commissioning programme) investigating the learning benefits of gallery education, the report tells the story of a successful collaboration which engaged undergraduate Art student mentors from UCF in a peer leadership project at TSI.

The project was evaluated using an innovative action research model to explore peer learning through engagement. Outcomes suggest undergraduate student mentors enhanced their learning in a number of ways: experientially developing the ‘soft’ transferable skills related to employability in the arts; improving their knowledge of employment opportunities in gallery settings; gaining competence in action research.
To see the full study


Creating Curators: using digital platforms to help students learn in art collections

Case study by Dr Andrea Fredericksen, Curator of the University College London (UCL) Art Collections, and Dr Nick Grindle, Teaching Fellow in the History of Art department at UCL

This case study describes a collaboration between Imperial College and University College London in which science and technology students at Imperial were asked to create an online exhibition from artworks they had studied first-hand in UCL’s art collections.  They describe the structure of the activity and its fit with the learning style of the students, the course aims, and the schedule of assessment.  They conclude that combining first-hand study of artworks with the use of digital platforms to develop key skills associated with visual analysis, critical thinking and archival research, has obvious resonance for current and next generation learners.
To see the full study


ADM-HEA invites colleagues to submit case studies describing, reflecting upon and evaluating an initiative that they have introduced in their own teaching practice. If you are interested in submitting a case study or would like more information about the process click here