DCAF – WTF?

DCAF Handbook ImageFor much of the Noughties I was a Business Adviser – specialising in creative businesses and digital business.  This was a fascinating and inspiring period during which I worked with a large number of startups and small businesses; managed a team of specialist advisers in London and was involved in recruiting and establishing a team in Liverpool.  I presented occasionally at conferences – especially on digital business matters – and occasionally got ‘hands-on’ with the development of online platforms and web presences.  Most of the time, however, I and my colleagues spent with a fascinating mix of incredibly inspiring fledgling (and established) creative entrepreneurs.

So why I am telling you this?  Quite simply, to set the scene and to highlight one of the themes we encountered a lot during this period.  Young creatives, often recent graduates of Higher Education Art and Design Establishments, would be very eager to access the advice and support on offer whilst often bemoaning the lack of ‘enterprise’ advice / expertise available to them at university.

In the intervening years this has improved substantially in breadth and depth, with opportunities such as ‘live projects’ and ‘placements’ embedded within many courses.  At University of the Arts London (UAL) the ‘Creative Attributes Framework’ (CAF) identifies a number ‘attributes’.  These, according to research, are attributes (behaviours and skills), which are essential (or at least extremely advantageous) to creative practitioners throughout their careers.  The ‘CAF’ is used by course teams when planning courses and learning activities – truly embedding ‘enterprise’ skills at the heart of the curriculum.

So, onto the ‘DCAF’ of my acronym-tastic title.  “Digital Creative Attributes Framework – What (are) The Facts?”  The ‘DCAF’ is essentially a variant of the ‘CAF’ and takes as its starting point the same nine attributes.

These nine attributes fall within three families:

  • Making Things Happen
  • Showcasing Abilities
  • Navigating Change

The ‘practices’ explored within the DCAF relate to Digital behaviours and skills – and avoid falling into the trap of being prescriptive (the ‘scenarios’ column is left deliberately blank for those engaging with the DCAF to make it relevant for their own projects and practices).

There is a splendid blog dedicated to the DCAF which you can access at https://dcaf.myblog.arts.ac.uk

The superbly designed accompanying booklet was designed by Conor Rigby, whose abilities are showcased at http://conorrigby.com.

#creative-attributes, #creativity-2, #digital-creative-attributes, #digital-literacy, #enterprise, #ual

UAL Learning and Teaching Conference 2019

Learning and Teaching Day 2019I am looking forward to attending and presenting at the UAL Learning and Teaching Conference 2019. This is a one day annual conference. This year it is being held at London College of Communcation on 21st of March 2019 and the theme which runs throughout is ‘Wellbeing’.

My Lightning Talk (all talks follow the ‘lightning talk’ format this year) will explore potential tensions between Open Education / Practice and individual privacies and wellbeing in various forms. The short description on the conference website gives additional details.

 

#conference, #conferences, #lcc, #open-education, #open-practice, #presentations, #wellbeing

UAL’s Learning and Teaching Day

UAL Learning and Teaching Day 2017UAL’s Annual Learning and Teaching Day was this year held at CSM – a fascinating and very enjoyable day!

The link to the slides I used for my ‘Lightning Talk’ about how teaching and learning spaces and practice are being extended into ‘the digital’ is here: https://goo.gl/a5P9H0

#conferences, #learning, #london, #presentation, #presentations, #teaching

Solstice Conference 2016, Edge Hill University

Edge Hill UniversityI had the great pleasure this year of again attending and presenting at the welcoming and fascinating Solstice / CLT Conference at Edge Hill University – full details on the conference website.

As part of this I presented on two subjects:

  • Exploring Online Teaching Spaces in an Art and Design Environment
  • Digital Feedback in an Art and Design University

This was the first time that I had chosen the ‘Pecha Kucha’ format – where you use 20 slides which are each visible for 20 seconds – and change automatically. It is a format which forces you to really hone your content and only leave in what is necessary for your message – which I found strangely liberating.

The links to the slides I used are:

For the full ‘Pecha Kucha’ experience, click on the ‘PK’ link in the 2nd slide in each to access the start of the timed presentation – then click on the ‘play’ icon (bottom left) to start the slides rolling.

#clt, #conference, #conferences, #edge-hill-university, #learning-technology, #pecha-kucha, #presentations, #solstice

Digital Learning Spaces

TEL at UALInterested in Digital Learning Spaces?

You can now listen to UAL academics talking about how they and their students are using digital spaces for reflective practice, research, collaboration, showcasing work and more – @ Discussing Digital Pedagogies.

This is the start of an ongoing audio enquiry I am conducting into digital teaching and learning spaces within the art and design Higher Education context.

#digital-learning, #digital-literacy, #elearning-2, #learning, #mahara, #technology-enhanced-learning, #tel, #ual, #workflow

Evaluating Student Experience in Industry Projects

UAL LCC LogoCara Lee Roth and I have been invited to deliver another ‘Evaluating Student Experience in Industry Projects’ workshop at the LCC Learning and Teaching Day – which will take place at LCC next week – 6 May 2015.

SEE and CLTAD have developed a teaching tool for evaluating students’ engagement in industry projects. This tool can help course teams to evaluate the impact of industry projects, enhance enterprise and employability and also inform curriculum design and learning and teaching strategies on how to measure student experience. Continue reading

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UAL Learning and Teaching Day 2015

UAL Learning and Teaching Day 2015I’m looking forward to taking part in UAL’s Learning and Teaching Day at LCC on 14th January 2015. This year not just attending, enjoying and being inspired by the sessions on the day, I will also be co-presenting a session with Cara Lee Roth – Evaluating Student Experience in Industry Projects.

#conference, #conferences, #creativity-2, #enterprise, #lcc, #presentations, #teaching-and-learning-day, #ual