Lecture on Arts Education for the MRER

18 Dec

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The lecture was part of the MRER (Malta Review of Educational Research) Lecture Series in collaboration with Edukarti (Art Education organisation based at Department of Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education, Faculty of Education, University of Malta). It focused on the role of Arts Educators in a changing society and their influence on Higher Arts Education.  This is in fact a topic that continuously offers debate between arts educators and art practitioners. Artists are becoming educators, facilitators, researchers and inspirers not just in schools but also in socio-cultural, business and community settings. So which challenges lie ahead of us as lecturers and what implications do these challenges have on the training of Arts Educators as we prepare them for these new roles?

The topic is analysed starting from this year’s winner of the Turner prize since for me this nicely sums up what it is about. From there the reflections tapped into my  own challenges and experiences in higher arts education over the last couple of years.

You can find the slides of the presentation AECS

 

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14/12 on a panel about quality and excellence in the arts

4 Dec

12391866_896921913736626_8270257410686512697_nIt has been a pleasure to have been part of the last stages of this exciting process and to be on the panel about artistic excellence on which I talked about measuring the unmeasurable and about the peer assessment exercise with the students of Digital Arts.

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Presentation at the conference Cultural Mapping – Debating Spaces and Places – Valletta 23 October

24 Oct

12140777_10153737413181289_7125968515896584238_nYesterday Stefan Kolgen and I presented our paper on  The social aspect of digital storytelling; a case study: Jefke Tuf, an interactive documentary about soul carers then and now in a former coal mining community within the parallel session on Digital Mapping in a Social Context.

It was an inspring session, with lots of challenging and exciting reactions of the attentive audience.  You can find the full paper following at this link: Paper_culturalmapping_socialcontext_jefketuf. The  presentation as been posted on SlideShare

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New Course, New Place — started yesterday

29 Sep

12019938_10153691678216289_313438978359216208_nActive Design Processes – Collaborative Practice – A course for the 3rd years Digital Design at the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences at the University of Malta . Nice group of students. Loving it!

two articles in progress

13 Aug

I’m currently working on 2 articles

  • one on What happens when you combine digital storytelling and cultural mapping in a social setting. The paper is based on the project Jefke Tuf – a transmedia project in Winterslag which is coming at an end in September. This is the proposal that has been accepted for the conference mentioned below.

The paper and the project will presented at the Conference on Cultural Mapping: Debating Spaces and Places that will take place in Valletta at the end of October

  • and one in Dutch on interdisciplinair trajectories in higher arts education ( Interdisciplinaire trajecten in het hoger kunstvakonderwijs)

for the next issue of Muziekpedagogiek in Beweging published by the end of this year.

challenging group dynamics in participatory design

23 Jun

homePhoto10At IDC 2015 (interaction design and children) in Boston PhD candidate Maarten Van Mechelen presented the following paper I collaborated on. Well done Maarten! It is a pleasure to be your mentor.

In this paper we explore whether Social Interdependence Theory (SIT) is a useful theoretical framework to anticipate on challenging intragroup dynamics in co-design with children. According to SIT, there are five principles that mediate the effectiveness of cooperation: positive interdependence, individual accountability, promotive interaction patterns, social skills and group processing. First, we theoretically ground six challenging group dynamics encountered in a previous study. Next, we introduce SIT and describe how we applied each of the five mediating principles in a new case study in which 49 children aged 9 to 10 were involved in a series of co-design sessions. Afterwards, we present our findings and reflect upon the SIT inspired co-design procedure. Finally we touch upon topics for further research and we make a call for more research on SIT in the Child Computer Interaction (CCI) community.

the proceedings of the conference are free to read here

good read: The best interface is no interface

30 Mar

UnknownIn his book The best interface is no interface Golden Krishna makes us rethink the use of screens. The book reads like a novel and is carefully designed. He challenges us in an amusing and even hilarious way to how far we have come to be hooked to interfaces for everything and how ‘un’useful they sometimes are. There are alternatives to think beyond screens and make life less complex. I like the ‘Keep it Stupid Simple’ attitude. I also like the fact that Golden forces us to go back to the essence and then go for the best and most logical solution to a technical  or a design problem. A life with less buttons and less screens. A future using the essence of technology. For that he uses 3 principles: 1. Embrace Typical Processes Instead of Screens, 2. Leverage Computers Instead of Serving Them, and last but not least 3. Adapt to Individuals. A must read for designers and technology lovers I would say.