THINKING ABOUT THINKING
Reflective dialogue and learning how to learn
I am trained in Art and Design pedagogy and I have carried out a number of funded action research projects. I have written and presented papers at National Conferences and in 2010 was in receipt of a Teaching Fellowship. I promote reflective practice as a way of developing critical and self-directed learning. I aim to develop students as reflective practitioners to encourage them to become autonomous learners – to think about their thinking. I am particularly interested in how this can be enhanced through the use of digital technologies - in particular how social media tools can help promote a form of shared reflection, or reflective dialogue, to help groups of students reflect, improve and learn form each other.
The recent Teaching Fellowship explored how models of sharing and collaboration adapted from Open Source and social media can offer new ways for us to work and learn together, as students and staff to create and share knowledge and ideas. Outcomes from the report show how developing communities of practice often sit uncomfortably with traditional notions of Art and Design pedagogy that were based on the idea of the individual creative genius – a notion that looks increasingly unsustainable in the interconnected future. New collaborative models rub up against the existing system at important points on the student journey, in particular for example at assessment. The report looks at case studies to show how this can be better managed.
It is clear that in an increasingly precarious environment for graduates, it is important to promote self-reflection, critical analysis, digital literacy and cognitive skills. It is this learning how to learn that will allow them to thrive in this dynamic and challenging world beyond University.
+ FUNDED PROJECTS
+ 2006-7: CLIP CETL project
Blogs, Autonomous learning and reflective practice [download paper]
Paper Presented at the ALT-C Conferenc 2007
+ 2009-10: Teaching and Professional Fellowship
Discovering communities of social e-learning practice
Paper presented a the ALT -C Conference 2010
+ 2011-12: Making a Difference project
ISD Openspace COP development, including the Openspace ISD Alumni Event [poster]
+ 2016-17: 2x Funded Teaching and Learning Projects for Digital Maker Collective with Chris Follows: Developing Open Learning Methods and Virtual Reality in Interior and spatial Design.
+ 2017:Digital Maker Collective Tate Modern, Tate Exchange events including 4x VR Symposia:
Virtual Histories, Virtual Economies, Virtual Bodies, Virtual Spaces [Poster]
+ 2012 Poster for the ISD Openspace Alumni Event
+ 2015 Poster for BA ISD DRS05 Live project THRESHOLD
.+ 2017 Poster for DMC Event Virtual Spaces at Tate Modern
+ Live Project at Channel 4 2006 [Photo UAL/David Barnett]
+ The Fellowship Report 2010
Studio teaching 2008 [Photo UAL/David Barnett]
+ 2012 Charlotte Greenleaf presents in the packed out lecture theatre for the Openspace event
+ 2017, the Digital Maker Collective at the Tate Modern ahead of the Digital Friction Event March 8th