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A bric-a-brac approach to arts & media education!?


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When faced with a broken and out of date methodology, structure and systems, how do we as academics find our purpose, value and relevance within the 21st Century classroom or perhaps a more relevant question should be how would we re-imagine what that classroom could look like. Here, I am not meaning what shape of rectangle or square room and colour chairs or even what type of physical building, I am thinking what tools, skills will we, as learners and teachers, need to make this 'place' an effective, enjoyable environment to experiment and work together to help create and propel the next wave of creatives out into the big wide world!
In 2011 Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun at Stanford University shook up educational institutions by opening their doors to their ‘Introduction to Artificial Intelligence’ interactive MOOC (Massively Open Online Class). Two years earlier in the back of a converted cinema in the UK [1], Jonathan Shaw and his team seeking to enhance student engagement with photography and connect them with their wider professional networks, had explored a similar idea, allowing the world to peer into their classroom. Picturing the Body better known by its hashtag #picbod, a free and open undergraduate photography class was born. #picbod together with its sister open class #phonar (short for Photography and Narrative) are now referred to as Open Boundary [2] by JISC as a third distinct thread running within the wider weave of what might be commonly termed MOOCs.

This conversation will reflect [3] upon and explore the motivations, rational and strategies for development and support of open4, online courses specifically within context of arts, media and design education.
It is aimed at people who are interested in exploring how the practitioner led educator may have privileged insights into defining new practices for the fast changing higher education and professional landscapes.

Online Preparatory Resources
1 “Global Transmedia MOOCs” Virtual community pioneer Howard Rheingold interviews educator Jonathan Shaw about his groundbreaking experiments in online, collaborative learning in the arts.
2 “MOOCs and Open Courses – what’s the difference?"
3 “The Expanded Classroom: The Impact of Technology in a Connected World"
4 “'We're All Game Changers Now': Open Education - A Study in Disruption"'We're%20All%20Game%20Changers%20Now'%3A%20Open%20Education%20-%20A%20Study%20in%20Disruption

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  • 1. #bric-a-bracapproach to arts & media education #MES2013 Friday 20th September, Media Education Summit, Sheffield, UK Jonathan Shaw Julia Frost
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  • 9. Image: Creative Feed content relevance #MES2013
  • 10. 1,000,000 not alone a shared desire to know more extends beyond a room of 40 people! #MES2013 Listens
  • 11. #picbodPicturing the Body open exploring representation and form through photography #MES2013
  • 12. #phonarPhotography & Narrative open 30,000+ engage yearly in our transmedia storytelling class #MES2013
  • 13. #cueafsEast Asian Film Society open In 1 week over 300,000 people read our student’s reviews from Udine Far East Film Festival #MES2013
  • 14. certified leading the uk in creative & professional certification #adobeeduCertified Associate #MES2013
  • 15. open intersection of political, social and cultural change #creativeactCreative Activism #MES2013
  • 16. Adele Reed barriers access #MES2013
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  • 30. collaborative 5000 images edited down 10 Dean O’Brien #MES2013
  • 31. wow! student-led #MES2013
  • 32. published year 1 Adele Reed #MES2013
  • 33. winner year 2 Mariya Mileva #MES2013
  • 34. Joanna Ornowska featured year 3 #MES2013
  • 35. Kye Tidman #MES2013 featured live teaching of craft to schools
  • 36. #MES2013 showcase a platform
  • 37. the power of p2p collective working oncampus & online simultaneously #MES2013
  • 38. reaching further afield, the feedback you get is likely to be richer and more diverse, helping you to see new angles and make faster progress. ...a ready-made international network. ...regularly interact with authority figures on the course the coventry experience MOOCs: A Student’s Perspective “
  • 39. coming up... October 2013 #MES2013
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  • 42. #reclaimopenMIT & UCI innovation contest get involved... 26-27th September 2013 #MES2013
  • 43. Jonathan Shaw @time_motion #MES2013 Presentation available at: