What does learning look like?
Gwenda Mynott
Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University
Higher Education A...
Illum CC
licence
Aims of the project
• To explore the individual learning experiences
of Business & PR students
• To develop students’ crit...
Photovoice
• A participatory photography methodology
• Usually used in community and advocacy settings but
has been used i...
Participation
“equalizing the
distinctions
between expert
and non-expert
knowledge”
So far….
• Workshops on visual communication
– What makes you happy?
– Where do you study?
• Treasure hunt activities
• Wo...
Something that
makes you
happy
©Sellers 2014
©Jackson 2014
Where do you
learn?
© Green
© Green
© McGee
Yet to happen….
• More online/offline workshops with students
• Workshop for academics
• Toolkit
• Evaluation, evaluation,...
Challenges/key learning points
• Ethics
• My own time management
• Student attendance/buy-in
– Participation/engagement/co...
References
• Chio, V. and Fandt, P. (2007) Photovoice in the diversity
classroom: engagement, voice and the “eye/I” of the...
And things to look at:
• What is visual literacy? -
http://vislit.squarespace.com/visual-literacy/
• My remote classroom: ...
Contact details:
• Gwenda Mynott g.j.mynott@ljmu.ac.uk
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This is a draft of the presentation that will be given at the HEA Social Sciences annual conference - Teaching forward: the future of the Social Sciences.
For further details of the conference: http://bit.ly/1cRDx0p
Bookings open until 19 May 2014 http://bit.ly/1hzCMLR or external.events@heacademy.ac.uk

Part of the 'Apocalypse Now' conference theme, which requires the presenter to imagine their own future world scenario.

Imagined world
In this new world the way we record and document knowledge has been transformed. Visual is everything and the written word has become subordinate photographs, videos, drawings, presentations and infographics. Rather than being trigged by any one event, this new world has come about via emergent changes in society and the greater accessibility to cameras and other means of recording knowledge visually. As society has developed to become more visually orientated, so too have academic journals, textbooks and web based information. The written word is secondary and purely supportive of the visual record of knowledge. The academic world has had to change the way it deals with recorded knowledge and student work is now submitted in highly visual formats either via the web.

Abstract
Photovoice is a participatory photography methodology that is being used with BA (Hons) Business and Public Relations (PR) students to explore and reflect on their experiences of learning. Students are invited to take photos of where, when and how they learn over a period of months. These photos are used in small, student facilitated, groups to support critical reflection. The project is fully participatory with students as equal partners and producers. This visualization of the personal student learning experience enables both academics and students to better understand the practicalities of engaged learning while developing visual literacy skills.

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What does learning look like? - Gwenda Mynott

  1. 1. What does learning look like? Gwenda Mynott Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University Higher Education Academy : Social Sciences Conference 21 - 22 May 2014
  2. 2. Illum CC licence
  3. 3. Aims of the project • To explore the individual learning experiences of Business & PR students • To develop students’ critical reflection skills in relation to their own learning • To develop visual literacy skills • To evaluate the pedagogical benefits and drawbacks of using participatory photography
  4. 4. Photovoice • A participatory photography methodology • Usually used in community and advocacy settings but has been used in higher education (Chio, V. and (Fandt, P. (2007) ; Schell, K., Ferguson, A., Thomas-Maclean, R. (2009)) • Action research • “This visualization of the personal student learning experience will enable both academics and students to better understand the practicalities of engaged learning.”
  5. 5. Participation “equalizing the distinctions between expert and non-expert knowledge”
  6. 6. So far…. • Workshops on visual communication – What makes you happy? – Where do you study? • Treasure hunt activities • Working with text & images • Worked individually, in pairs and small groups
  7. 7. Something that makes you happy ©Sellers 2014
  8. 8. ©Jackson 2014
  9. 9. Where do you learn? © Green
  10. 10. © Green
  11. 11. © McGee
  12. 12. Yet to happen…. • More online/offline workshops with students • Workshop for academics • Toolkit • Evaluation, evaluation, evaluation
  13. 13. Challenges/key learning points • Ethics • My own time management • Student attendance/buy-in – Participation/engagement/co- contributors/power? • Evaluation
  14. 14. References • Chio, V. and Fandt, P. (2007) Photovoice in the diversity classroom: engagement, voice and the “eye/I” of the camera Journal of Management Education Vol.31 No.4 pp.484-504 • Schell, K., Ferguson, A., Thomas-Maclean, R. (2009) Photovoice as a teaching tool: learning by doing with visual methods International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Vol.21 No.3 pp.340-352 • Photovoice - http://www.photovoice.org/
  15. 15. And things to look at: • What is visual literacy? - http://vislit.squarespace.com/visual-literacy/ • My remote classroom: online students share their photos - http://www.theguardian.com/education/gall ery/2014/feb/19/online-students-remote- classroom-gallery
  16. 16. Contact details: • Gwenda Mynott g.j.mynott@ljmu.ac.uk

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