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