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Blogging along: using research blogs to teach information literacy and critical thinking in the creative arts - Claire Stewart

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Blogging along: using research blogs to teach information literacy and critical thinking in the creative arts - Claire Stewart

  1. 1. Blogging along: Using research blogs to teach information literacy and critical thinking in the creative arts Claire Stewart Library and Student Services University of Cumbria
  2. 2. Learning Enhancement Advisers
  3. 3. ‘Many identify themselves with their creative practice and see writing in opposition to that practice. They find it constraining and difficult ... and painful in itself’ (Borg, 2012).
  4. 4. 1. Developed critical perspectives on design culture and the contemporary role of the designer. 2. Explored the possibilities of integrating theory and criticism into design practice. 3. Developed the ability to place design within a broad frame of reference. 4. Demonstrated the application of study, analytical and research skills. 5. Demonstrated the ability to locate and select a wide range of information sources correctly Design in Context 2: Learning Outcomes
  5. 5. An online account of group research process -Includes primary and secondary research -Includes visual and textual information -Each post must come with a “critical comment” What is a research blog?
  6. 6. The beauty of blogs
  7. 7. Aims Information literacy Locating sources, evaluating, refining topics Ethical use Referencing and Copyright Critical analysis Commentary, debate and discussion Theory and practice History and context, links with studio practice Reflection Skills developed, knowledge gained Visual literacy Interpreting, decoding
  8. 8. Postmodernism –media, consumerism, cultural hybridity, Gender – feminism, representation in media, sexualities Globalisation – cultural imperialism, global branding, Subcultures – youth culture, new media, specific subcultures Design Ethics – environmentalism, sustainability Cybercultures – technology and identity, social networks Themes
  9. 9. Session overview
  10. 10. Is ‘hipster’ a subculture? Use of academic text to deconstruct visual sources related to popular culture
  11. 11. Examples Supreme Ladies Gender Blog Temple of Cyber Knowledge Gender Research Blog Around the Globe with 8 People
  12. 12. Evaluation
  13. 13. Student feedback Research blogs sound less terrifying than an academic essay but you can warble as much as you like! I find blogging an interesting and contemporary method to present research. It’s nice to have a bit of diversity and present work publicly in an environment we are familiar with. Research blogs are better than essays…feel more involved and stimulated It focuses on research (hardest part) and how to analyse it. Makes us explore more themes and discuss more. It makes research more friendly!
  14. 14. • Further development of critical thinking skills • Follow up sessions • Peer reviews • Roll-out to new MA Creative Media students and other programmes Future Developments

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