Disciplinary and Institutional Perspectives on Open Educational Practice in Art, Design and Media Studies: Opportunities and Challenges

Sarah Atkinson, John Casey, Christopher Follows, Debbie Flint, Stephen Mallinder

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Abstract

This paper features reflective accounts from teams at two UK universities who are engaged in open education projects supported by national agencies (JISC and the HEA). Art, Design and Media (ADM) studies, by their nature, often feature an emphasis on practical studio and workshop based activities, with a pedagogic culture marked by an emphasis on mentoring, apprenticeship and peer support. In some ways the teaching of ADM subjects can be seen to represent the epitome of the traditional campus'walled garden‘ and face-to-face model of teaching. In many of these subject areas there can be a shortage of didactic learning and teaching materials, representing a challenge for engagement with open educational practice (the sharing and use of open educational resources) in relation to the production and sharing of open educational resources. Open Educational practices also present opportunities for higher education teachers in these disciplines. The contingent and provisional nature of knowledge in creative practice disciplines and the high value placed on dialogue, aligns well with the multiple perspectives and approaches afforded by open educational practices. This orientation towards practice can take advantage of the potential for sharing and co-creating skills-based resources. Similarly, those disciplines where consideration of audience for creative cultural production practices is key can also find opportunities. This paper proposes that these characteristics of the disciplinary cultures in ADM subjects provide a good natural fit with open educational practices and that by creating online environments that facilitate the sharing of practice and process lecturers will find the transition to 'teaching in public‘ less formidable. Drawing on the findings of Practising Open Education, ALTO (Arts Learning and Teaching Online), ALTO UK, and case study examples from two SCORE Fellowships (Support Centre for Open Resources in Education), this paper considers how the broader online ecology generally and open educational practice specifically are impacting on teachers and teaching practices in ADM subjects. Practical examples will be provided to illustrate the points made in the presentation, including emerging findings from a pilot exercise to provide an online collaborative space to support lecturers working in ADM studies subjects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Cambridge 2012: Innovation and Impact - Openly Collaborating to Enhance Education, a joint meeting of OER12 and OpenCourseWare Consortium Global 2012
Place of PublicationMilton Keynes
PublisherOpen University
Pages138-147
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780749229375
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012
EventProceedings of Cambridge 2012: Innovation and Impact - Openly Collaborating to Enhance Education, a joint meeting of OER12 and OpenCourseWare Consortium Global 2012 - Cambridge, UK
Duration: 1 Apr 2012 → …

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of Cambridge 2012: Innovation and Impact - Openly Collaborating to Enhance Education, a joint meeting of OER12 and OpenCourseWare Consortium Global 2012
Period1/04/12 → …

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This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License

Keywords

  • Open Educational Resources
  • Open Educational Practices
  • Social Media
  • Rich Media
  • Archives, Pedagogy
  • Art
  • Design
  • Repository
  • Copyright
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • OER
  • ALTO
  • ALTO UK
  • Process.Arts
  • SP-ARK

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    Atkinson, S., Casey, J., Follows, C., Flint, D., & Mallinder , S. (2012). Disciplinary and Institutional Perspectives on Open Educational Practice in Art, Design and Media Studies: Opportunities and Challenges. In Proceedings of Cambridge 2012: Innovation and Impact - Openly Collaborating to Enhance Education, a joint meeting of OER12 and OpenCourseWare Consortium Global 2012 (pp. 138-147). Open University. http://oro.open.ac.uk/33640/5/Conference_Proceedings_Cambridge_2012.pdf