University of Hertfordshire

Creative Arts approaches to teaching and learning: Modes of engagement through visuals online mediums

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  • Rebecca Thomas
  • Jayne Smith
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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHEA, Inspire – sharing great practice in Arts and Humanities teaching and learning, Conference in Brighton
PublisherThe Higher Education Academy
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2016


This presentation will focus on two different innovative approaches to teaching within the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire. One of these approaches involves working with fashion students in Sweden, employing digital media to convey basic fashion industry skills and terminology such as the English names for specific parts of garments and the terms employed in measuring the body. This requires that students use a combination of digital and physical learning strategies so as to develop industry-level skills. The second aspect of the talk will look at work with photography students who are using mobile technology in the classroom, engaging with a variety of online platforms, which means that a near-instantaneous response can be achieved (when material is uploaded onto the Net). In effect, comments upon what the students send out are frequently received in ‘real time’. The pros and cons involved in these two pedagogic methods will be discussed and assessed.

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