Presentation: Stories and Streams at the University of the West of Scotland Learning & Teaching Conference.
Stories and Streams was a project that I have blogged a lot about last semester whilst at Birmingham City University, where I have taught new media theory, alternative media and web production for the last 3 years. We (Jon Hickman, Paul Bradshaw and myself) were funded by the centre of excellent in learning and teaching within BCU to evaluate and transform the pedagogy of teaching media practice modules (such as online journalism, alternative media and web production) and to develop modules that reflect on the nature of the topic, rather than replicating traditional learning structures of classrooms, lectures and workshops. We also managed to hire some student research assistants to blog and capture the classroom activity. That’s the bit I particularly like.
Here is a (nitty gritty urban) video of me chatting about the project with David McGillivray:
but I think it is important to think about what is going to happen in September with the fee regime changing and we are talking serious money/debt to do a degree. And the purpose and point of a university in this space. And all of that in the context of Scottish HE as well now. More to follow.
I work and study at the University of the West of Scotland.
I am in my final year (writing up stages) of a PhD about citizen journalism at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
I am a freelance digital media trainer and facilitator with a background in social media training for the third sector and community journalism.
I like greyhounds. And the Internet. And putting pictures of my own greyhound, Mini, on the Internet.
This is my personal website and blog and I use it to write about projects, events and things that relate to my work and my PhD. I'm interested in social media in- education, community development and social good, digital- media, storytelling, tools, practices - and citizen- journalism and citizenship.