University Centre at Blackburn College (UCBC)
At the UCBC I was leader for the Coding Environments level 5 (30 credit) module on the BA (Hons) Design: New Media program. This involved researching and developing content, internal verification delivery plus formative and summative assessment. Materials and Processes: Colour was a level 4 module for the Fashion, Textiles and Interior Design programs. I designed the content to include current digital processes, colour trends and the opportunity to submit projects and assessment material in digital format.
I also contributed to a range modules where similar approaches contributed to refreshing teaching, learning and assessment. These included BA(Hons) Journalism Sub-Editing; FdA/BA (Hons) Journalism Audio; BA(Hons) Graphic Media / Animation & Illustration Experimental Moving Image; All art and design programs – Final Major Projects.
I have worked in China at Jincheng College, Sichuan University, in the delivery of a creative workshops to undergraduate students of mixed disciplines, which included Textiles, interior and product design. Working initially as individuals, then in pairs and finally as two large groups, the students were set a progressive sequence of creative design challenges to overcome. I worked on an international team developing curricula for delivery at the Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts, creating Foundation and Pre-Masters programs for students aiming to study at undergraduate level in the UK. I also contributed to an international creative forum for students wishing to study in Britain.
During a month-long residency at the No.7 Primary School in Chengdu I developed and ran week long summer school workshops for mixed groups of children aged 6-11 years old. One workshop – Adventures in the New World –consisted of a week long narrative where two opposing teams set out to build structures, capture territory and maintain stable resources and functions. Students were required to choose between resolving territorial and material tensions through conflict or co-operative coexistence. As well as the creative processes, scenarios such as politics and economics were introduced to the workshop by the students.
On other occasions week long workshops consisted of sets of complimentary activities encouraging concept generation, problem solving, visualisation and teamwork.
Blackburn Children’s University
The Children’s University is a UK charitable trust which facilitates collaborative projects between local educational and training institutions and Primary schools; they provide access to high quality out-of-school hours learning activities to children aged 7 to 14 years of age. I took a voluntary role in supervising a group of trainee lecturers in the lesson planning, resourcing, preparing and the delivering of short activities on themes as diverse as the First World War, William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream and the centenary of British women’s right to vote.