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Friday, 27 November 2009

Monday, 23 November 2009

Avni email about due dates fro Tasks D and E

Dear Student,

The deadline date for Task D & E is Wednesday 6th January 2010 by 4pm.

Hard copies should be handed in to the Cat Hill Student Office or posted to me (please see address below). If you are posting, it is advisable to send your work via recorded delivery.

I have attached a receipt for your work, please complete and send in with your work, I will then send you confirmation of receipt of your work.

I also attach the module feedback form, please complete this form and send to me electronically. Please note, any feedback is kept confidential and is used to improve the quality of the programme and University services.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or your adviser should you have any queries.

Kind Regards

Avni Shah

GET STARTED SOON on Tasks D and E

Everyone- now is the time to write and post your Task D 'Finding your voice' and Task E 'Sharing comments'

Task D (3 x 500 words = 1500 words) is about learning to write in different styles - marketing, descriptive and academic. You can choose one thing to write about, something like an event, and write about it using the 3 styles... or you can use 3 different events... but like the Task C Kolb cycle - doing the same event might make it more straightforward to SEE... Avni has just sent you new directions to send this in by 6th January 2010... this gives you more time but my best advice is to GET STARTED. It is advisable to do the 3 different writing styles in 3 different Blogs.

Now - the game. The 1st 500 words of Task D using each style of writing should be posted in a Blog without your saying what kind of writing it is... people have already started so look around. Other professional practioners in BAPP can comment on which style they think you are using - and leave comments to help you refine the writing. After the first couple of comments it should be obvious what style it is - and your comments might be after this has been revealed - that is ok - then turn in the FINAL VERSION of the 3 Task D writing units for assessment - the ones you have edited because of comments.

Task E 'Sharing comments' is about collecting the comments/conversations you have had with people to help refine their 3 styles of writing. Conversations with peers are a part of any professional's routine, and most of us also work in teams that we rely on to steer what we do. These include critiques that point out what works and what doesn't - a form of feedback.

For Task E you use your own 3-5 critiques/comments about other people's Blog entries (written in an academic style) AND submit the BEST 3 comments/conversations that you have written as a part of this process for Task E (3 x 100 word). These are the ones that you remember - these are the conversations that made a difference... you need to make choices in this process...

Its a bit tricky but has direct links to professional practice. Sometimes we have to wordsmith our own marketing, sometimes we have to describe events, and writing academically is a skill that is worth having for artists and performers. The 7th December Campus Workshop at the Chickenshed is also there to help with this work - Adesola is planning an interactive piece abpout conversations... and I will be talking about this as it relates to writing.

Most of this is the programme handbook by the way. Get in touch with your Advisor if you need to get a grip on what you are supposed to do - and help each other - that is the name of the game... it is beginning to flow on the Blogs. Let's try to help everyone - and make sure everyone knows your Blog address...

Good Luck

Paula

The Gala- pics from the Circle



Avni email you should have gotten!

Dear Student,

The above campus session will be taking place at the Chickenshed Theatre from 1pm - 4pm. (WBS 3002)

Please meet at the reception bar area at Chickenshed.

The session will be run by Paula Nottingham and Adesola Akinleye and we expect Alan Durrant as well, students who have different advisors should also attend.

In this session, we will be covering the next assignment.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further queries.

Kind Regards

Avni Shah

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Congratulations for the Chickenshed GALA!!!

I went to the Chickenshed Gala last night at the Royal Albert Hall, and was really impressed by the show. I was up in the Circle level with mainly family members, but it looked great from up there. I have written a descriptive piece about the experience and hope to put it up soon... please let us know your side of the story on your Blogs!

Well done everyone!

Paula

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Marketing site for Rock Choir

This website might be good to look at for marketing...http://www.rockchoir.com/

Word-smithing

When I have worked as a learning consultant - I refer to writing as word-smithing because I sometimes have to work with my own and other people's writing in different styles - like in Task D. Abbi has started on thinking about the writing task - check it out.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Teachers TV - a resource and an idea source

http://www.teachers.tv/search?q=dance

If you have not become a fan of Teachers TV - this is your chance - it films good practice in schools... but some of the ideas are transferable outside of that specific context. See what you think and comment please... I have connected to dance but they have lots of different subject areas. The scenarios are filmed professionally, but some of this practice might give you some ideas for project work OR documenting project work (media work can take longer than you think to plan, resource and implement).


Paula

Apologies & reminder about using my Middlesex email

Everyone

I just had the opportunity to go over a mass of unread emails from my home email... I apologise if I missed any of your correspondence in all this, but one or two may have slipped through unnoticed. I found ping-backs in the Junk email etc. Even though I mentioned the MDX email before - some folks still have the home one on their systems. Assessments should have gone to Avni anyway...

Please note... I am now primarily checking my Middlesex email for your correspondence - P.Nottingham@mdx.ac.uk

I will try to answer your emails asap - but don't be concerned if it takes a couple of days if I am at meetings or am doing other work. This would be the same I would think for the MDX staff. Some people left the Tasks A, B and C quite late so there was a bit of a rush at the end that actually made it harder to get back to people.

My new MDX office phone is 0208 411 5087.

Thanks
Paula

New Blog to follow from Danielle

New blog to follow is http://danielle-eller.blogspot.com/
Also Peter has stuff up about the 9/11/09 campus workshop - take a look http://peterbryant.smegradio.com/

Paula

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Rubric for Tasks D and E

I have now stuck up Peter's Rubric and advice for Tasks D and E on my public folder And Alan's itinerary for the day...

A reminder that Adesola and I will also be having a campus session on 7th December - related to artistic conversations....

Paula

Friday, 13 November 2009

Campus Session 9/11/09 audio and pics

Until I get a better system up -- I have started a .live account that should hold large files... you can download the audio of the campus workshop on 9/11/09 from http://public.me.com/paulanottingham THERE ARE 2 CHOICES - CHOOSE THE STLOUD+ FILES if you are on a standard PC - I have really upped the volume so that you can now hear it better... however if you are ok in iTunes - they might give you an unwelcome audio blast - take care.They are large fies and might take some time to download - I have not had time to edit them at this point... so they should come up in iTunes or Quicktime AND others... Please comment on the blog if you can - and I will also work on the .live (Microsoft) site.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Campus Session 9/11/09

Campus session went well - I am working on getting blogs of the intro and plenary (conclusion) up but need to work out technical issues at MDX.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Monday 9/11/09 Workshop + considering Task D

Considering Task D,

Alan and Peter are doing a workshop Monday 9/11/09 at Cat Hill G147 about TASK D and MORE! (1-4pm) ... so we should be putting more stuff up on Blog next week about the Task D. You may want to wait to get started until after you have seen the Monday workshop that is presenting materials on writing styes and professionalism. Adesola and I will also be there (Avni sent you an email about this). Adesola and I are doing a workshop related to Task E 7/12/09 (Cat Hill G147 1-4pm).

The WBS3002 Handbook , p. 23 says you can write about anything you want to - might be easier to keep to the same topic as you can then see the writing style differences readily. There is an example about why a Theatre company chose a particular play during a particular time period and at a particular venue. The it is written up using 3 different writing styles. It might be an idea to brainstorm several examples to do and then make choices. The episode, event or experience should have enough content in it to give you a lot of detail to write about. It does not say they have to come from your career, but it would make sense to use examples that you would use in your workplace environment - whatever that is. I'm sure we will have discussions about this on Monday. You should also be keeping up with your learning diary during this time.

PLEASE COME TO THE CAMPUS SESSIONS IF POSSIBLE. We will put up materials from the sessions on our Blogs after they occur.

Paula

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Considering Kolb - Peter's Blog

Peter's blog about Kolb and learning from experience is worth a look. Kolb's book Experiential Learning 1984 goes into detail about his cycle and learning- with links to Piaget (you might have heard of him from working with children), Lewin and Dewey. Dewey did a lot of writing about learning from experience, putting the 'doing' or practice at the same level as learning 'theory' - he also gave us the Dewey decimal system for the library!

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

MY Teachers lineage can look like a family tree...

The My Teachers lineage diagram, if you are doing one, can look like a family tree... anyone want to put up an example for others?
Paula

Avni's letter you should have gotten

Dear Student,

The deadline date for Task A, B, C is FRIDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 2009 by 4PM.

The deadline date for Tasks D & E is Wednesday 6th January 2010 by 4pm.

Hard copies should be handed in or posted. It is advisable to send your work via recorded delivery.

Due to postal issues, please send me electronic copies (via email attachment) as well. In this instance, if we only receive electronic copies of your work you will not be penalised.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or your advisor should you have any queries.

Kind Regards

Avni Shah
Work Based Learning Administrator (School of Arts & Education)
Cat Hill Campus
Barnet
Herts
EN4 8HT
020 8411 4129
a.shah@mdx.ac.uk

PS: Print this email only if necessary - Think Green

Monday, 2 November 2009

FEEDBACK 5 ON BLOG

FEEDBACK 5 ON BLOG

Amal Salim: Feedback on Tasks A,B C:
A. good pictures and fluid motion of a blog – lots of colour – personal and professional – bibliographies a nice touch
1. CV – yes – media/digital makes sense
2. Top 5 resources –yes – links work as well
3. 3 people you admire – yes - effective
4. links of interest – yes digital painting
B. My Teachers no, have not seen draft
C. Kolb cycle no, not up yet

Murat Shevrat: Feedback on Tasks A,B C:
A. incomplete? Good start need to finish
1. CV- yes
2. Top 5 resources - yes
3. 3 people you admire – yes – Tina works well – all over the top but that gives a certain style to presentation
4. links of interest- ? is this here -
B. My Teachers no, have not seen draft
C. Kolb cycle– no - Kolb workshop up but need OWN Kolb cycle experience

Alys Spencer: Feedback on Tasks A,B C:
A. complete and flows like a blog – personal and professional elements
1. CV- yes
2. Top 5 resources- yes
3. 3 people you admire- yes
4. links of interest – yes
B. My Teachers yes- drafts sent in
C. Kolb cycle – yes good


Donna Wilkinson: Feedback on Tasks A,B C:
A. looks like a lot of work went into this presentation
1. CV- acting – professional - + summaries (these work well) longer bullets run together a bit + photos
2. Top 5 resources- yes
3. 3 people you admire – yes – a lot there
4. links of interest- yes music – with video links to performances
B. My Teachers no, have not seen draft
C. Kolb cycle no, not up yet

FEEDBACK 4 ON BLOG

FEEDBACK 4 ON BLOG

Joseph Pegram: Feedback on Tasks A,B C:
A. Looks good – 2 more short entries on admired people
1. CV- yes – written in conversational style in text – works well for Blog
2. Top 5 resources – yes described well
3. 3 people you admire – yes well described… but is there only 1? Andy Blankenbuehler
4. links of interest -
B. My Teachers – no, have not seen draft
C. Kolb cycle- no, not up yet

Rosea Pickering: Feedback on Tasks A,B C:
A. good description and appearance on web
1. CV-yes – looks like it was done for a professional audience
2. Top 5 resources – yes - descriptions
3. 3 people you admire- yes - descriptions
4. links of interest - yes- descriptions
B. My Teachers – no, have not seen draft
C. Kolb cycle– no - Kolb workshop up but need OWN Kolb cycle experience

Laura Quin: Feedback on Tasks A,B C:
A. complete
1. CV – yes – professional entries – maybe break up a bit on the blog for readability
2. Top 5 resources – yes – descriptions helpful
3. 3 people you admire – yes – lots there! Written in blocks – longish but work as units
4. links of interest - yes
B. My Teachers– no, have not seen draft
C. Kolb cycle- no, not up yet

FEEDBACK 3 ON BLOG

FEEDBACK 3 ON BLOG
Zoe Kennedy Feedback on Tasks A,B C: NEEDS TO HAVE A BLOG – seeing Paula 2/11/09
A.
1. CV
2. Top 5 resources
3. 3 people you admire
4. links of interest
B. My Teachers
C. Kolb cycle

Klara Kalelage Feedback on Tasks A,B C:
A. incomplete A what you have is ok – need to complete Tasks
1. CV- yes – what positions and job roles are you using the CV for?
2. Top 5 resources – no not up yet
3. 3 people you admire– no not up yet
4. links of interest – personal statement
B. My Teachers– no, have not seen draft
C. Kolb cycle– no, not up yet

Danyle Morris: Feedback on Tasks A,B C:
A.
1. CV – yes – what job are you looking for – experience sestion tell s a bit more – maybe put this first – What future work would you like your Blog CV to talk about…
2. Top 5 resources- yes with helpful descriptions
3. 3 people you admire - no , not up yet
4. links of interest – yes
B. My Teachers – no, have not seen draft
C. Kolb cycle – no - Kolb workshop up but need OWN Kolb cycle experience

Nancy Osbaldston: Feedback on Tasks A,B C:
A.
1. CV – yes –professional work to the fore to clear work identity
2. Top 5 resources – yes – described
3. 3 people you admire - yes lots of description and analysis
4. links of interest – more? A short paragraph (3 sentences)
B. My Teachers – no, have not seen draft
C. Kolb cycle- no, not up yet

FEEDBACK 2 ON BLOG

FEEDBACK 2 ON BLOG

Amanda Doyle Feedback on Tasks A,B C:
A. incomplete for Task A
1. CV – yes – straightforward easy to read
2. Top 5 resources –yes good – maybe a bit of explanation?
3. 3 people you admire - no
4. links of interest - no
B. My Teachers – no, have not seen draft
C. Kolb cycle – no, not up on Blog

Stephanie Dye: Feedback on Tasks A,B C: need to complete – good start but… need to do by this week.
A. Incomplete
1. CV- no
2. Top 5 resources - no
3. 3 people you admire - no
4. links of interest – there is one entry about Chickenshed its this your interest?
B. My Teachers – no, have not seen draft
C. Kolb cycle - no, not up on Blog

Michael Gavas Feedback on Tasks A,B C:
A. incomplete
1. CV - no
2. Top 5 resources - no
3. 3 people you admire- no
4. links of interest entry about getting to know you – needs more
B. My Teachers– no, have not seen draft
C. Kolb cycle- no, not up on Blog

Laura-Beth Hill Feedback on Tasks A,B C:
A. good descriptions
1. CV – yes maybe a statement of purpose?
2. Top 5 resources - yes
3. 3 people you admire – yes – loads and interesting
4. links of interest - yes
B. My Teachers – yes draft done
C. Kolb cycle – needs to be posted on Blog

Feedback 1

Lauren Cambridge : Feedback on Tasks A,B C
A. CV Looking at the other CVs on the blogs - would you change anything? For example - professionals might put their working experience and/or performance information first...
Your 3 people you admire are ok... links of interest are they the photos you sent? - but what do they mean to you? Where are the top 5 resources?
B. I do not have your My Teachers Task B in draft form.
C. I could not open Task C - Kolb need to send in .doc + put on Blog – don’t have Blog address yet

Ellie Connoly: Feedback on Tasks A,B C:
A.1. yes CV yes ok, what professional work are you looking for? you have a number of different skills… maybe clarify the Personal statement a bit more to show this.
2. 5 top resources yes good – maybe give links to these on your blog,
3. 3 people you admire – yes lots of analysis here, your links on interest
4. Your links of interest? yes Other entries interesting to see.
B. MyTeachers – no have not seen draft
C. Kolb cycle – not up on Blog

Sarah Connoly Feedback on Tasks A,B C:
A. all well described
1. CV yes
2. Top 5 resources yes
3. 3 people you admire yes
4. links of interest yes interesting
B. My Teachers – no have not seen draft
C. Kolb cycle – yes good descriptions – would inserting the different stages of the Kolb Cycle make it easier to see how the descriptions fit in with the 4 stages

Laura Davitt Feedback on Tasks A,B C:
A. good well described
1. CV – yes – maybe a personal statement to bring information together?
2. Top 5 resources – yes – well explained
3. 3 people you admire - yes
4. links of interest - yes
B. My Teachers– no have not seen draft
C. Kolb cycle – had campus session BUT NEED OWN kolb cycle – one of your experiences

Feedback today

Please see feedback for my Advisees, if you have not had it already, on Tasks A and C on my Blog, and My Teachers via your home email... also look at Alan's , Adesola's and Peter's for their feedback as you might be albe to relatatre it to yours.
Paula