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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Graduation Pics

What a great day to see everyone! I enjoyed meeting graduates and families - well wishes to all graduates - please keep in touch - here are some pics from today... will keep looking and maybe edit a few - let me know if you want any of these!! and I will WeTransfer.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Looking forward to Graduation!

Cheers everyone who has completed their work for the course for this academic year...
Graduates, I hope to see you at graduation. It is great to stay in touch if you cannot come for the day.
I will email round so that we can get together for a group photo on Tuesday....

Monday, 26 June 2017

Dates for Module 3 final progression!

I have the dates as the 29th June (which is a Thursday!) and 30th June (which is a Friday!) - apologies everyone!

Monday, 29 May 2017

Update on BAPP Arts for the summer months

We are still doing assessments everyone - but I will send round an email letting anyone continuing with the programme how to access things and remind everyone on the next set of dates...

emojis - design classics

saw this pop up on the news - enjoyed the article about the 1st emojis

Friday, 19 May 2017

A big thank you

Thanks to all Module 3 for your presentations - from London (thanks to all who traveled into the university College House) and on Skype and abroad - Estonia, Malta, Australia, Wales (one of the four Nations - the one with the mountains) and Germany.  Probably missed some! I will be getting in touch with everyone via email soon...

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Skype presentations

I will call you - but make sure I have you address - I think I have everyone's
you can come on earlier to see others - please let me know via comments or email !
I will email or call you number if  we are not connecting.

an actor's guides to presentations

Speak for Success!

An Actor's Secrets for Great Business Presentations

I think I need to read more of these...

Getting to Hendon for presentations

Directions from tube or train are on the above link.

Remember that there is no official student parking... so this can be problematic there are some paid parking spaces and free ones but they might be far away 20 minutes walking (sorry I use public transport so am not sure where these might be...).
the oral presentations have been scheduled to be in College House which is to the right of the entrance in a separate building - CG83 on the ground floor- you can come to the room if you have your student card.

If you need directions - go to the university Main Reception or call Paula.

Come a bit early if you can.  People on Skype also let Paula know you are ready - some of you should be able to attend other's  presentations - let Adesola or Paula know when you are ready.

further notes on oral presentation

some notes about the presentation....

order – structure – you could decide to vary how you do this for emphasis so it is up to you... arrange for clarity - this is you talking about your work and achievements - it is short so you need to summarise - it is good to rehearse for timing and empahsis 

Some elements you could include...

Introduction -  context - who you are and why you needed to do this
what you wanted to find out - questions
literature  - important - name names of authors/artists you used for ideas - (practitioners. concepts, theory, ideas from inquiry) represents body of knowledge about arts and topic (not just information)
tools/methods/evaluation for practitioner research - talking with peer and special interest groups and workplace colleagues
findings - what you found out ? what people said - what you found out in themes? quotes  form inquiry (anonymised)? What that means using you knowledge of sources/literature/your own practice?
conclusions-  important - how this relates to ideas?
Implications/impact - changes to practice - how you shared this with others - what was the knowledge gained
Artefact - (before or after conclusions?) sample of this ? - how you told others - why you chose this format
Critical reflection -  - important - could include all of BAPP Arts journey next steps for you ?
Bibliography (?) if sources not indicated earlier

here is advice from last study period

Friday, 12 May 2017

Another study period at an end !

Another study period is at an end - well done for all the hard work! The effort that goes into completing things while leading busy professional lives is enormous. I will miss the interaction and discussions. It will now be time to take a look at everyone's 'online portfolios' (blogs) -  as a network it is pretty impressive.

I hope this weekend is a good one - we will be watching Eurovision after a busy Saturday trying to finish things - we all have deadlines - but it is a bit of a tradition in our household.

Adesola and I will soon be looking at the work and the Module 3 presentations are coming up next week... (if other students what to attend just let me know).

I am available as a tutor to discuss the oral presentations - so email me.  Remember there are some examples up on archived blogs...

Friday, 5 May 2017

talking about feedback

I can talk to people about the feedback but have had a busy few days - email for an appointment or try calling my mobile after today - I am around this weekend as we are in a busy period!
FYI I am usually not around to phone after 9pm UK time.

Sunday, 30 April 2017


I was just talking to Victoria today and we were taking about the conclusions and recommendations for the Module 3 work.

Conclusions are at the end but are also an important part of communication your study - they are the way that you tell others what you know form a collection of your experience and the experience/research/ideas of others.

How do you tell others what you know?

Here are a few links for conclusions - remember we are doing a variation of a report - so first person (not third person) and also focussing on how you have gained and achieved knowing something about your practice/discipline/field/personal goals take into account that these conclusions might also relate to more formal academic writing or report writing that have slightly altered purposes and audiences.

Please add others in the comments!!

a MDX example

The Writing Center at UNC-Chapel Hill

so visualising where you are going can be useful

artists do write proposals... Module 2

reflective writing

this is about writing your own story- showing where you have gained knowledge and abilities through thinking about what you do...


for women in leadership

You might also like to check out the chapter I helped Barbara Workman with...
Ruth Helyer's book about work-based learning

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    The work-based learning student handbook [electronic resource] / edited by Ruth Helyer.
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    London : Palgrave, 2015.
    xvii, 304p. : ill.
    9781137413840 : (ebk : Dawson)
    Palgrave study skills
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    Dawsonera ebook.
    Includes bibliographical references and index.
    Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
    Study skills.
    Other authors: 
    Helyer, Ruth.
    Reading List: 

    Thursday, 27 April 2017

    Saturday, 22 April 2017

    Citing Readers and Harvard style referencing

    Please look on this link for a blog about citing the Readers:

    I sent round a sheet on Harvard style referencing

    also Cite Them Right

     and other sites

    Referencing and plagiarism

    the idea is that ideas you get form other people are 'cited' so quotes and 'paraphrasing' - and then put the source in the Bibliography (which includes references and other idea sources you have looked at for the piece of writing/communication you are doing). 

    Reviewing as a part of drafting

    I just talked to Lizzie who said she had reviewed her Module Handbook - good idea!


    there are tutor blogs (Adesola and mine)

    and peer blogs (I copied these again recently on my blog and on the BAP Professional Practice Arts My Learning My UNiHub space

    on my blog there are:

    3 sessions for Module 1 scroll down to find - they all have slideshares!
    3 sessions for Module 2
    3 sessions for Module 3

    All the forms and handbooks are up on your My Learning on MyUniHub space

    RoL WBS2515 (WBA)
    Module 1 WBS3730 (WBA)
    Module 2 WBS3630 (WBA)
    Module 3 WBS3760 (WBA)

    Thursday, 20 April 2017

    Wednesday, 12 April 2017

    April 10th campus session recap

    Please see the blogs of Amanda, Emma, Jess D. (M1) and Victoria (M3) Eleanor cam by Skype and Taylor came for a bit (M1).

    The Monday campus session 10th April was about thinking through the final writing for each module.
    So looked at samples of writing, had a library session, and then talked about our own writing using the oral – speaking – before writing.

    Formal writing uses structure a bit more to make 'arguments' so to state you point of view - you make key points (propositions) that you then provide examples and evidence for - drawing to a conclusion based on the discussion. The paragraph is used as a unit of thought - so introductory sentence - key points a concluding sentence - is  a essay style. We write in the first person like a report - so not 3rd person- so we use 'I'.

    I sent everyone  the articles we used in the campus session.

    The  Cottrell extract talks about the formal structure of writing and the others are examples of briefer articles about acting – and we talked about who the summary style of writing was to develop positions, arguments, and conclusions in a shorter piece of writing.

    Michelle gave a brief session about searching – e.g. Using the quotation marks to see the Harvard citation - I have sent everyone her handouts.

    I also sent a sheet explaining the Harvard citation method – the university also uses – you can login using your university IT User name and password.

    Sunday, 9 April 2017

    Repeated BAPP Arts Calendar and Draft feedback

    Here is an update - please go to the Handbooks and tutor blogs for advice about your work - remember the drafts that you send to you tutor will receive written feedback (and then oral feedback). You have done some great thinking through ideas on the blogs - don't panic but rather put this 'bank' of knowledge into your drafts  - they are rehearsals to try out your ideas - the tutor feedback will help this process...

    9th WEEK of 10rd April (Monday)

    University closed 14th – 17th Easter Vacation 

    Note: we have Easter this year in the middle of this period – so the University is closed from Friday 14th April (week 9) and the Monday 17th April (week 10)(so tutors will not be working during this period)

    CHANGED to Monday 10th April 1-4pm Campus Session (Paula)
    (some can attend via Skype on the day)
    All campus sessions at our Hendon campus – room CG83 - meet and reception - we have a session with Michelle  –  we will be talking about critical thinking and writing up for assessment - see blogs up for RSVPing

    10th WEEK of 17th April (Monday)                              

    Module 3 The Professional Inquiry Artefacts & Oral Presentation (Adesola) 18th April 7pm Skype. There will be a post  announcing this session on Adesola’s blog. RSVP in the comments of the post on Adesola’s blog.

    11th WEEK of 24th April (Monday)

    12th WEEK of 1st May (Monday) end of study period on Friday 5th May

    First Tuesday ‘Coffee shop’ chat Adesola
    1st May 10am bank holiday
    2nd May 7pm

    Additional WEEK 8th May (Monday)

    Paula available for end of term questions
    Monday 8th May 11am and 7 pm on Skype, email or phone

    BAPP Arts Submission Friday 12th May
    Submission by 11:55/12pm – more information will be up on My Learning about the final submission.

    Oral Presentations (Module 3 ONLY)

    Thursday 18th Friday 19th am and pm slots - Hendon Campus CG83 - Paula will contact Module 3 students about which day their presentation is scheduled. Everyone is welcome (all Modules) to come and support the Module 3 presenters.

    After Submission:

    Continuing Students – marks posted on MyUniHub:

    Monday 19th June 2017 Module Results Published (9 am)
    Monday 29thJune 2017 Progression Results Published (5 pm)
    Monday 30th June 2017 Final Qualification results published (5pm)

    Due dates form the handbooks – note however these can be negotiated - check with your tutor please and negotiate with them about your drafting feedback. We generally ONLY give 1 written feedback and then oral feedback as needed...

    Repeated -  the University is closed from Friday 14th April (week 9) and the Monday 17th April (week 10)(so tutors will not be working during this period) so please take this into account when sending drafts as the Monday in Week 10 is a holiday.

    Module 1

    p. 28 Duration of study time and feedback

    It is possible to send a draft of your critical reflection to your tutors for feedback, you can also ask others to comment on a draft on your blog to help you evaluate and analyse your work. Send a digital draft to your tutors by Week 10 for written feedback (in Week 12 oral feedback only).

    Module 2


    p. 20

    Duration and feedback

    These tasks should be carried out during teaching weeks 7-10 and formative feedback up to end of week 10 via staff Blogs will be given by the academic tutors. Send in drafts to your tutor by the end of Week 10 for written feedback professional inquiry plans.

    p. 19 Outline of the Inquiry Plan

    You also need to submit:
    ·      Your Critical Reflection (500 words) as an Appendix
    ·      Ethics Release form (this may be online this year)
    ·      Employer/Professional Support form
    ·      ALSO your prepared BAPP Arts Informed Consent form
    ·      Award Specialism Title form

    Module 3

    p. 13
    Week 9  Send to tutor drafts of your Critical Review (Introduction, Evaluation, Analysis and Critical Reflection) for written feedback.  Written feedback from tutor continued in Week 10.  The Easter holiday might cause this to be later in some cases...

    Saturday, 8 April 2017

    2016-2017 Spring Blog addresses again

    Please go to the BA Professional Practice Arts (135W99X) on MyLearning for the entire archive of blogs.

    BAPP Arts Blog Addresses SPRING 2016-17

    Please join in the conversations through comments… 

    Other tutor blogs of interest (these might be archived)

    Peter Bryant (former tutor who still writes about topics)
    Alan Durrant (archived blog) 
    Rosemary McGuinness (archived blog)


    Module 1
    Jessica S
    Jessica D 

    to be added to Amy?
    Module 2 
    Alana  new blog 
    Chrissie new blog 
     old blog

    Module 3