Today is our third, and final, Connecting Classes workshop. Connecting classes, (#Cclasses), is a teaching method mostly, thus far, used in university settings but we like to keep it fresh and try new things so we have inserted three short classes into our already jam packed 10 week TEXTtile book project programme!
By gamely agreeing to take part our elderly makers are breaking new ground and having valuable input to the direction of future community arts and wellbeing projects. I admire their seemingly endless ‘have a go’ attitude, they are truly inspirational. We would love you to join in, so please tweet or leave a comment on the blog – it all adds to the conversation.
Today’s topic? The role of the blog, (and for us, that is this blog), in community arts and wellbeing projects. Is it relevant for older people with sensory impairments? How is it used? What could be done better and how? How does the blog make you feel about the project? How do your friends and family feel about the blog?
Today, we will be reading or listening to the last blog post about the TEXTtile project. http://blog.sense.org.uk/2016/05/26/texttile-chapter-5-play-with-your-food-its-fun/ Using the Sense iPads and iPad minis, our makers will have one to one support to watch / listen and anonymously tweet their thoughts on the short video clip. We will be capturing and tweeting audio clips of reactions, have help on hand in the form of scribers and help with the unfamiliar tech.
By exploring innovative methods of communication and discussing topics around community arts projects with the most important people, the makers themselves, I hope to merge mutually beneficial teaching practices in both Higher Education (HE) and Community Arts learning environments.
The idea of #Cclasses is to ask participants to watch / listen / read to a short clip of footage / soundbite or piece of writing and respond to it on twitter starting a conversation with fellow participants in the same room via on line and reaching out to create a broader audience from other classes, from a variety of disciplines, music, photography etc., who we welcome to join in the dialogue in real time.To find out more about this programme take a look at the following link http://jonathanworth.org/connecting_classes/connecting-classes-toolkits/
Can university or Higher Education teaching methods be used successfully in a community arts projects setting? Are they relevant? Are there approaches used in community settings which would benefit a more structured, academic setting. From my own experience I would tend to argue that there is a lot on both sides that would benefit the other. The community project has a lot to offer the Higher Education sector and possibly this is not valued highly, nor highlighted, enough.
Please feel free to join in the conversation and have your voice heard we would love to hear your views and feedback! If you missed the live conversation it is not too late, watch it now and tweet your response. Or just leave a comment at the bottom of this blog and we will tweet it for you. It all adds to the research.
You can tweet us using the #TEXTtile remembering to use the #CClasses to keep it all in one place. It’s all quite experimental so we shall see what happens.
Thank you, see you in the twitter- sphere.