In conversation with:
James Swinson, Course Leader for Research Pathway in the MA Academic Practice in Art Design and Communication & CSM Research Students Tutor PhD Supervision.
Teaching and learning themes: research; developing a research profile; developing a research portfolio; communities of practice.
Course name; level: MA Academic Practice; Research as an Academic Practice Unit (now – Introduction to Practice as Research – Elective Unit).
College: Central Saint Martins (CSM) & Teaching & Learning Exchange.
Student Numbers: 24 (on Elective Unit).
Digital Space(s) used and discussed: Workflow (ePortfolio / eStudio Platform).
Key quotes: “they were really proactive people and really engaged in the face to face sessions and this was also reflected in the portfolios” … “the enthusiasm or how coherent the portfolios have been reflect how the cohorts work socially” … “effectively they are producing a sort of website” … “by using it (Workflow) for their own purposes they (academics) see how they can apply it to the way they work with students” … “many want to retain a copy (of the ePortfolio) and use it – and they get very excited about that” … “you realise what a powerful research tool it is”.