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Getting the Creative Habit

A few weeks ago I blogged about ‘the creative habit’ and encouraging students to be constantly creative, producing small pieces of work in short spaces of time. We’re now three weeks into our courses and the students, particularly our NC groups, have been highly productive.

In our Design & Digital Media courses the students have been undertaking small projects each week, sometimes following a tutorial in class and then reinterpreting the work. When they complete the work they post it to the class’ Facebook group. Several students have also been making their own creations in their own time and posting them too.

Sharing student work in this way has a lot of benefits:

  1. students get to see each others work and be inspired by it
  2. feedback can be left and this encourages peer review
  3. all of the posts are collated in the group photo gallery, so these can be gathered easily for presentations or exhibition.
  4. posting over an extended period of time gathers evidence for ‘distance travelled’, demonstrating a student’s progress.
Of course, not everyone can use Facebook with their class or will be comfortable using it, however other similar tools exist for sharing work and feedback. Flickr, Youtube, some VLE’s and other systems offer similar features, although they’re perhaps not as useful as Facebook’s Wall.
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