Learning by Producing Student Journals

Assessment, Independent learning

This project at Bath Spa investigated student journals as a form of learning and assessment.

Background

This project aimed to facilitate the transfer of experience, skills and knowledge that students acquire through the production of a student journal as part of their degree programme. This project, run as part of a wider Cultural Studies Project lead by the Subject Centre for Art, Design and Communication, aimed to facilitate the transfer of experience, skills and knowledge that students acquire through the production of a student journal as part of their degree programme.

Project design

Design of a multi-skilled, level one module that offered inter-disciplinarity and multi-disciplinarity and one that allowed for a practical and functioning end product that could be built upon year on year e.g. the Media/Culture Journal an student online publication.

Key findings

Although the project was piloted successfully o ne of the major issues the teaching team encountered related to their own ambition. In particular, setting up the parameters of independent learning and encouraging students to recognise the importance of the idea of their ‘ownership’ of the module within a structured framework of feedback and group organisation required more time than had been initially anticipated and allowed for in the module programme. The emphasis on group and independent working also necessitated a stronger support system of tutorials and feedback session than were initially put in place.

Learning outcomes

Positive learning outcomes:

  • Ability to link theory and practice
  • Improved computing skills.
  • Team building.
  • Understanding of working environment/practice in publishing industry.

Report

Project leader

Margaret Shaw
Bath Spa University College
Newton Park Campus,
Newton St Loe,
Bath , BA2 9BN .

Roberta Anderson
Bath Spa University College
Newton Park Campus,
Newton St Loe,
Bath , BA2 9BN .