In memory of former HoD John Beacham (1948-2004) we present the 4th conference to recognise the influence of his mentoring, standard setting & development of teaching quality.
Every year the conference in his name will provide sessions, materials, discussions and advice on best teaching practices, techniques and cultures for practice and theory media and communications in higher education and beyond. Our focus this year is on creativity. The event will be attended by Mrs Rosemary Beacham and members of John’s family.
The theme for the fourth conference is Creativity in University Teaching. The day is also recognised as part of Goldsmiths’ Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (accredited by both Goldsmiths and the Higher Education Academy).
9.30am: Introduction by Conference Convenors Professor Tim Crook and Mary Claire Halvorson
9.50am: Professor Elizabeth Hill (Pro-Warden of Learning, Teaching & Enhancement / Psychology):
10.00am: Dr Deborah Custance (Teaching and Learning Innovation Centre / Psychology):
10.10am: Dr Simon Katan (Computing): Creative Computing and Communication
11.10am: Coffee break
11.40am: Keynote presentation: Professor Diane Kemp (PFHEA –MA International Broadcast Journalism –Birmingham City University Coordinator Div-A Council of Europe) and Bob Calver: Inclusiveness in practice teaching
12.40pm: Dr Viktoria Zora (Music): 'Music Creative Practice and Pedagogy'
1.55pm: Professor Sue Clayton (Media & Communications)
“Is this a Manifesto?” Teaching visual media in troubled times
The above query was made to me by one of my PhD students, worried that his practice film might be deemed ‘too polemical’ and therefore as lacking rigour. This made me consider whether or not factual documentaries carry an obligation to present "the other side”, or if this is simply a persistent hangover from the BBC et al's notions of ‘balance' - notions which, in many peoples’ view, have caused an atrophying of the analytical - and the aesthetic - potential of the factual documentary form. I'd argue that there are now imperatives to create new subject-positions and question the perceived position of neutrality from which ‘balance’ is supposed to operate.
How might this translate into teaching practice? As we move forward to expand the Social Activist Film MA module, I will share some observations from my recent filming of Calais Children: A Case to Answer (2017) and from consulting for BBC, ITV News and Channel 4 News on the same topic.
2.20pm: Dr Francis Gilbert (Educational Studies) and Students: Reciprocity
2.50pm: Daisy Asquith (Media & Communications): Professionalizing Teaching in Higher Education
3.20pm: Dave Watson (Media & Communications): Learning with Lynda
4.00pm: Professor Tim Crook (Media & Communications): Abandoning the Assessment! Doing the Hippy in HE
4.30pm: Professor Tim Crook (Media & Communications): Announcing the awards for Joseph and John Crook prize for highest marks in Media Law and Ethics exam.
Dates & times
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