Dr Peter Day, Senior Lecturer in Photography and Fine Art, has been selected for an Art Design Media Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy.
He will receive £3,000 to develop an online system to provide art and design students with feedback on their work. The project will use established social networking sites such as Facebook as a template to create a social and safe environment from which to review, analyse and feedback to students about ongoing works.
Dr Day, from the School of Art & Design, decided to apply for the fellowship after his research suggested students found the art critique process of receiving feedback verbally to be a negative and stressful experience.
He said: “I am delighted to be receiving the award and it is positive that the cutting edge work being undertaken by myself and the School of Art & Design is being recognised at a national level.
“In the digital and virtual environment we all become curators on sites such as Facebook or Flikr. The project aims to simply extend this interest and experience for educational purposes using an online gallery to create feedback and critique. The aim will be to make the students contributors and take more ownership of this aspect of the course and become more aware of feedback and criticism as a positive force.”
The Art Design Media Higher Education Academy (ADM-HEA) aims to support the professional development and recognition of staff in higher education and to ensure that their teaching is valued and rewarded. Candidates for the fellowship were asked to demonstrate innovative teaching by providing evidence of achievement in the teaching and support of student learning. They also had to submit a proposal for a project which further develops innovation.
Peter Day has been a teacher and lecturer for 16 years and joined the University of Wolverhampton a year ago.
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