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    Following the successful introduction of various new researching tools within the first semester, the 2nd year Fashion Communications students pr… Read More
    Following the successful introduction of various new researching tools within the first semester, the 2nd year Fashion Communications students presented their second semester project in a new way to test the potential to assess work openly in digital format. For formative assessments students uploaded digital books on to a public page on Behance. This process prompted students to edit & curate their research and development work into a presentation that could be ‘read’ without them being there to explain it. This online studio pin-up also required students to think about how their presentation ‘sold’ their work to the general public who could be looking at it - to perhaps think of presentations & assessments as a promotional opportunity. Ultimately it allowed students to think about how to communicate their research thinking & development concepts succinctly, clearly and in a more professional format, relevant to the fashion industry. It changed the perception of assessments & presentations for the students, it allowed them to communicate more effectively and with more thought - some even said it made the assessment an enjoyable activity. Perhaps most critically, it introduced greater ownership into the way they presented their projects. It also allowed them to present from wherever they were (important given that some lived in other cities, some were on work experience and others in the school) and for me to assess more flexibly because I could access the work all the time. Read Less
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