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Changing Faces of Student Scholarship

Faculty of Arts SE Forum, 05/06/14
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Changing Faces of
Student Scholarship
& Curriculum Design

Faculty of Arts
Student Education Forum
05/06/14

Dr Rafe Hallett
Student Behaviours Online

Assembly
Appropriation
Assimilation
Aesthetics

Collection, Curation & Display
Collective Knowledge
Collaboration
Creativity (posting, re-posting)

Followers, tags, likes, and notes' = impact of identity

Originality = re-mix, re-assembly, adaptation and (sometimes) novelty

Students as 'Bricoleurs'

Scholars, intellectuals, and bricoleurs
Stephen Papson
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education published online 20 May 2013

"bricolage is a functional response to both
the increasing velocities of information flows and the breakdown of cultural hierarchies"

"Bricolage allows for a creative playfulness. Through incongruous juxtaposition it constantly extends itself beyond boundaries."

"it is not the act of bricolage that is an issue,
but whether or not the bricoleur has the intellectual depth to produce a meaningful sophisticated whole"

"This contingency concept – adapting one’s techniques and methods to the situation at hand – is probably more fruitful than an approach that mposes one particular solution for all possible situations"
(Verjans, 2003, p 15).

If one calls
bricolage
the necessity of borrowing one's concept from the text of a heritage which is more or less coherent or ruined, it must be said that every discourse is
bricoleur
.

Jacques Derrida, "Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences"
Writing and Difference
, 278-294

Bricolage as a way of life – improvisation and
irony in information systems
Steven Verjans

Bricolage defined as a research method since 90s (using Levi-Strauss' original metaphor), emphasising the use of diverse 'tools-at-hand' to gather and mix knowledge and methods from different contexts and disciplines. It implies flexibility, interdisciplinarity but also a context-based convenience of using what is ready to hand, rather than specialising in particular silos of knowledge or sticking to conventional research 'schools' and methods.

Are students adopting this research method as they prepare for University?

"Our students are certainly more adept bricoleurs than we are. They are creative assemblers. They learn by appropriating culture, dismantling and putting it back together... teens are comfortable sampling, ripping, mashing, and remixing as well as multitasking."

"Authors remix. The text is an
intertext or a hypertext or just a never-ending process. The Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0 proclaims, ‘‘process is the new god; not product’’ (Presner et al.,
2009).

Intelligence is defined as a collective entity spread across the web and inhabiting the electronic
network.

Bricolage allows for a creative playfulness. Through incongruous juxtaposition it constantly extends
itself beyond boundaries. Loose allusions open up channels of interpretation limited by more 'rigorous' analysis...

Perhaps it is not the act of bricolage that is an issue, but whether or not the bricoleur has the intellectual depth to produce a meaningful sophisticated whole

Bricolage, as
a mode of inquiry and a production practice, correlates neatly with the power of
the digital to reproduce, de-contextualize, and remix into new forms
HIST2550 Research Collaboration:
Diversifying Student Outputs
From Lone Scholar to connected 'Bricoleur'?
A transformed culture of reading
Curriculum Design that Responds to and Shapes Student Scholarship
Student Performance: Employer Expectations
Rewards
Liberal Arts Programme
An Assessment Revolution?
The Online Curator = The Student Creator?
Multi-Platform Research
'Bricolage'
A method of using available tools and 'tinkering' with diverse resources, information and methods to produce outputs.
Our students are certainly more adept 'bricoleurs' than we are. They are creative assemblers. They learn by appropriating culture, dismantling and putting it back together... students are comfortable sampling, ripping, mashing, and remixing as well as multitasking.

Papson, S.,
Intellectuals, Scholars, Bricoleurs
, (May 2013)
A method marked by:
Improvisation
Contingency
Assembly and juxtaposition
Plural methods, media and platforms
Originality as creative appropriation

http://charlmalan.tumblr.com/
A new aesthetic: hyper-visualisation of interests, themes, resources
Dominant culture of online assembly and exhibition of collectively produced knowledge

Following, liking, noting, tagging: new forms of citation and approval
190 million blogs
80 million users
Discovery Themes
Digital Literacy
Intellectual and professional flexibility
Claude Levi-Strauss (1966)
Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari (1970s)

1990s and 2000s:
Formalised as a research method:
Denvir & Lincoln; Kincheloe
"Writing and reading have become the solitary acts of social beings.
And we all know how social beings tend to regard solitary acts – as perversities, if not outright perversions"
"When we go online, we enter an environment that promotes cursory reading, hurried and distracted thinking, and superficial learning"
Nicholas Carr,
The Shallows: what the internet is doing to our brains
(2011)
Will Self,
The Guardian
, 4th May, 2014
10 Themes that
allow students to experiment with other disciplines and discourses.

All new modules to offer multi-platform collaboration and outputs
Interdisciplinary
pathways through 6 major topics

Assembling modules across Arts, PVAC,
ESSL, LUBS


Think Tank Module: knowledge in relation to multiple contexts, audiences and debates
Embedded placements
Suite of modules training students to adapt and refine their digital behaviour in relation to scholarship
Essays
Exams...
to
Projects
Collaborative work
Online discussion
Multi-media outputs
Public engagement
From online bricolage to refined student scholarship...?
A student journey
?
http://www.pinterest.com/arnicas/
Prof David Platten, Pro-Dean for Student Education,
Faculty of Arts
Dr Adam Cathcart, Lecturer in Chinese History, University of Leeds
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/qat/policyprocedures/digital-strategy.html
Digtial Strategy for Student Education
Online Digital Literacy Module

The Digital Student

The Digital Professional

Multiple ICS Discovery Modules
But how should we
expect
our students to read?
and then what else...
Personal & Professional Development


Media Culture & Creativity


Enterprise & Innovation


Religion, Ethics & Law


Sustainability


Mind & Body


Power & Conflict


Exploring the Sciences


Technology & its Impacts


Languages & Cross-Cultural Communication





A new digital craftmanship?
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