Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Production: Creative Media Badges 5

There are lots of things to thank Mrs. DG for but I don't normally go public on those. In this case I can genuinely say that without her help today I would not have got the subjects of this (and the next) post sorted as well or as quickly as I have done. Which just goes to show that collaboration is a vital element of creation (and of course that Mrs DG is a wise and wonderful human being).
Sometimes collaboration is arm's length - Ewan Macintosh's blog has been helpful: he and his colleagues are exploring the idea of Design Thinking in the classroom and I have applied some of his principles to my specific need. But sometimes collaborative dialogue is needed and Mrs. DG has been giving just that. She is both a teacher and a learner designer. She has fairly recently begun to take her long-term interest in jewellery-making more seriously. She has immersed herself in blogs, books and supplier's sites. She has synthesized some of the ideas she has collected and designed prototypes and produced  a variety of beautiful artefacts. So today when I asked her how she could judge when a product is well-made a lengthy conversation ensued about finishing. All kinds of interesting phrases flew around -'attention to detail'  'utilising knowledge and skills' and 'fitness for purpose' amongst them.
Writing Stargets for the previous phases, I evolved a technique whereby I write what I believe is the simplest evidence of achievement and then the most advanced I might expect. The  middle StarGet then virtually writes itself. But this one was quite a conundrum until I realised that I was muddling finishing work with evaluation. Judging the quality of finish was going to be something beyond the scope of the badge system as I envisage it;  it depends on far too many variables.  Then I realised, too, that in adopting the terminology of Design Thinking, I had somehow missed the fact that what was under discussion here was Production. The aspect of production most learners pay inadequate attention to is promotion. This isn't surprising really as they are used to their teachers displaying their work for them. But promotion is essential if you want an audience for your work... and if you don't, why bother making work public at all? As soon as this blog post is finished, I shall Tweet it @magiclanternman, put it on my Facebook page, Google+ it and add it to my Scoop-it page. I know I get more hits when I comment on other people's blogs too. I probably ought to do more but life is short.
So the Production StarGets go like this:
*    You have edited, completed and saved your project.
How many times have I heard "I know I saved it last week". Now I'll just ask "can we award a badge without evidence"...
**  You have exported and shared your work in a suitable format.
Project files produced by media software are rarely suitable for sharing...
***  You have promoted your project and collected feedback.
We'll use Google Apps to do both these things initially...

In case you haven't noticed I've added a Badges page to this blog. If this sequence of posts is useful to you please comment... Unless, of course, your life is too short.