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Digital Reflection: Using digital technologies to enhance and embed creative processes

Alec Clegg Studio, Stage@leeds University of Leeds
4 July 2011 10:00-16:00
This collaborative event, supported by PALATINE and the Art Design Media Subject Centre (ADM-HEA), will look at ways in which digital technologies are being used within teaching and learning practice to help students engage in creative forms of reflection upon practice.

In the performing and visual arts, where work is often practice-based and related to creative outputs, the use of technology as a mechanism to enhance reflection is of particular importance, given the ephemerality of many of the projects produced by students and the complex collaborative processes undergone to achieve them. Capturing these processes and thus facilitating deeper reflection on behalf of the student-artist is often time consuming, resource-hungry and technologically demanding and this clearly hinders progress. Finding an appropriate platform for the archiving and dissemination of creative processes (if they are in some way captured using new technologies) is also a major challenge and yet there is great potential, both for tutors and potential employers, to have access to students’ reasoned and organised reflection on what is frequently a messy and intuitive practice.

Some key questions the event may consider include:

  • What technologies are available to us to exploit the relationship between creativity and reflection?
  • What virtue is there in finding analogous creative assessments to facilitate reflection on creative practice? Could they stand alone as reflective assignments, or must they be accompanied by writing?
  • How far is digital literacy a determining factor in the success of these kinds of alternative assessment? And how do we support such literacy?
  • What scope for reflection do the simple parameters of image, text, transition, sound and juxtaposition offer the student?
  • When does documentation become reflective and what is the role of technology in this transformation?

Attendance at this event is free for colleagues in UK higher education. For people outside UK HE there is a charge of £50, though priority will be given to HE colleagues. For more information about the event, including booking and a draft programme, please go to the website below.

Booking deadline: 30 June 2011

Provisional Programme

9.00 - 10.00  
Registration and refreshments

10.00-10.30 Introduction
Jonathan Pitches (Chair in Theatre and Performance, School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds) and Carole Kirk (Project Assistant - Digitalis, University of Leeds)

10.30-11.00 Dance TRACES: the blog as reflective tool
Sarah Whatley (Professor of Dance and Director of Research, ICELAB, Coventry School of Art and Design, Coventry University)


Modelling the self with Motion Capture
Darren Tunstall (Lecturer in Acting, University of Central Lancashire)


Collective Body disembodied; interrelationship of the physical and the digital in an international collaborative student project
Clare Charnley (Senior Lecturer, Fine Art, Leeds Metropolitan University)

12.15-12.30 Discussion

12.30-13.30 Lunch (stalls/posters)

13.30-14.30 Mini-presentations and demonstrations from stall-holders

14.30-15.00 Experiential Thinking and Reflecting
Peter Matthews (Art and Design Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University)

15.00-15.15 Refreshments

Plenary discussion
Jonathan Pitches (University of Leeds)

16.00         Close

Contact Name:
Barbara Hargreaves
Contact Telephone:
01524 592614
Contact Email:

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