It is seven weeks today since the curated week of the Festival of Creative Learning (19th – 23rd February) started and we are already well along with planning for the 2019 Festival. Jennifer and I are still processing the feedback and evaluations from the week and aiming to refine our processes and resources over the summer, but early indications suggest it was a great success! Compared to last year when we spent a whole week in ‘Festival Decompression’, locked away in a quiet room getting our heads round our first year at the helm, this year we only spent a half day planning our summer work priorities, suggesting we have now found our feet.
One of the creative outputs we commissioned for this year was a new Festival Film, expertly crafted by Archie Crofton. We are absolutely delighted with the result and strongly encourage you to watch and share widely as a celebration of one of many great initiatives at the University of Edinburgh. The full film is available on Mediahopper. Alongside the film, we also invested in a full portfolio of photos from many events, captured by expert photographer Mihaela Bodlovic. A selection of these photos have or will be shared on our social media channels over the coming weeks. View the first album of day one on our Facebook page.
It is always a pleasure to read the stories that appear in various creative formats from our Event Organisers. Some of them will be sharing with you directly over the coming months via this blog, so stay tuned. Below are some examples of records that are available for your reading pleasure, providing an insight into some of the events and activities that took place during the week.
- Uncovering student learning behaviours at the Festival of Creative Learning by Neil Allison. An evaluation of the practical, introductory event: ‘Collaborative user research and design techniques for better student experiences’.
- Siege of Infosec – The Aftermath by David Creighton-Offord. An honest reflection on a particularly innovative event and linked to this earlier blog post.
- The fifth annual ‘Great Medico-Legal Debate’. A report on the debate considering issues of human rights and public health.
- Visualising the campus by James Lamb, showcasing photographs and summarising learning from the event: ‘The Mobile Campus: Imagining The Future of Distributed and Digital Education at The University of Edinburgh’.
- David Claerbout: Artist’s Talk. A full-length recording of a talk by ‘one of the most acclaimed and innovative artists working in the realm of moving-images today’.
- Learning with Lynda.com. A digital magazine celebrating the Festival with a theme of creativity.
Finally, in our organiser survey this year one of the questions was ‘If you were to tell a friend about what your most memorable experience was over the course of preparing for and delivering your event, what would it be?’ These are some of my personal favourites:
- Running around University campus carrying ice-cream mix, dry-ice and a large stand mixer.
- The event itself and the pleasant interaction with people, those who attended our event really were passionate about the topic, and that was great to see.
- The creation and strengthening of the community.
- It is very refreshing to be involved in academic dynamism and get to know people from different backgrounds.
Monitor our website for pop-up events taking place during the rest of the year.