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SHOWCASE 24 – 28 October 2018

Whether you are a student, a tutor, an assessor, someone working in student support, or the person who manages student allocation, being involved with the Open College of the Arts is like being part of a big family, a family that has been together now for 30 years. Michael (later Lord) Young started the college with his vision for the creative arts to be taught at home; ‘We are challenging the orthodoxy that you can only teach the rudiments of art, craft and design in a studio.’ 30 years later, more than 50,000 people have studied with OCA, ranging in age from 18 to 80+.
SHOWCASE at the OXO Gallery on Bankside London, is the venue for an exhibition of work by foundation, under- and postgraduate students to celebrate this important 30th anniversary. The work illustrates the diverse and innovative ideas and creative output that students constantly produce during their studies, with examples from across all the subjects and courses. The work on display represents the breadth and depth of OCA’s courses, and represents the innovation and ambition of students who are all working at a distance.
SHOWCASE marks the launch of JUICE, a collaborative initiative between the University of the Creative Arts and OCA. JUICE, (the Journal of Useful Investigations in Creative Education) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that provides a supportive route to publishing for people who have something to say about creative education. It contains a multi-media collection of material that relates to, engages with, comments on and challenges educational practice. It gives a voice to those who are interested in creative approaches to teaching and supporting learning.
Come and see what you can be part of at gallery@oxo between the 24-28 October. SHOWCASE private view is on Thursday 25 October 6.30pm – 8.30pm. If you would like to attend please RSVP to coursesupport@oca.ac.uk

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Posted by author: Caroline Wright
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3 thoughts on “SHOWCASE 24 – 28 October 2018

  • I’m impressed to see accessibility difficulties being addressed by having the audio version available on the page. I’m new to OCA, is this standard? Assisted literacy is an interest of mine after many years working with adults with intellectual disabilities and others who simply struggle with reading.

  • Hi Suzanne, I’m glad to hear you like the audio versions. These are a first step, but we’re looking at producing all of our courses in various formats in future, including as audio versions like these.

  • I think that’s a real step forward in accessibility. So many people have reading problems, some of which are about disorders such as dyslexia, others may be to do with unfamiliarity with a language they speak well enough but don’t read, sometimes it’s missing out on educational opportunities, and occasionally an acquired brain injury. We experimented recently with putting QR codes leading to audio files of poems and short stories in an anthology, the idea being that, as they were mapped word-for-word, someone with reading problems could scan the QR and read along as they listened. The voice would help them over tricky words and keep the flow going – or in my case, make poetry something I could actually hear instead of galloping through it at a rate of knots! It might be a handy approach for some of your written materials, although you would need readers and online storage space for the files.

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