For the OER course I was given the task of C – UNESCO and I found some information about UNESCO and then how to make the course more international. Firstly, I think that if you want to make the course more open and international, you can post links to these courses on social media platforms and use networking to connect students from all over the world who want to participate in the course. I would recommend social media platforms such as Pinterest, Behance or Insagram, which are very well known and have a lot of artists and art students, so you can promote the course better. Secondly, I would suggest that although the course is Drawn from the City ARTX08058, which is about the city of Edinburgh, to make it more international, you could allow students who take the online course to create their own work on the theme of their hometown and post it on social media, with feedback and suggestions from the teacher and free comments from other students. This would not only enrich the content, but also give students a taste of different cultures and in a way promote tourism and exchange between countries.
After visiting the workshop, I learnt that it is an organisation that supports production, research and learning, but also provides a platform for artists to share their work with an audience. Not only does it provide a venue for artists to craft their work, but it also attracts a wide range of people from different backgrounds to engage with art and unleash creativity. After visiting and experiencing a few small tasks, the one I was most impressed with was the use of wood to do some work. Because I used to love making installations, but I didn’t try it many times because of the space, but this place is different, it really appeals to me, with all the equipment and the wide space, it really attracts me to want to make something I like and focus on Making.
What I think has gone well in the last two weeks is the Art Assignment, which I found most interesting. I chose Sarah Ulrist Green’s project and based on the information on the website I chose the theme Constructed Landscape, which I was interested in, to work on. In fact, there are other assignments on the website that I found very interesting, such as Make It Break It and Photo Your Friend, which are some of the clever ideas that you can find in life. I think the assignment went very well. Then there was the OER, where we discussed how to make the course more open and international, we brainstormed and discussed everyone’s ideas and I was able to understand every different opinion, which was a very interesting process. Finally there was the workshop, which was a new experience for me. I hadn’t known about art-making workshops like this before, let alone visited and experienced them, and it was a wonderful experience to be there listening to the presentations and doing the crafts. So those are the three things that I feel are going really well.
The biggest challenge for me this week would have to be task C in the OER. At first, as I wasn’t able to open the UNESCO website smoothly, I then enlisted Jake’s help. In fact, there was so much information and news about them that I felt very short of time in the class to quickly browse and prepare my presentation to my peers. I overcame this difficulty by quickly skimming through the information and then targeting keywords and then reading in detail, which really helped me.