One of the questions that my project aims to answer is
How do the scenic art students engage with their chosen subject?
Having contact time with the students 4 days a week I can see if they are engaging with the work, if they are understanding the processes, the project and working well in a team or individually. I then feed this back to the lecturer and we talk through how to improve the students learning and what I can do to facilitate that.
The majority of the students time is taken up by the productions. They work from a 1:25 scale model piece or picture references given to them by the Production Designer. The shows provide the opportunities to develop skills and learn in a proffesional industry standard context. When the productions finish and there is a break before the next period begins the students are allowed to do personal projects. The projects are used to identify gaps in the students learning and portfolios and to tailor a project to fill these gaps. The students should be researching what they will be doing in this time during the production periods. Last academic year the lecturer and I had many moments when we discovered that the students weren’t using the learning resources available to them. They weren’t aware of the reading list or hadn’t looked at the videos on the RCS paperclip. They were engaging with the subject in the moment but not away from the workshops.
Now in the new academic year I wanted to touch base with the 2nd and 3rd year students on how they were using the learning resources available to them.
So I’ve set up a survey on survey monkey (i wanted to make one on word but i was told in harsh terms by my partner that i should embrace technology… idiot)
Question 1: This is to ascertain what resources they use.
- Paperclip is a wiki site created for RCS students that has a scenic art specific page that has some video tutorials and website links
- Scenic Art books – The Lecturer and I have our own collection of scenic art reference books or the students can use the RCS library
- Scenic Art Websites – This is scenic art specific websites that can be either suppliers that are good ref for materials and tools (e.g. Flints), industry professionals websites, or forums or how to tutorial websites
- YouTube – Videos on scenic art techniques, materials
- Serve Engine Results – This can be anything that the students can use to inform their practice that comes from search engine results
Q2: To gauge how often they use the resources. This should help me understand which resource they use the most so pointing the way to how the students prefer to learn.
Q3 : The one resource they find most useful and (Q4) why?
Q5 : I want the students to rate the available on resources (out of 5, with 5 being the highest) on three aspects
- Ease of access to information : Are the resources easy to find and use?
- Relevance of information : Is the information relevant to your study?
- Amount of Information : Is their enough information
Q6 : Comments on any of the resources
Q7 : This is a more direct section about whether the RCS is supplying enough learning resources.
Q8 : A reason for your answer
Q9 : One of the most important questions for the students to be very honest about what we can do better.
I’m looking forward to seeing the results, they are anonymous to help people feel like its less of a test.
Results to follow soon.