Project Summary

Project Summary

Contexts, Culture and Creativity: Enriching E-Learning in Dance (CCC-EED) aims to produce digital educational resources that promote exciting and high quality interactive learning for students in Dance Studies.  Resources will enhance student-centred learning and maximize the use of rich digital resources and archive collections.

Drawing upon the expertise of academic staff in Dance in the School of Arts and the archive staff in the National Resource Centre for Dance at theUniversity of Surrey, the project team provides a unique combination of experience in content management, interpretation and creative pedagogy. They will build upon the capacity of existing digital dance archive materials by creating new digital content and utilising innovative learning technologies in the development of these new online learning resources and materials.

With the support of an E-Learning Tutor and Project Assistant, the project will digitise approximately 3,500 diverse items from the NRCD collections, use them to create online learning packages, trial these with student users and evaluate their impact in the context of historical, cultural and practical knowledge in dance education. From a core group of teaching modules involving both creative practice and critical understandings of dance, these learning objects will be adapted in response to user feedback and evaluation findings with an aim to stimulate creative user interaction suitable for assessment.

Subsequent outcomes from the project include delivery of workshops to other HE institutions (HEIs), tutor engagement and sharing of best practice, and additional e-learning packages that will be made freely available via the Digital Dance Archives and Visual Arts Data Service websites. Resources developed for University of Surrey’s virtual learning environment will be easily reusable by other HEIs and available for free download and via JORUMOpen.

The project commenced in November 2011 and will run until January 2013.  University of Surrey staff involved in its development and management are: Professor Rachel Fensham, Dr Melissa Borelli-Blanco, Anne Irving, Jennifer Jackson, Dr Jean Johnson-Jones, Dr Efrosini Protopapa, Dr Inma Álvarez and Sharon Maxwell, Mike Reed and Helen Roberts from the NRCD.

CCC:EED has been funded as part of JISC Strand A Digitisation & open educational resources (OER).

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