Deeply moved? The problem of motivation and recruitment in the Creative Industries

Could the creative industries help their recruitment of new entrants by examining and manipulating the dynamics of motivation within young people, and revisit the language we use to portray our world to them?

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The forgotten and future history of the Core Skills of VFX Repository

The original vision of an open and accessible online repository of training assets and documentation, raising standards of training in VFX universally, with donations from companies, training organisations and Universities alike seems further off now than a few years ago. What might this say about the industry to learners who want to belong? You’ve probably…

Rubble Trouble: World Building without a hard hat

Before pixels, both Architects and VFX artists were physical model makers. Today, they have each have made the transition to planning and constructing digitally, using similar if not identical software to create hugely detailed virtual environments towards different ends. VFX Course Leader Saint John Walker and Associate Professor in Architecture Jonathan Ellis-Miller have started collaborating…

The 8 (or 9) Studio Habits of VFX

We need to stretch the definition of VFX away from being a ‘guns for hire’ service industry for films to an art that can imagine and build new worlds that exist in their own right. The 8 Studio Habits of Mind can help us do this.

Cognitive Surplus and cognitive deficit: experience isn’t everything

The concept of Clay Shirky’s Cognitive Surplus is a seductive one as expounded in his 2010 book, subtitled Creativity and Generosity in a connected age. Thanks to the networked world of new media we now all have the potential to donate the spare time we usually donate to leisure pursuits or more pointedly, passively consuming…

The Digital Scholar course

For 4 weeks in July 2016 I was a student on the online Digital Scholar course, led by the Geneva Learning Foundation, in partnership with the University of Illinois College of Education and Learning Strategies International (LSi). I successfully applied to join (it wasn’t open in that sense) as I wanted a parallel component to my HEA fellowship studies that gave me insights…

How to earn the HE Industry Dialogue Badge

Introduction: This text gives the specifications for the badge, listing all its technical aspects. This is how you earn it. This badge is a research prototype designed to Open Badge standards. It carries no credits and is not accredited or verified by me or my University employers. However, the badge has real value, being endorsed…

How I badgered and badged HE: my plan to offer an Open Badge

As part of my Action Research project I’m launching a Badge according to Open Badge specifications. Well actually I’m only issuing the badge- I’m not awarding it. It’s not about me, it’s about investigating the dynamics of motivation, reward and inertia in qualifications and credentials. I intend to investigate how the development of Open Badges…

Smoke, Mirrors and Badges: thoughts on HE and Open Badges

One of the elements that is often missing from the more theoretical Open Badges literature is that of the user’s motivation and willingness to learn. It’s easy to assume Badges will gamify people or make material the pathways of learning that the user never visualised before, without the learner having to lift a finger. To…

Is Student Power the way to get Universities interested in Open Badges?

I’ve been researching Open Badges (and other forms of digital credentialing) for a while now, and have been curious why they have not yet found a firm niche within Higher Education. I’d suggest part of the answer is Universities are generally resistant to the philosophy of Openness that is enshrined within Open Badges. The University business…

How I survived the Open Badgeocalypse

2025: It was 3 years after the Badgocalypse, when the whole of human experience had been carved up by the corporations. As it was a Saturday, I awoke to find out I’d already earned two badges- one for above average REM from a healthcare agency, and the other for punctuality from my employer, as I’d…