The Rationale (talking the talk vs walking the walk)

There is a DP Visual Arts Curriculum Review in progress at the moment, with a lot of art teachers voicing a lot of art teaching and art education concerns. Their voices are expressed through a lively and fascinating forum, with a lot of thoughts and opinions about art, art teaching, art issues, etc. A couple of recent posts relevant to examination experiences with the current course caught my eye. The authors of both posts are, like me, examiners of the Exhibition component.   1 My ...

Should there be student manufacture in IB Design Technology?

Hi there, I came across a great question in the OCC IB DT forum and thought it worthwhile discussing here - whether the Diploma Design Technology course should ensure that students are involved in the making and manufacture of a product? With the recent change in syllabus the guide states the following, and I suppose the question is whether this is educationally sound for student not to manufacture their product in whatever form: “Students are not required to manufacture their own prototype; however, ...

The Exhibition…A “coherent” body of works? /kə(ʊ)ˈhɪər(ə)ns,kə(ʊ)ˈhɪərəns

Those of you who like to read IBDP documentation will know that the visual arts guide refers to both a cohesive (page 51) and a coherent (page 56) body of work, in the context of the visual arts exhibition. Indeed, at one point during the curriculum review and development cycle as a final assessment criterion it was “cohesive”- but it evolved into “coherent” (Jayson P reminded me of this). In fact the old course (final examination session November 2015) referred to “a ...

COMPARING OLD AND NEW: 14 DIFFERENCES (part 1: today’s blog – the top 7)

In my last post, I wrote about the similarities between the old/current visual arts course and the new one starting any day now. You can find the post here.   However, there are also significant differences, so here I will discuss some of these. I have listed my first seven here. Some are obvious but others may not be. I am lining up another set of differences between the current and the new course for a future blog post. Stay tuned!   DIFFERENCES BETWEEN OLD/CURRENT AND NEW ...

Welcome

I would like to say a very big welcome to the Oxford Study Courses Ltd Biology blogging site. As you can see from my previous blogs; I have been writing for a little while and I encourage you to review my earlier posts as they cover a variety of topics that you may find of interest and useful in supporting both your teaching (teacher focus) and learning (student focus) in the Biology Diploma. The purpose of these blogs are therefore twofold: To provide ...

The new course, ‘augmented reality’ and crystal balls…

The new DP visual arts course was originally scheduled to start for May session schools (generally those in the northern hemisphere) in two years' time (August-September 2014), with the new guide being published approximately 6 months before (February 2014). This may still be the actual timeline, but for a number of reasons the launch of the new course may be postponed for a year or so. This has already been mentioned as a possibility by the OCC DP Visual Arts Forum Facilitator. Either ...

It’s all gone quiet

Sorry for my recent lack of blog posts - we have just had an inspection and focus has been elsewhere...... That said, I hope that normal business will now apply once again! I always keep an eye on Geoff Neuss' blog for 'Inthinking' - it makes good reading. One of his recentish postings was made with regards to the curriculum review of Chemistry. My intention is to focus my next few blog postings on the review process so far but in the ...

The end of the visiting examiner and the new visual arts course (again)

It is, I admit, a little confusing – the process of assessment is changing in the middle of the course, (insofar as the examiner will stop interviewing and the teacher will take over this role) and the course itself is soon to end before being reborn (phoenix like) in yet another incarnation. So it’s hardly surprising that the two issues get mixed up in some peoples’ minds. On the OCC teachers are still asking if the examiner is really not coming to ...

HELLO NEW VISUAL ARTS COURSE!

In 2014 teachers will start to teach the next version of the course. The course is still in the planning and development stage but teachers are encouraged to have their say about what they like or don't like about the current (admittedly rather sketchy) stage of the new course. There is a report outlining the current status of the new course (a 17 page pdf document available on the OCC) as well as a questionnaire that seeks the views of visual arts ...

Harrier and Jaguar Fighter Jets in Tate Britain by Fiona Banner: nothing new, then?

Well, that might be a little harsh. On the other hand, as my students would be quick to point out, in her new jet fighter installation Fiona Banner didn't actually make anything, any more than Duchamp did almost a century earlier. "Can I put my motorbike in my exhibition? She put things that she never made into hers!" The current assessment criteria for IBDP visual arts refer (among other things) to technical competence, but not to installations, the use of found objects, or ...