A Story of Cheating

In a recent visual arts workshop, we had a lot of discussions about academic honesty and how to detect plagiarism, and one of the teachers described this encounter: One of his students returned to school after the summer break with an absolutely outstanding artwork – big, colourful, complex, clever and thought-provoking. …and completely unlike (and better than) anything the student created in the entire first year. Academic honesty alarm bells started ringing loudly for our teacher. He asked the student to show the ...

What is VACAF?!

What's VACAF? It's an acronym that stands for Visual Arts Coursework Authentication Form. (Those of you who either regularly visit the OCC or have an on-the-ball DP Coordinator will know about it). ***Not to be confused with VACAF camping holidays in France (CAF: ”Caisse d’Allocation Familiale“) PPF - That was Then There used to be a requirement for schools to submit a planning and progress form (PPF or to be precise 6/VAPPF) for each visual arts candidate whose work was selected for the IA sample. It’s ...

“ideals and ideas”

I’d been invited to prepare a presentation on service learning to my school’s leadership team. We were discussing a proposal to make community service an ‘expectation’ for all graduating seniors. It was 1996, the pre power-point era, and my supporting visuals were slides for an OHP. For digital natives - that’s an Over Head Projector. As I entered the conference room the Head of Science slipped me a newspaper clipping. “You gotta read this,” he said, “it will help your argument!” I did ...

Science in Action

Yet another great sound bite from the BBC (I know, it has been a bit of a theme lately! :lol: ) Science in Action is a BBC World Sevice programme that is always worth a listen: Click here to listen to this weeks edition It covers has a wide variety of  articles ranging from 'Malaria Eradication' and 'Lizard Extinction' to 'Moments of Genius'. Well worth a listen! I am also fairly optimistic that all you non UK readers will be able to hear this one ...