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 ...

The Digital Upload: FIVE DAYS LEFT

APRIL 10th is the deadline for your students’ work to be uploaded to IBIS - so at this point I’m hoping that by now everything has been finished and photographed/scanned etc - and either already uploaded to the IB or about to be uploaded. I uploaded the work for my students a few days ago. It’s the second time I have gone through this process and as usual it all went fairly smoothly, although I did have to contact IB Answers ...

HAPPY NEW YEAR! (and the DECEMBER GRADE AWARD!)

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m going to start my 2014 Blog with a quick look back to the most recent Visual arts grade award meeting, which occurred in Cardiff (Wales, UK) just before Christmas. Senior visual arts examiners together with the Chief and Deputy Chief examiners meet with the visual arts assessment team and the Subject Manager twice a year in Cardiff. We also had the pleasure of welcoming Charles, our December Grade Award teacher observer. (If you are interested in attending a ...

So…how was it for you darling? (part 2)

The results of the visual arts digital upload questionnaire are now out – over a thousand of us responded, and a massive 57% (503 teachers) have volunteered to participate in further consultations. More than a quarter of the teachers who responded found the upload process ‘extremely difficult’. At the opposite end, less than 1% actually found it ‘extremely easy’. I’m in that ‘less than 1%’ group, having found the whole thing smooth and easy – each candidate’s work took 15 mines to upload, ...

IBTV? video of the upload process

A recent exchange with Greg (see the comments following my last blog) has inspired me to give a bit of publicity to a related online resource - a small video of the digital upload process which appears as part of the 2012 IB Conference if the Americas There is a visual arts upload demonstration. There seems to be no sound, and it’s fairly low-res, but it might be helpful for those still struggling to anticipate the problems and issues that might occur ...

It’s assessment, Jim – but not as we know it (part 2)

Last post I referred to the upcoming changes to visual arts assessment as 'peripheral', but of course it’s less peripheral when you take into account the fact that the actual studio work and the actual investigation workbook pages will no longer be seen by an examiner. Teachers have complained about the ‘old’ paper CRB for many years, and have asked (also for many years) for a ‘new’ digital upload – a 21st century option rather than a 20th century one. So ...

Brave New World: the e-CRB

I’m currently involved in a correspondence on the OCC visual arts forum about the interview, exchanging posts with some teachers who feel that a video of the interview will give a better representation of the interview than an audio recording. I’m not sure that’s necessarily true, but either way the time it’s taking – to set up, record and edit - especially if you have a lot of students – is causing some angst and anguish. Also, they seem to think that ...

TEN STEPS TO CRB HEAVEN

At this time of the year - early March for schools in the northern hemisphere - many IBDP art teachers and their students are immersed in the frenetic and angst-inducing chaos that can result from preparing the Candidate Record. Booklet. Here are ten steps that might help to cut through some of the complexities... TEN STEPS TO CRB HEAVEN A suggested route to managing some of the complexities  of the Candidate Record Booklet, the duplicate CRB and Internal Assessment (with thanks to SueAnn ...