Dr Paul Lowe, Course Director of the Masters Programme in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, has been announced as a Keynote Speaker and Workshop Presenter for the IAFOR Hawaiian Conference Series 2016.
Dr Lowe will be speaking at The IAFOR International Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2016 – Hawaii, The IAFOR International Conference on Language Learning 2016 – Hawaii , and The IAFOR International Conference on Education 2016 – Hawaii. This interdisciplinary conference series will be held from Friday, January 8th – Monday, January 11th, 2016, at the Hawai’i Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.
The abstract submission deadlines for these conferences is September 1, 2015 — submit your abstract.
Dr Paul Lowe
IICTCHawaii2016 Keynote Speaker
London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, UK
Keynote Presentation: Creating a collaborative experiential learning community for mid-career professionals at postgraduate level
This presentation will explore the creation of collaborative virtual learning spaces suited to the needs of globally distributed, mid-career professional practitioners, where individuals enhance their practice through interaction with their peers. This draws on the concepts of Wenger’s ‘communities of practice’ (CoP) (2002) and Schön’s ‘reflective practitioner’ (1983). I seek to produce critically aware practitioners, able to work to the highest professional standards, who understand the power of collaboration and co-creation in the digital age. The presentation explores the experience of developing an online MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. The course is practice-based and professional, and focused on a problem-based experiential approach to learning. Combining this with technology-enhanced social learning creates an environment where students, staff and visiting tutors share their reflections on their work in real time with their peers, leveraging and expanding their experiences as the basis of their learning, using a range of web 2.0 platforms. This design has been informed by Wenger’s ideas on creating ‘Digital Habitats’ (2009), where technology serves to enhance the ecology of learning by extending the potential for interaction and collaboration in a virtual world. The affordances of technology such as reflective blogs to enhance collaboration and peer review are leveraged to enhance the critical faculties and judgment of the participants. Schön’s concept of a ‘Practicum’ (1983) is central as an intermediate space between the worlds of work and study, fostering a community of practice that mirrors the larger professional community of photojournalism practice. Mapping and modeling this larger community prepares students for entry into the profession. Live web conferencing allows us to interact with the cohort and visiting faculty in real time, using images, presentations, web pages, live text, audio and video in one browser window. All lectures, seminars and tutorials are delivered in this way; combining the energy and involvement of face-to-face teaching with the flexibility of location afforded by a virtual environment. This is real ‘situated learning’, the practitioner is able to physically live ‘in the story’, working on their projects in the field but getting real-time support from their peers and mentors.
Workshop Presentation: The flow of learning
In this workshop, Dr Paul Lowe will outline a range of learning strategies he uses in his innovative practice based Masters course on Photography and in his work with PhD students and early career researchers at the University of the Arts London. Dr Lowe draws on a variety of approaches drawn from experiential learning, sports coaching, performance management and personal development to break down the process of learning and developing new skills and refining and improving existing ones. He emphasises how to assess current levels of ability, identify strengths and weaknesses, and then close ability gaps that limit performance. His approach is based around combining a community of practice approach with the concepts of flow states to provide a deep learning experience that is eclectic yet robust.
In the workshop you will learn a variety of strategies of skill and personal development such as greasing the groove, the grind, and the white belt mentality, as well as experiment with several personal assessment tools including performance wheels.
Paul is the Course Director of the Masters Programme in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. He was responsible for the development and launch of a new part time mode of the course delivered entirely online using web conferencing, blogs and the VLE, launched in 2008. Paul is an award-winning photographer, whose work is represented by Panos Pictures, and who has been published in Time, Newsweek, Life, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Observer and The Independent amongst others. He has covered breaking news the world over, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, Nelson Mandela’s release, famine in Africa, the conflict in the former Yugoslavia and the destruction of Grozny.
He is a consultant to the World Press Photo foundation in Amsterdam, on online education of professional photojournalists in the majority world. His book, Bosnians, documenting 10 years of the war and post war situation in Bosnia, was published in April 2005 by Saqi books. He regularly contributes to international and national conferences in Photography, Media and Education, and has published chapters in edited books on these themes as well.