Publication Presentation

Yesterday I presented research from my publication, Work-based Learning, Web Media Production & the Social Media sector: A case study at the Middlesex University’s Institute for work-based learning. Below is the presentation.

Publication: Work-based Learning for the Creative Industries

Today my case study article for is published in the journal Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning. The article, ‘Work-based learning for the creative industries: A case study of the development of BA (Hons) web design and social media’, highlights the knowledge and insight gained building a work-based learning (WBL) degree apprenticeship developed through the Higher Education Funding Council for England Catalyst Fund.

In the summer of 2014 Ravensbourne, a UK university sector institution specialising in the fields of design and digital media, was invited by Creative Skillset to explore the development of a work-based learning (WBL) degree through the HEFCE Catalyst Fund. Requirements of the funding stipulated that, in addition to WBL provision, the course should be offered as a two-year fast-track. This was required to help reduce the increased financial burden placed on students, which arose from the substantial rise in HE tuition fees sanctioned by the UK coalition government in 2010. Subsequently, the newly elected Conservative government have pledged to substantially increase the number of apprenticeships in UK. This has placed a greater emphasis on the Higher Apprenticeship programme and need to develop WBL programmes. Continue reading

YouTube Conference presentation – “Hello, YouTubers”

I recently gave my YouTube Conference presentation at Middlesex University entitled, “Hello, YouTubers” – Geriatric1927 and the deployment of self-created content and online sharing in retirement. In the United Kingdom, the retired population is rising and statistics show that growing numbers are using digital technology and the internet for more than search functions and buying goods online. Indeed, a small number are creating and sharing self-created content on platforms such as YouTube. This is a section of society often ignored in qualitative internet research. This presentation case studies the retired vblogger, Peter Oakley, who was interviewed as part of a wider examination into how retirees create and share content on the internet.  Continue reading