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Inspiring connections: The student experience of an online creative arts journal

Hains-Wesson, 2012, Inspiring connections: The student experience of an online creative arts journal, Issues in educational research, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 263-282.

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Title Inspiring connections: The student experience of an online creative arts journal
Author(s) Hains-Wesson,
Journal name Issues in educational research
Volume number 22
Issue number 3
Start page 263
End page 282
Total pages 10
Publisher Western Australia Issues in Educational Research
Place of publication Perth W.A.
Publication date 2012-12-21
ISSN 0313-7155
1837-6290
Keyword(s) creative arts
Work-Integrated Learning
Work based Learning
Summary This study investigates the learning potential of students' experiences working as editors and publishers for a university's creative arts e-journal. The study is based on a project which aimed to strengthen creative arts students' graduate attributes and employability skills associated with interpersonal and written communication skills, specifically editing and e-publication. The participants were surveyed prior to and after e-publication of each issue of the journal over a two year period. The study focuses on students' and teachers' perceptions of participating in a non-graded, discipline-based work-integrated learning (WIL) activity. The data were analysed in order to explore students' and teachers' attitudes and responses to the challenges with participating in an e-publication process. The findings indicated that students chose to participate in the activity to address certain employability skills as well as desiring an authentic work-based challenge that enhanced the university experience. The results revealed that students require more guidance and informal set lesson plans. The teachers' responses indicated that the most important teaching methods were: (i) provide authentic communication to students and (ii) illustrate relevant industry experience. Recommendations are made for the careful implementation and integration of the online creative arts WIL project into the University's curriculum in order to: (i) connect WIL pedagogy, courses, policies and objectives in higher education, (ii) provide career and self development for WIL teaching and learning practices, and (iii) continually redevelop and evaluate the WIL activity in order to pursue accreditation.
Language eng
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052927

Document type: Journal Article
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