Last night a small group of us met again online and chatted through our concerns with the course, learning, feedback, lack of it, personal photography work and other things.
The main points for me were as follows.
- It can be very confusing when we receive conflicting advice from different parts of OCA. In particular, posting other people’s images on our blogs rather than providing links, which may infringe copyright law. A few people have got round this by making their blogs private as some tutors asked for images to be included. After some discussion it was thought that the general advice on the OCA forum is to avoid posting images. I also recall reading that we are advised NOT to make our blogs private unless we feel very strongly that we wanted to. I wish OCA’s advice on this was consistent, rather than leaving it up to individual tutors.
- The other conflicting advice is whether or not we are able to post tutor’s feedback on our blogs. Again, I wish there was firm and consistent advice about this. If we are being encouraged to have open blogs, and therefore being asked to take risks about publishing our thoughts and opinions, then it makes sense for the tutor’s remarks to be public too. If, on the other hand, we are to be encouraged to keep our work private it makes sense to keep the tutor’s remarks private as well. I think there are pros and cons for both sides of the argument. I would say that some of my TAOP blog has been viewed quite a lot so someone somewhere is getting something out of it. Whether or not that is a good thing is debatable.
- However, since I am still waiting for feedback on A1 I can only guess as to what will come my way and will deal with specific issues as and when they arise.
- Another issue with UVC as a course is the depth we should go into and the time it ought to take. Many of the subjects we cover are extremely difficult and even obtuse. But this is only a level 1 course and it is well to remember that. It would be helpful to have some, even a hint of advice over this. Without feedback I am at a loss.
- I know from speaking to everyone else I need to look at the Harvard way of referencing because I have not been doing it correctly.
- Finally, I have been thinking about the word ‘annotation’ as we are asked specially to annotate – and trying to reconcile that word with my tendency to work things out (and habit of) thinking through my writing, and how that fits with advice, in response to a question I asked about writing sentences rather than notes, from my new tutor. I will look at the link we’re given about annotation and try to work it out!
Maybe I should have just done Context and Narrative like everyone else!