Draw something every day

Drawing of teasel headObservational drawing Aim to find at least 5 minutes each day to draw something from direct observation.  Don’t worry if you think you can’t draw because the point is not the finished product but the process of observing something carefully and in detail (some tips to help with this at the end of this page.)

This activity is good for developing your observational skills, or to make a record of key features of an object or place, while the focussed attention is also a calming, meditative activity. Continue reading

Timelines, story boards and comic strips

page from Comics are research

Al-Jawad M. Comics are Research: Graphic Narratives as a New Way of Seeing Clinical Practice. Journal of Medical Humantities. February 2013

Drawing gives us a way to explore and play with the sequence of events. Formats such as annotated timelines and storyboards (short comic strips) can help us visualise and communicate ideas about what has happened in the past or to project into the future. Continue reading

Mapping ideas, processes and places

mindmap exampleYou may already be familiar with mind mapping to plan essays or organise your lecture notes (see also Make your notes more visual).  Mind mapping can also help you -individually or with fellow students – to build up a ‘bigger picture’ of complex systems or subjects. Unlike text which is read in a linear sequence, mind maps and diagrams allow a great deal of information to be taken in simultaneously. Continue reading

Learning To Look: a photography course for medical students

“It has made me look, listen and think. Alerted all my senses to hopefully make me a better doctor…”

Learning to Look was located in the Brighton & Sussex Medical School. In conjunction with the Brighton Photo Biennial, LearnHigher and Inqbate CETLs funded a photography course designed to develop medical students’ observation skills. The course used the practice and theory of photography to explore the connections between the skills needed to practice medicine, particularly diagnosis, and those needed to produce photographs. Students were encouraged to analyse the relationship between medicine and art, and to recognise the transferability of their skills across both fields. Continue reading

Winckler: Digital Photography Project

Learn Higher provided funding for two digital Fuji SLRs and an Apple Mac to support a project involving 62 students over two semesters as part of an elective module in Digital Photography for students from Information Studies/Information Management, Media & Communication, and Communication & Digital Media courses. None of these students study photography as a main subject; instead the courses are ‘theory heavy’ and essay/exam based, and the students have few opportunities or outlets to explore their own creativity. Continue reading