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Devising an e-learning model for the teaching of traditional crafts such as ceramics

Travis, Joseph Alan (2016) Devising an e-learning model for the teaching of traditional crafts such as ceramics. Masters thesis (MA), Manchester Metropolitan University.


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This dissertation presents theoretical and practical arguments behind running an e-learning course focused on teaching hands-on craft skills. It references the history and development of e-learning from its roots in distance learning at the National Extension College. Interviews with working crafts people have enhanced the available literature in the field concerning the teaching of hands-on skills, in order to provide a rounded view of how people learn to make ceramics. This dissertation outlines how skills are currently taught in the field, surveying post-compulsory education and film media. This is provided through case studies covering three teaching establishments, each with its own goals and agendas. Films are reviewed for insights pertaining to narrative forms and teaching opportunities. This dissertation discusses the use of film, live streaming and Pinterest in teaching the next generation of craft makers. These elements are further studied to propose e-learning materials to teach craft skills and support the learning process. There is also an exploration of film-making with the development of films from simple unedited lessons to highly edited narratives about the creation of pottery. Finally, this dissertation outlines a model for teaching craft skills in an e-learning environment. In order to achieve this, it discusses how web-2.0 interfaces and social media may help support a community of learners within an e-learning course.

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