Thinking Creativity

Written by Paula Serafini, PhD Candidate, Culture, Media & Creative Industries

‘Thinking Creativity’, a King’s Interdisciplinary Experience Award, began as a response to an open call for new Knowledge Exchange Associates (KEA).

A group of us responded as PhD students in the department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, with an idea for a module that would explore the idea of creativity from different angles, and in different settings. This idea came about as a result of the interdisciplinary nature of our department, which stands somewhere between the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences, and from discovering that what brought together all of our research projects and interests was the notion of creativity.

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With this in mind, we designed a module that looked at creativity from the point of view of media and technology, labour, crafts, politics, art history, and social research. The team at the Learning Institute had a very positive response to our proposal, and was eager to give PhD students an opportunity to design and run their own module.

The process of designing the module and preparing it for approval by the College was hard work, as even though it was an extra-curricular module, it had to comply with the standard requisites of any module at King’s. We therefore had to think of aims and outcomes, criteria for assessment, and most importantly, the level of content for the module – both in terms of lectures and readings.

We successfully presented the module at two approval meetings at King’s, and always had support from the KEA team throughout the process. Support was also given for the recruitment and enrolment processes, and for managing our KEATS space. Once assignments were in, we attended one final meeting at which results were reviewed by a board of examiners which controlled the assessment results.

Designing, convening, and teaching the King’s Interdisciplinary Experience Award ‘Thinking Creativity’ was an incredibly rich experience as an early career researcher. It provided me with the opportunity to go through the entire process for validating a module, thus acquiring invaluable experience as an educator. Also, it gave me an opportunity to teach on topics of my choice, and to have control over the format and dynamic of sessions, allowing me in this way to begin shaping my own style and ethos as a teacher.

Find out more about the King’s Experience Interdisciplinary Awards and the Thinking Creativity module.

King’s Learning Institute – Student Engagement Internships

4 Postgraduate interns needed! An exciting internship opportunity which involves assisting with research and interviews has come up. The King’s Learning Institute is looking for interns to provide ideas and outputs to enhance the King’s postgraduate student experience. Tasks will be varied and will involve working on various projects and with different focus groups and other King’s students. Duration is 9 weeks, on a part time basis for 25-30 hours per month. Payment is £10 per hour. The starting date is 26th January, hours are flexible and the project will run through the end of March with some additional opportunities in April.

For further details and to apply, please click here. The closing deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 23rd January.

Student Services Engagement Interns (x4)

The King’s Learning Institute seek 4 more current King’s students to help develop their Student Services Engagement project. This is an opportunity to apply your existing skills in a new situation and receive training in basic social science research methods and qualitative data analysis.

Payment
£10 p/h

Dates and duration
Placements will start w/c 10th February and end 17th April 2014. Placements will be 6 hours a week and can be completed flexibly to accommodate students’ academic commitments. All students must be available on 10th February for an induction.

Application deadline
Friday 31st January 2014

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x4 Internship positions available at King’s Learning Institute

The King’s Learning Institute seek 4 current King’s students to help develop their King’s Experience project. This is an opportunity to apply your existing skills in a new situation and receive training in basic social science research methods and qualitative data analysis. These internships involve various project activities around the King’s Experience initiative and are available to students from each of the Clinical Health, Social Sciences, Sciences and Arts and Humanities disciplines.

Dates and duration
Placements will start on 27th January and finish mid-April 2014. Placements will be part-time and flexible (5-7 hours a week or 25-30 hours per month) to accommodate students’ academic commitments.

Payment – £10 p/h

Application deadline – Thursday 23rd January 2014

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