Sunday, 23 November 2014

Different journeys...same module

Picking up on themes emerging from your blogs, linked-in discussions and the one-to-one tutorials this week, I wanted to offer some generic support with regard to those of you on Module One.

Module One is all about you situating yourself within the framework of your own learning through reflection on your prior learning experiences.  We ask you to demonstrate this journey of self-reflection and understanding of where you are within your own professional practice by compiling a Portfolio.

Your portfolio is like a scrap book of you through your professional practice.
It includes:

  • your annotated CV 
  • your (main) Job Description
  • your AOLs including illustrations/evidence as appendices (80 credits)
  • your Review of Learning reflective essay (10 credits)
The Areas of Learning (AOLs) represent the areas of your professional experiences that have relevance to your current professional practice.  The AOLs offer you a way of demonstrating, through writing within an academic context, the learning that you have undertaken through prior professional experiences.  You present these AOLs (with illustration/evidence) to the university as part of your portfolio in order to demonstrate the level of prior professional experiences you have had as being equivalent to MA level (level 7).  It is through the AOLs that you are claiming academic credit via your prior professional practice for the first 80 credits of your MA.

Different Journeys:
We recognise, and enjoy that you have all had different prior experiences and therefore your portfolios will be as diverse in their content and presentation.  Imagine you are all set the task to bake a cake, you are all given a round tin to bake it in (a frame) but are relying on whatever's in your own cupboards for the ingredients.  You will all bake a cake, but everyone's ingredients will be different, so no two cakes will taste the same.

If you have prior learning experiences already accredited (by another awarding body/organisation) at level 7 (ie: MA credit from another institution, PGCE qualification) you can use this to make a claim directly for that specified level of credit.  As this is credit which has already been assessed and 'passed' to be at level 7 your claiming of it need not be as lengthy as an AOL for prior experience that has not been accredited previously.  It is more of a supportive claim statement which should detail the key  learning experiences of this accredited learning as relevant to your current professional practice (approx 1,000 words) and should be accompanied by the relevant certification for this accreditation (certificate and transcript).

If you have prior learning experiences which have already been accredited/approved by Middlesex University but do not stand directly within a formally recognised level 7 qualification (i.e: Fellowship status through the ISTD, QTS through Schools Direct route rather than PGCE) you can use these to make a claim for that agreed credit through making them the title of one AOL.  This AOL has direct reference to the learning of this prior experience and you use the AOL essay to demonstrate this learning within an academic context, and support with relevant certification/award.

Prior learning which you have identified through your professional experiences but which has not previously been accredited by another institution/organisation you use as the basis of your AOLs (titled as relevant to each area) in order to claim the relevant academic credit that you (and your advisor) feel the experience is equivalent to in academic terms.  You look to identify through these essays/claims/AOLs the prior learning that has been key to your professional practice.

So, you will have different numbers of AOLs at different credit levels depending on your different prior experiences and that's great!

Hopefully that's a little clearer all round?  Do use your Module Handbook (Review of Learning) to support you in the process too, it does outline the process of claiming through AOLs.

Speak at our next group Skype call on Dec 7th (11am or 5.30pm UK time) if not before!


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Transmission Performance Symposium

Middlesex University Dance Dept is hosting a one day symposium on Saturday Dec 13th at the London campus

The works of Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Anna Sokolow, Robert Cohan and Mark Franko will be presented in performance in extending the debate around re-staging works.

Please do come if you can, follow the link below to book -
I think it will be really interesting day and insightful for much of your research.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014


Feeding on from our last group skype call, I said I would post deadlines for drafts for you to help with your own timelines or check-lists of what needs doing when.

We have set a date for you sending us a last draft ahead of submission for 

This gives us time to read and feedback before taking a break over the holiday period (Dec 19-Jan 2).  Please do think what you would like feedback on at this point.  Most of you on Module One are busy drafting your first AOL now and receiving feedback on this, from this experience you should feel ok to write the other AOLs, you do not need to send us drafts of each one.  So maybe that last draft submission for you is the reflective essay?  Or the evidence/illustrations for your AOL claims?  Module Two and Three, whilst a different preparation, still try to identify what you would like feedback on, this is not a pre-hand-in check as such, but an opportunity to seek clarification and support in order to move on with finalising your work for submission.

Any last questions you may have, you can contact us via email between Jan 2 and your submission date of Jan 5th, but we will not be able to read through or feedback on drafts of work at this stage.

Otherwise...I hope all is going well for everyone and that you're enjoying the journey!