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Making Sense: 2009  

For the 2009 student project we extended the set of stimuli
to include objects, sounds, images, as well as the use of ARP
to derive diverse tools and techniques. To enhance students' reflective and analytical skills we asked them to keep a 'research log' of their journey of exploration. To test their
skills of selection we asked them to make a very short structured PowerPoint presentation of their project findings.

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Prior to starting the project we asked the students to
complete a 'star' evaluation, assessing six dimensions
of capability:

level of creativity, self-confidence, professionalism, collaborative capacity, open-mindedness, and
ability to be self-critical.

They also completed a post-project 'star' evaluation.

The results revealed increased levels of capability in all six dimensions, with significant increases (i.e. 25% plus) in confidence, creativity, and critical ability levels.

Making Sense student projects 2009: PowerPoint sequence by Nicola Walaster
showing initial 'ingredients', exploration and analysis of these, synthesis of an idea and final outcome - a short movie, with a critical reflection.
Click on slide numbers for larger versions: SLIDE 1, SLIDE 2, SLIDE 3, SLIDE 4