A student-created subject wiki
Lucy Witham, the Guernsey Grammar School & Sixth Form Centre, UK
Students studying photography on this island off the UK coast are far removed from the galleries on the mainland. So Lucy set up “Genre blocks” on itslearning to enable students to share knowledge, resources and a passion for art. A Genre block is an itslearning page that students update as they discover new resources. It works as a wiki-style system and, as well as giving students somewhere to share their resources, new students use the wiki as a starting point for project investigation. There is also a virtual space where students publish and review their work and work from professional artists.
Like most competition entries, the Genre Block is merely part of a wider teaching approach. Lucy also uses itslearning to pre-teach classes and give students an area to extend their studies outside class –and she has seen a significant increase in independent learning across the course as a result.