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Using video for messages, information and personal tutorials


UAL’s Digital Integration into Arts Learning (DIAL) project aims to carry out a small number of staff and student led projects and case studies, which will explore the pace of technological change and its impact on the day-to-day practices. Read more.


Using video for messages, information & personal tutorials

College & Subject Performance Design and Practice course/subject area at Central Saint Martins
Project overview

CSM course director exploring the possibility of filming himself giving messages/information to students on the course – kind of ‘v-mailing’. Tutor sends important messages via email and increasingly find students suffering from email overload – not reading them. This can be very damaging to the students and the course. The idea of filming my messages actually came from students at a recent forum.

In addition and linked to this, I want to explore ways of filming scheduled Personal Tutorials a) because the written form is a hopelessly inadequate record for students and b) to still provide evidence for monitoring processes


Evidence that students actually get the messages  – and so communication issue is improved (see above).

Secondly, feedback that students have access to a better, more appropriate record of their Personal Tutorial, than a completed form – again this could be useful for other courses.


I will be sending messages/holding personal tutorials anyway over the year so the pilot could be tested/feedback gathered by Nov ‘13.


120 current BA PDP students

Project Team

Course director for Performance Design and Practice | Michael Spencer 

DIAL | Chris Follows

Project updates

Blog -

You have a new v-mail

Not sure because I’m aware of the technical implications – which is my I need to run the project. I guess it could be used as a case study for other courses facing similar communication issues.




CHALLENGE: I will need technical support in setting up any film facility and in how to disseminate the filmed material as appropriate. I might need some remission of teaching time to free up time for meetings/testing – not much – under 10 teaching hours at the most. I will need some equipment (camera…webcam…?)  but cannot give estimates at this point as I have not the knowledge.

Time Michael is very busy, we hope to kick this project off in July 2013.

Tags DIAL, DIAL activity, DIAL projects, Digital Literacies, Digital literacies in the arts, Digital literacy, Professional Online Identities, University of the arts London


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