January, 2012

ADM-HEA Creative Learning and Teaching Day

Back in November, I attended the Art, Design, and Media Creative Learning and Teaching Day organised by the Higher Education Academy’s Art, Design, and Media Subject Centre which was held at Ravensbourne. In the morning session, I gave a joint presentation with UCA‘s Digitisation Services Manager, Polly Christie, on the UCA Library‘s recent digital projects including some recent projects by VADS, such as the JISC-funded Spot the Difference project:

There were some interesting discussions after the session about remix culture and the recent web video series Everything is a Remix. One of the attendees also pointed me to an interesting copyright case – the Lenz vs Universal Music case in the US. In 2007, Lenz posted a home video of her baby dancing to Prince’s song ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ on YouTube, and Universal Music issued a takedown notice, which was followed by a counter claim by Lenz for ‘fair use’ under US law. The case has been used as the basis of an assignment for communications students at California State University (see: Let’s go crazy: teaching media literacy with remix practice). For the assignment, students are asked to create their own parody video or remix of the original ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ video.

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