This example was submitted by Dr Sarah Pogoda (Bangor University).
Students are asked to creatively explore a German Film in a media of their choice: visual collages, music, a short film, drawing, painting, poetry, writing, installation, animation or other.
Students are instructed to focus on a specific aspect of one of the films discussed in class for their creative exploration – e.g. camera settings, musical score, dialogues…
They need to develop a research question, produce a creative work and write a 400 words commentary on their exploration. It is the commentary that is marked, not the creative work.
The commentary is marked on the following criteria:
- Relevance: How relevant is the research questions? How relevant is the exploration for learning about the research question?
- Consistency: How coherent is the reflection on the creative work, how does it engage with it? Does it demonstrate an awareness of epistemic process?
- Knowledge: How does the commentary demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the film in question, its context and the aspect for exploration?
- Originality: Does the commentary show original ideas?
- Presentation: Does the commentary follow academic standards of presentation?
This example shows how students can engage artistically with a foreign film while also presenting relevant research questions and approaches. This combination of commentary + artistic work facilitates their understanding of the subject of study while helping them engage with the content more deeply.
Accompanying the video presented in this entry, there is also a commentary on their creative exploration, as follows:
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