One of the most important things I have learned so far in this course is the value of collaboration. Working together facilitates the sharing of skills and resources and provides support and encouragement which increases creativity and productivity. We’re a very interesting bunch of people doing this course. Working together is stimulating, stretching and fun.
Doing It Differently and the value of collaboration – that’s what I’m taking so far as the key to Digital Arts and Humanities.
But yet we are doing this is an institution which, like so many higher education institutions, is often uncomfortable with doing things differently and where there is an inherent distrust of collaboration amongst students. In some circles within this institution, collaboration and plagiarism are seen as synonymous, as one and the same thing. If two students are to work together on a project this is seen as cheating or, or at the very least, as of significantly less value than individual work done in isolation and secrecy. Continue reading