Learning from my assessment results for BOW and CTS

Learning from my assessment results for BOW and CTS

Exam Notes

In this post the evaluation and self-assessment, using OCA criteria are first, followed by BOW and CTS exam assessments and marks and my responses.

Evaluation

Learning Objectives

LO1: demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the professional context(s) relevant to your practice and have an understanding of the professional dimensions that underpin a successful photographic practice. Both feedbacks are very positive. I would have liked comment about what I could have done to lift either work to a higher standard, but maybe that’s too much.

Criteria

Understanding 

Selecting, testing and interpreting relevant and specialist research, and applying highly fluent critical thinking and creativity to produce professional and innovative ideas and outcomes. 

90–100 

Selecting, testing and interpreting an extensive range of relevant and specialist research, and applying outstanding highly fluent critical thinking and creativity to produce exceptional professional and innovative ideas and outcomes. 

80–89 

Selecting, testing and interpreting an in depth range of relevant and specialist research, and applying accomplished highly fluent critical thinking and creativity to produce outstanding professional and innovative ideas and outcomes. 

70–79 

Selecting, testing and interpreting a comprehensive range of relevant and specialist research, and applying confident highly fluent critical thinking and creativity to produce excellent professional and innovative ideas and outcomes. 

60–69 

Selecting, testing and interpreting a thorough range of relevant and specialist research, and applying strong highly fluent critical thinking and creativity to produce very good professional and innovative ideas and outcomes. 

Self-assessment

This post shows my learning from assessment. It is very much as I expected including the debate about submitting one item for BOW rather than a portfolio of work. 

Learning from my assessment results for BOW and CTS

1. Introduction

This is my detailed response to my assessment and marks. In preparation for this I watched the explanatory webinar – 

https://learn.oca.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=201#section-5

2. My Assessment Results

2.1 Body of Work

OCA Summative Assessment Marksheet 

Assessment Criteria Range Statement 
Knowledge Knowledge can be defined as: The extent to which knowledge of relevant concepts, practices, theories, and contexts are demonstrated. Demonstrating a significant in-depth awareness of comprehensive practical and contextual knowledge, and a highly confident deepening recognition of subject knowledge and boundaries. 
Understanding Understanding can be defined as: The level of understanding demonstrated through the testing and application of knowledge. Selecting, testing and interpreting a comprehensive range of relevant and detailed research, and applying confident fluent critical thinking and creativity to produce excellent highly effective and increasingly individual ideas and outcomes. 
Application Application can be defined as: The degree to which knowledge and understanding are demonstrated through the application of technical, communication, personal, transferable, and graduate skills. Applying confident increasingly professional personal and graduate skills to initiate and sustain studies and emerging practice, excellent highly relevant practical, technical, and communication skills to articulate ideas, and outcomes effectively. 
Summative Assessment Mark (%) 76 
Overall Comments and Feed Forward 
This has been the culmination of a sometimes personally frustrating but ultimately creatively rewarding period. Drawing from and integrating some ideas from your previous successful application to Digital Image and Culture and Identity and Place you seem to have integrated these formal and technical experiments into a broad ‘archive’ of ‘Visible Invisibility’. Discrete assignments using specific approaches (ethnography, more traditional still life, random snapshots and found objects) ultimately coalesce into an overarching theme, alongside your obvious engagement and critical understanding of a ‘Foucauldian discourse’ which critically informs the visual work. Video presentation summarising your journey is confident and fluent and showing the non-linear connections between each assignment via the ‘collaborative padlet’ provides the impetus for the final work. Although logical in this presentation the final body of work highlights the ‘lightbulb’ moment; where you broke away from the initial ethnographic work to produce a nuanced and poetic programme whilst still retaining an analytical base. Whether or not this should have been the ‘archive’ as a whole or the final more conceptual project is up for debate. You have justified this well and of course you can expand on this in SYP. Initial difficulty in editing down/refining such a mass of material but through a collaborative dialogue this has proved successful and significantly, this two way padlet feedback/dialogue – video meets alongside asynchronous comments – has been taken forward as an example of preferred good practice for the course. Thoughtful reflection on contemporary practises influenced by Surrealist play techniques and Readymades of Marcel Duchamp etc., shows the creative potential of the unconscious mind reflecting on the socio-political ramifications of the Covid-19 Pandemic by removing them from their normalised context. This ‘defamiliarizing’ of expectations is formally adventurous and contextually rich and you should be commended for this. Look forward to clarifying the archive discourse and seeing you disseminate the work to a broader audience via exhibition, web based forums and community engagement with diverse audiences. Well done! 

2.2 Contextual Studies

Assessment Criteria Range Statement 
Knowledge Knowledge can be defined as: The extent to which knowledge of relevant concepts, practices, theories, and contexts are demonstrated. Demonstrating a significant in depth awareness of comprehensive practical and contextual knowledge, and a highly confident deepening recognition of subject knowledge and boundaries. 
Understanding Understanding can be defined as: The level of understanding demonstrated through the testing and application of knowledge. Selecting, testing and interpreting a comprehensive range of relevant and detailed research, and applying confident fluent critical thinking and creativity to produce excellent highly effective and increasingly individual ideas and outcomes. 
Application Application can be defined as: The degree to which knowledge and understanding are demonstrated through the application of technical, communication, personal, transferable, and graduate skills. Applying accomplished increasingly professional personal and graduate skills to initiate and sustain studies and emerging practice, outstanding highly relevant practical, technical, and communication skills to articulate ideas, and outcomes effectively. 
Summative Assessment Mark (%) 77 
Overall Comments and Feed Forward 
This is a relevant and important addition to the critical debates’ model of hegemony and medical dominance as well as a timely and necessary examination of the governmental response to the pandemic through the prism of long-established hierarchical structures. One of the key aspects that ensured that this work is rigorous and ultimately convincing is your dual perspective as a medical professional and a critical thinker and photographer. Another reason for the refinement and focus of the work has been your commitment to your work (both photographically and medically) and your studies. It is no surprise that this dissertation heavily relies on Foucault’s theories. Nevertheless, you have gone further and applied your critical and theoretical perspectives to the established theoretical framework of the existing critical debates. You entwine a newly arisen problem to a preceding theoretical model and, as a result, you propose answers to the problem and establish renewed validity of the model. You ask important and perceptive questions and you provide convincing answers through analysis, summary and increasing critical knowledge and development. Importantly, you have situated this complex subject matter, which could easily have spiralled out of control due to its convoluted nature, onto the intricacies and workings of visual culture and its ability to propagate, regulate and challenge hegemony and the status quo. Your plans for the future of your practice sound exciting and promising and your commitment to the resistance against established norms in visual communication can now be undertaken as a focused dual practitioner; a medical professional with an informed and sharp critical lens. 

3. My responses to my marks and assessment

3.1 Initial responses

The marks are close to what I expected. I thought that the BOW would have been lower at around the 70 mark and CTS slightly higher at 80. The key for me was that they were both above 70 as with all but one of my previous submissions. 

3.2 Detailed responses

3.2.1 BOW

This has been the culmination of a sometimes personally frustrating but ultimately creatively rewarding period. Drawing from and integrating some ideas from your previous successful application to Digital Image and Culture and Identity and Place you seem to have integrated these formal and technical experiments into a broad ‘archive’ of ‘Visible Invisibility’. 

This is an interesting comment and reflects a comment made by one a Red Eye reviewer, who had looked at my professional website which has an archive of my work, that my work is not simply documentary but can be placed in other genres. I had seen ‘Visible Invisibility’ as a departure from my documentary work but in truth it is more an extension of diverse elements of my practice. 

Video presentation summarising your journey is confident and fluent and showing the non-linear connections between each assignment via the ‘collaborative padlet’ provides the impetus for the final work. Although logical in this presentation the final body of work highlights the ‘lightbulb’ moment; where you broke away from the initial ethnographic work to produce a nuanced and poetic programme whilst still retaining an analytical base. Whether or not this should have been the ‘archive’ as a whole or the final more conceptual project is up for debate. You have justified this well and of course you can expand on this in SYP. 

I was not sure about doing a video presentation. What drove me to it was that I was not sure if an examiner could see my journey and my temporary ‘end point’ for BOW from simply looking at the padlet. There is also a ‘seductive’ element in seeing someone talk about themselves.

I understand that comment about not presenting a portfolio of work at this stage. That was a difficult decision at the time. I am comfortable now with using all that I have, and even creating some new work to present for SYP. 

Initial difficulty in editing down/refining such a mass of material but through a collaborative dialogue this has proved successful and significantly, this two way padlet feedback/dialogue – video meets alongside asynchronous comments – has been taken forward as an example of preferred good practice for the course. 

Garry was on the money about using a collaborative template and already we have a template for SYP.

Thoughtful reflection on contemporary practises influenced by Surrealist play techniques and Readymades of Marcel Duchamp etc., shows the creative potential of the unconscious mind reflecting on the socio-political ramifications of the Covid-19 Pandemic by removing them from their normalised context. This ‘defamiliarizing’ of expectations is formally adventurous and contextually rich and you should be commended for this. Look forward to clarifying the archive discourse and seeing you disseminate the work to a broader audience via exhibition, web based forums and community engagement with diverse audiences. Well done!

Probably the comment that stands out for me is that this comment marks my creative approach and reflects my inner machinations and befuddlement.

3.2.2 CTS

This is a relevant and important addition to the critical debates’ model of hegemony and medical dominance as well as a timely and necessary examination of the governmental response to the pandemic through the prism of long-established hierarchical structures. One of the key aspects that ensured that this work is rigorous and ultimately convincing is your dual perspective as a medical professional and a critical thinker and photographer. Another reason for the refinement and focus of the work has been your commitment to your work (both photographically and medically) and your studies.

It is no surprise that this dissertation heavily relies on Foucault’s theories. Nevertheless, you have gone further and applied your critical and theoretical perspectives to the established theoretical framework of the existing critical debates. You entwine a newly arisen problem to a preceding theoretical model and, as a result, you propose answers to the problem and establish renewed validity of the model. You ask important and perceptive questions and you provide convincing answers through analysis, summary and increasing critical knowledge and development. Importantly, you have situated this complex subject matter, which could easily have spiralled out of control due to its convoluted nature, onto the intricacies and workings of visual culture and its ability to propagate, regulate and challenge hegemony and the status quo. Your plans for the future of your practice sound exciting and promising and your commitment to the resistance against established norms in visual communication can now be undertaken as a focused dual practitioner; a medical professional with an informed and sharp critical lens.

I hear a voice that I recognise in the text, or maybe the external examiner has a similar approach to my tutor for contextual studies. It describes what my tutor made clear over several months that is needed; rigor, research, applied theory and analysis. Perhaps the most important element is the researcher voice and that dual experience applied to this subject. 

The thing I am most grateful for is creating a theoretical foundation for my practice. I am now thinking about the privatisation of health care and the loss of the ‘perso’ in general practice – it is more about systems than care – and Foucault is not very far away from my thoughts.

3.3 Action points

  • Keep going, you are doing OK
  • My self judgement about how I am doing in the degree is intact after a ‘wobbly’ period in the middle when I started to doubt myself. I realise that is normal in these exceptional times where few have escaped psychological trauma from life hardships.
  • There is a strong base to develop in SYP and I have started on that already