With further consideration, it seems this subject is perhaps about taking risks, being creative and independent whilst still following what seems to be fairly loose guidelines to set tasks. The ‘shore’ (our goal or artifacts perhaps?) is not yet seen but will come organically as we navigate our way through the semester, find our strengths and weaknesses and learn the skills that will enable us to be creative.
For me there is no shore, it’s fine if others think we will find a continent, island, or reef, but for me it is all ocean. There is nothing solid, a part from the boat
Dominic recognises that the public writing makes a difference. Yes it does. Studio teaching, which is what all creative disciplines are premised on, has the tradition of the studio critique. You present work, in progress, all the time. And it is discussed by everyone else. Blogs let us humanities scholars get some of that work in progress feedback happening. Even if there are no comments, it is public and so matters.
Jake picks up the metaphor of exploring the unknown, which is what all good education should be anyway, don’t ya reckon (it’s actually called Project Based Learning, and to some extent Problem Based Learning)