|Evaluation||18 to 25 ++||1h40 (20mins a day)||Creative Evaulation|
Introduction and context¶
Zines are handmade journals for participants to reflect on their experience in a creative way. Reflections are guided by daily prompts defined by the facilitators. A prompt consists of a single word, a short phrase, a complete paragraph or even a picture or drawing that focuses on a topic and highlights ideas
Zines were used to stimulate reflection about the techniques they were learning, the context in which they were developed and their purpose. They were also a tool for the organizers to investigate the interest, motivation and objectives of participants. Prompts were given at the beginning of the day (written on a board) and about 15 minutes were given at the end of the day to creatively elaborate the prompt on a page of the zine.
- To self-reflect about the activity
- To wrap-up the daily activities and the bootcamp
- To express expectations and objectives
- To express failures or issues
- To document the activity
- To relax and share
- To evaluate the interest, motivation and objectives of participants
Target audience and context of use
Zines were used in the context of a 5 days bootcamp about fashion and new technologies.with 2nd year art & design University students from 18 to 25 years old with 2nd year Fashion University students
Preparation and materials¶
Prepare a list of prompts relevant to the activity that you are developing. A presentation to explain what a zine is and why we are using it as a self-reflection tool:
- A zine is a self-published small magazin (text and images)
- Collage, images and text
- Stickers, tape, paper, photos,...
- Your experience, your creativity, it’s all yours !
- Be creative and be honest !
To - To reflect on the activities - To express your objectives and - expectations - To express your frustration - To remember - To relax - To share
Every day: - A table with material - A board with the daily prompt
Equipment, Tools and Materials
- A4 thick colored paper
- Colored pencils
- Magazines and journals
- Decorations (glitter, feathers, stickers, …)
Step by Step Instructions¶
STEP BY STEP overview
- Explain what a zine is. A zine is a short, self-published book of text, images and collage.
- Explain why we are using zines and the objectives. Zines allow us to:
- find meaning in our experiences.
- provide opportunity to establish an individual understanding and a group understanding
- relieve tension and provide a new perspective on our experiences.
- creates a sense of accomplishment, and can help plan for the future.
- Show examples of zines. You can create your zine using stickers, magazine clippings, photos, books, tapes, and paper. A zine is your creation, you can write in the form of a story, a comic, poem, draw pictures. Be as creative, quirky, and honest as you like.
- Explain at what time the prompt will be communicated and when they will have time to work on the zine
- Distribute paper and scissors to make the zines lay-out
- Give access to markers, magazines, glue, etc to decorate the cover of the zine.
- In the morning write on a board the daily prompt
- Explain that they have 1 page of the zine to elaborate the daily prompt. Students can write, draw, make a collage, etc.
- Make sure to give students 15-20 minutes at the end of the day before leaving to work on zines
- The last page shall be a reflection about the whole activity *Expose the zines on a table to facilitate sharing and acknowledge the work of the students
- Examining zines can be done on a number of levels.
- Depth of reflection
- Scope of reflection
- Method of reflection
- Communication style
We focused on the depth and scope of reflection. We assigned points to each zine based on the grid below elaborated by Science Gallery Dublin / Trinity College.
Step 3: Reflection - Prompts for the week:
|Monday||Your expectations for the week||Why did you choose this group?|
|Wednesday||Women and textile||Gender and textile|
|Thursday||Technology and you||The future of textile|
|Friday||Textile and sustainability||What I learned|
Step 5: Evaluation
Safety rules & Tips
Tips to facilitate the activity in context (to-do / not do)¶
To do: - Clearly explain the purpose of the activity - Prepare a table full of magazines, markers and decoration to encourage creativity - Let the students express themselves for at least 15 minutes
Always consider to find local providers- BOM of materials (for a group of 26 students)
|Item||Quantity||Cost (€)||Link to vendor|
|Colored paper||50||5||Local store|
|Pencils||13 packages||50||Local store|
|Markers||13 packages||50||Local store|
Links to photos and recorded materials
- Zines as Reflective Evaluation Within Interdisciplinary Learning Programmes
- Why Zines Need to Be a Part of Your Curriculum
- Zine Making as A Method- video
- Learning portfolios – zines
- Zines for Teaching: A Survey of Pedagogy and Implications for Academic LibrariansAcademic Librarians
- Reporting or Reconstructing? The Zine as a Medium for Reflecting on Research Experiencesfor Reflecting on Research Experiences
Licence and credits¶
Attribution — ShareAlike CC BY-SA This activity has been described by Cristina Olivotto from Onl’fait for shemakes.eu. It is based on the methodology developed by Science Gallery Dublin/Trinity College in the context of System-2020 and the Open Science Hub EC funded projects.
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