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Welcome to the Exhibiting Student Work… Online?

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Topic: Considerations


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How to think about the elements of Exhibiting Student Work when doing online exhibitions!


So how is each piece of the course you just completed changed by adding in online elements. Well… not too much. Everything you learned In the main course still applies when doing online exhibitions. But it's important to know that at times you may need to take one or two more things into consideration as you move forward with online expressions.
Let's look at each one and take note of the different considerations you should make:

Exhibition Component 1: When

 

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Although it may sound simple, “When” isn’t as easy as finding a Date on a calendar. Choosing an event date is important, because it shows you what kind of time frame you have to work in, as well as what may or may not be possible to do. 


Online Considerations


The thing that online changes about your “When,” is that it can be a lot more flexible. Exhibitions can take place over a longer period of time in online spaces because most are free. This allows for longer, more thought out exhibitions, without the need to worry about overstaying your welcome or costs like you would in a physical space. Do keep in mind that sometimes tight deadlines  can be better to keep students on track and not do work at the last minute.
 

Exhibition Component 2: Where

 

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This component concerns the importance of finding a proper location for your exhibition. Certain locations and places can always add a sense of importance to an exhibition, so this early stage is vital.


Online Considerations


Space can be something to feel discouraged about when looking at online exhibitions. It's easy to think that because your expansion isn't going to take place at a movie theater or a local park, it's not a real exhibition. A digital space offers just as much legitimacy as physical space you can bring to your event. Creating a YouTube channel for students videos and having them upload it is just as impressive as reading poetry on a live stage when done right. A good example of this is Star Wars Uncut, hundreds of people came together to remake Star Wars frame by frame from their own homes, all it took to create the space for this piece of work was combining the clips and uploading them to the digital space.

Exhibition Component 3: How

 

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This component concerns the importance of the beginning planning stages of an exhibition, logistics is the key thing to think of in this component. Also covered are the skills that are required to contact experts and event venues so they help you with your event.


Online Considerations


Even if your exhibition is only online, don’t rule out the possibility that you’ll need to contact some experts for help. Finding someone who is experienced with a video chatting program, or even someone well known in a field related to the topics of an exhibition to help you in some way. Just because digital can feel more convenient and easier at times, don’t let yourself put off important planning and contact aspects.

Exhibition Component 4: Materials

 

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“Materials” relates to the resources you need to acquire in order to set up your exhibition space to best showcase student work. Even some basic materials and updates can make a big difference in an exhibition’s look and how professional it feels.


Online Considerations


Although online can eliminate the need for what we typically think of as essential resources for an exhibition (physical needs, wood, cloth, etc) it’s still an important consideration. Students may need access o a piece of software, even if it’s free software, this is a resource. Always make sure that if a resource is necessary, you have a way to get it for your students, or an alternative if that’s not going to be possible.

Exhibition Component 5: Reflection

 

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As you prepare for an exhibition, it’s important that your students have properly reflected on their work so they can convey what they’ve learned to an audience. This will show that they’ve truly learned and absorbed content from their work they’ve done.


Online Considerations


Little to no changes are made when preparing content reflection or online exhibition. Regardless of whether students are doing work in class or online, they should be able to articulate what they have learned to whoever they're presenting to, whether they be their peers or outside audiences. Keep this in mind as you move forward.
 

Exhibition Component 6: Planning

 

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Planning for an exhibition typically means preparing a full timeline of what needs to be prepared. This includes dress codes, student transport, and a number of factors that should be taken into consideration when preparing.


Online Considerations


We may be inclined to think that planning for an online exhibition is easier, but that is not the case. Exhibitions that take place online require just as much planning as ones that take place in person. This means that if you're preparing to use software for an online exhibition, you need to be sure that all students understand how to use it for example. The planning stage is where we try and anticipate everything that could go wrong and fix it before it happens.

Exhibition Component 7: Practice

 

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Practice means progress, and that applies to your exhibition just as it does for anything else. Practicing your exhibition will ensure that you can identify areas of growth and identify unforeseen issues before the big day.


Online Considerations


Once again, very little changes when you start practicing for online exhibitions. That most important thing is that you find ways to practice the exhibition with your students. Dry runs of the exhibition are important regardless of whether you do them online or in person because they will help you figure out what needs to be worked on and what is already working. Think of it like sports practice, you can expect players to win a game that they've never played before.

Exhibition Component 8: Exhibition

 

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Exhibition day is what you've been working towards with your students for this entire course. The day is full of stress, but regardless you will find a way to work through it with your students and come out on top.


Online Considerations


Online exhibitions carry with them the same stress and unexpected issues that in person exhibitions carry with them. Even though a student spends most of their time online, they still may be incredibly stressed once they have to do a video presentation over video chat or are getting ready to tweet out their final piece of art. It's important that you are there for your students and find ways to connect with them even if you can't be in the same physical space as they are.

Exhibition Component 9: Post-Exhibition

 

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Post-Exhibition is a time for you and your students to reflect on the events that led up to the exhibition as well as celebrate what you accomplished.


Online Considerations


The biggest advantage of post exhibitions online is that they're typically no messes to clean up. Exhibitions that take place in physical spaces almost always require a day of cleanup or sometime immediately after the exhibition is taken to sweep, clean, and put things away oh, this is not the case with online typically. Keep in mind that regardless of what happens with your exhibition, you should be ready to celebrate your students and find some way of showing them you appreciate the hard work that they have completed.

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