We learned both with and from each other with all our cultural differences

Digital Literacies, Culture and Education student
Anfal Almesbah
Student
MA Digital Literacies, Culture and Education
2021
On the Digital Literacies, Culture and Education programme Anfal learned the skills to make the huge transition from being a video practitioner towards becoming a teacher of film making.

I am a scholar from the state of Kuwait. I was granted a scholarship from the Education Technology Department, College of Basic Education, The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training in Kuwait, to study film-making within the field of education. Consequently, I needed to search carefully for a program that could prepare me for this huge shift in my career from 'doing' video editing as an Instructional Designer at the Educational Television Department at the Kuwait Ministry of Education, to a Lecturer and Teacher Educator who will be teaching filmmaking to Undergraduates. 

I chose to apply for the program of MA Digital Literacies, Culture and Education for two main reasons. Firstly, the aspect of Digital Literacies is of relevance and is a logical extension to my major qualification in Education Technology. Secondly, I was attracted to a module entitled 'Media Making and Creativity' as I need to specialize in the pedagogy of filmmaking. What is unique about this program is its invitation to experiment, improvise and play; the appreciation of the process of learning rather than the polished product; its encouragement of collaboration and growing together instead of competition. I was highly motivated by the opportunity of playing with possibilities and the chance to reflect on my experience, improve my skills and express my thoughts and impressions. 

The best part of it is the balance between the formal performance and assessment (which is of a high standard), and the enjoyment of learning through playing with LEGO bricks or being or creating animation. These activities allowed me to investigate and practice high intellectual skills like, developing ‘Creative Habits of Mind’ and ‘Computational Thinking’. This was complemented by extensive support, additional guidance, and wider views from internal and external professionals (Local and International experts). Therefore, by the collaborative effort between students and faculty, we have been successful in overcoming the limitations and frustrated consequences that were imposed by Covid-19 pandemic by reaching further locations and sharing wider experiences through distance learning. In short, at The University of Sheffield, we learned with and from each other with all our cultural differences. 

After this MA I will apply for PhD, at The University of Sheffield because their qualitative approach to research is very rich, especially the focus on Visual Methods (e.g. Art-based) and appreciation of Multimodality.

Pebblepad portfolio showing some of the creative work by Anfal during the course.

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