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Global collaboration and industry-orientated assessment – outcomes of project commissioned by the UK Higher Education Academy

The traditional barriers of geography, organization and culture are being broken down by emerging technology [1]. Applicable to many industries, the concept is particularly relevant for audio professionals and music producers who can work in a variety of digital formats with collaborators around the world. By undertaking such a mode of working, professionals are effectively involved in ‘peer-production’ [2], thereby driving down cost and improving quality. Students also reflect this practice by joining and sharing with peers around the world though this is often outside the formal curriculum. Despite the potential in these practices, Higher Education institutions fail to engage with the concepts often for institutional and cultural reasons. This paper outlines a project funded by the UK’s Higher Education Academy to examine a model for collaboration between international HE institutions and industry practitioners. Managed by Coventry University and initially involving New York University and JAMES, the project has engaged in a number of collaborative activities to facilitate new ways of learning. The paper will outline the academic background to the project, the type of activities undertaken, the technical and organization approaches taken before finally summarising the key outcomes and opportunities for further work.


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