Dani Dilkes is currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto, enrolled in the Knowledge Media Design Collaborative Specialization and focusing on studying digital pedagogy, learning communities and the social nature of knowledge. She is also currently the eLearning Specialist in Medical Education at Western University and is an advocate for student-centred learning experience design. In a past life, she was a web developer, a linguistic and a language teacher. Dani is a perpetual student, a sometimes writer, and a novice photographer. She has three cats that keep her entertained and often grace her twitter feed @danielledilkes. Fortunately, she thrives on chaos, and they do not disappoint.
Why did you get involved in this project?
This project was a requirement of a course that I was enrolled in through the University of Toronto. We were required to participate in 2 EXC-19 projects. If not for that course, I probably would not have been aware of this project. However, I was grateful to be involved.
Did the one week turn-around for the work help or hinder your creativity?
I don’t think the timelines had an impact on my creativity. They forced me to make a decision and go with it with regards to filming. Looking back, I wish I had chosen an editing role (either film editing or sound editing) as I feel like they had more opportunity for creative.
How did you feel about working on a project where you didn’t know who you were collaborating with?
It was interesting – the bigger challenge for me was having ownership only for the pieces of the project I was working on and relinquishing that when my turn was up. I’m used to a very different type of collaboration which goes from start to finish. This project required trust in the next person – one of the projects I worked on turned out amazingly and beyond expectations. The other was not really my vision for the words I wrote, so in a way still feels incomplete.
Has being involved in the project changed your thoughts on creativity?
See comments above about trust and collaboration.