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The Use of Technology as a Transformative Teaching Tool in Illustration Amy Johnson, Keith Webb, Amy Jacobson-Peters, Rukmini Ravikumar, Kevin Steiner Thursday, February 18, 2010


• Overview • Benefits for use in the Illustration Classroom/Studio • Examples • Guidelines for use • Concerns for use

2010 Transformative Learning Conference Thursday, February 18, 2010


Overview • More than 400 million active users • 50% of active users log on to Facebook in any given day • More than 3 billion photos uploaded to the site each month • More than 5 billion pieces of content are shared each week (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) • More than 3.5 million events created each month • More than 500,000 active applications currently on Facebook Platform • Average user spends more than 55 minutes per day on Facebook

2010 Transformative Learning Conference Thursday, February 18, 2010


Benefits • Unlimited photo upload - Excellent for visual communication & archiving • Allows for group and individual messaging • Video capability - Useful for “How To” demonstrations • Facebook platform is expandable with third-party applications • Events can be created and promoted pertaining to course subject • RSS Blog Feeds - Automatic updates from blog sources • Easy to maintain and monitor

2010 Transformative Learning Conference Thursday, February 18, 2010


Benefits • Enables a Quasi time stamp for submitted material • Message threads are helpful for critique process • Allows for dynamic/fluid instruction in lieu of external events or conditions - weather, meetings, etc. • Becomes a resource for alumni • Each individual group becomes a historical reference for the next class • Breathes new life into “old but worthy” assignments • Students take ownership

2010 Transformative Learning Conference Thursday, February 18, 2010


Examples - Groups

2010 Transformative Learning Conference Thursday, February 18, 2010


Examples - Group • Groups offer membership control for the Instructor/Administrator

2010 Transformative Learning Conference Thursday, February 18, 2010


Examples - Group Pages

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Examples - Avatars

2010 Transformative Learning Conference Thursday, February 18, 2010


Guidelines • Students are to select a group name for the class • Students are required to create a separate FB account from personal • Students are to create an avatar for their profile image that applies to their group name • Students are to post material only relevant to the class • Students are to use constructive criticism in critiquing group work • Students must observe FB terms of use and instructor guidelines • Students may only post their own coursework and material

2010 Transformative Learning Conference Thursday, February 18, 2010


So Far... • 20 Facebook groups have been created for Illustration coursework • Over 6000 images have been uploaded and archived from these classes • An illustrated video showcase was created using archived images directly from FB • Professional illustrators/designers such as Dave Werner, Cameron Eagle, Tim Jessel, have participated in online critiques through FB • On more than one occasion, students have successfully rebuilt lost, stolen or damaged portfolios from Facebook group postings • In student evaluations, the practice of using Facebook as a class resource continues to receive high ratings and comments

2010 Transformative Learning Conference Thursday, February 18, 2010


Overview

2010 Transformative Learning Conference Thursday, February 18, 2010


Overview • Leading digital public platform for magazine, books, catalogs, reports, manuscripts etc • 6 Million visitors each month with 500 million unique page views • Members have published over 20 million pages • Integrates well with Facebook for syllabus, project instructions, lectures, student presentations and preview of finished student work • Issue converts .pdf files for digital publication

2010 Transformative Learning Conference Thursday, February 18, 2010


Benefits • Foreseeably, can be used by a large number of areas of study • Encourages the student to collect, collate, design and publish their work without cost • Can be used as a prepress step before final submissions to publishers, editors and instructors • Any pagination software that exports the work to in a .pdf format may be used regardless of computer platform • Accompanies Facebook for syllabus, project instructions, lectures, student presentations and preview of finished student work

2010 Transformative Learning Conference Thursday, February 18, 2010


Benefits • Like Facebook, groups can be organized and viewers can be invited and bookmark the group, notices can be automated when group content changes • Design templates are available for non-design patrons • Issue translates numerous document types, RTF, Word, .pdf for digital publication regardless of computer platform - including Keynote and Powerpoint presentations • Integrates well with Facebook for syllabus, project instructions, lectures student presentations and preview of finished student work • The user libraries may be private, open or distributed to guests • Could be used for Thesis or Dissertation distibution or presentation

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Example

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Overview

2010 Transformative Learning Conference Thursday, February 18, 2010


Benefits • Data storage and retrieval • Will accept any kind of data file • Data can be synced across multiple platforms and electronic devises • Folder content and access is controlled by the user. Folders may be open to the public or by limited invited access • Data can be retrieved and accessed globally. Eliminating, “I left my homework at home.” • Links and access to folder content can be posted to FB groups • Helpful for instructor templates, documents, sound files, etc. that are not supported by FB or Issuu

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Example

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Guidelines • Students must read, agree and adhere to the terms of use for each application • Students must post their own work and materials • Students must own or have the authority to post and distribute the materials from these two services, including logo’s, photos, illustrations and content • Students are to monitor content and maintain libraries and storage • Students should separate personal work from school work

2010 Transformative Learning Conference Thursday, February 18, 2010


Concerns • Privacy • Network Accessibility • Copyright infringement • Failure to meet guidelines • Description and use excluded in Syllabus documentation

2010 Transformative Learning Conference Thursday, February 18, 2010

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