Art in the Age of Networked Learning

The above slideshow presented at FATE contains screenshot examples from a Foundation studio course that I often teach at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. The online course management system that Emily Carr University uses is Moodle. Towards the end of my presentation I stated that a course management system like Moodle provides a ‘hub’ and a home base within an environment that students are likely familiar with from other Emily Carr courses (several face-to-face courses also have online spaces set up for communication under the Moodle system). However, incorporating other social media might make sense if students are already using those communication tools (Flickr, Google, etc.) Being open to a multilinear experience is important, but instructors need to choose appropriate tools for the content of the course they are teaching and the intended learning experience. Instructors should feel as if they can create hybrid models/spaces that might connect open source media to applications/systems put in place by educational institutions.

You may wish to visit this page of my website to access other related slideshows.

Here are examples of what other educators are using online and with social media:


1) David Darts (NYU) teaches face-to-face courses. Darts compiles and archives all of his courses on a wiki, with course communication happening via Google groups because that is what the students choose to use. He encourages students to create personal wikis for accumulating process on course projects. When I recently contacted him by email about his use of social media, he replied by saying that over the last couple of years he has gone “old school,” but I challenged him on this saying that rather than “old school,” what he is doing might be considered more “new” school. I feel that David has figured out what makes sense and what works for what he teaches while also considering his students. He has designed one wiki to incorporate multiple resources into one simplified visual layout that reads very clearly.

David has also created Pirate Box, a mobile sharing device for students to share files and chat in the classroom:


2) Jody Baker (Emily Carr University of Art & Design) teaches media culture courses, which rely heavily on the use of wikis. In speaking about his use of wikis, Baker states,“There was little direction on my part. I built …

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