Integrating Studio and Design Practice in Ubiquitous Learning Environments

By Michelle Tillander.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: May 2, 2014 $US5.00

Ubiquitous technologies, like mobile applications, are reshaping the relationships between content, thinking, and practice. The design of an online art education course in the age of ubiquitous, mobile computing has the potential to empower students as individual learners and as members of an online community. Design and art thinking for an online educational environment is a creative thinking-in-action method that uses mind, action, and world and embraces technologies, humanities, and design. An effective pedagogical model enables students to apply their unique knowledge and culture into the learning process and into practice in local and global communities. This research illustrates my process of incorporating the culture of studio and design practice into the creation of courses for an online MA in art education program. This process recognizes the unique characteristics of “art" as a discipline (combining creativity and an ill-structured knowledge domain) with a reflection on design principles and practice to incorporate various modalities of knowledge and learning.

Keywords: Ubiquitous Learning, Curriculum, Visual Thinking, Design Thinking

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 6, Issue 1, May 2014, pp.25-35. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 2, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 225.382KB)).

Dr. Michelle Tillander

Assistant Professor of Art, College of Fine Arts, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Prior to joining the University of Florida Art education department, Michelle Tillander attended Pennsylvania State University, where she coordinated the Zoller Gallery. From 1985 to 1991, Michelle assisted with the implementation of Virginia's first Governor's School for the Arts, a regional program for artistically talented high school students, where she served as chair of the visual arts department from 1998 to 2002. Recently, she and her colleague Craig Roland initiated an online MA in art education at the University of Florida. Her research activities include engaging art education, technology, and culture as integrated processes and approaches to expand art educational technology practice. Dr. Tillander published a chapter entitled “Digital Visual Culture: The Paradox of the [In]visible” in Intersection/Interaction: Digital Visual Culture (2011). She presents at state and national conferences, most recently the 2012 International Conference City Aesthetics in Taiwan. She currently serves on the NAEA's materials and publications editorial board.