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Learning and Teaching with Technology in Art and Design

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s Center for Teaching Excellence is pleased to partner with Penn State University and the University Arts London in hosting the 8th annual Designs on e-Learning Conference. The theme identified for the conference is “The Art of Disruptive Engagement”. The conference will focus on one of the major challenges of 21st century higher education: determining the optimal uses of emerging technologies for student engagement.

Threads for sessions include:

  • exploring open environments
  • grappling with the full spectrum of digital literacies in the classroom
  • shifting roles of teachers
  • accessing and assessing the value of emerging technologies for the classroom
  • clarifying intellectual property issues
  • shifting power dynamics in the academy

As digital technologies continue to evolve and transform the pedagogic landscape, we face exciting and innovative possibilities for the future of education. The Designs on e-Learning (DeL) conference leads, fosters and illuminates innovative practices, in teaching and learning with technology in art, design and communication.

The DeL conference will explore the impact of these shifts on our teaching practices, and question how we can maximize their potential for improving student learning. This is an opportunity to collectively generate ideas, tackle problems, and share best practices. The format of the conference will vary, incorporating panel discussions, presentations and keynote speakers.

The Designs on e-Learning Conference will be held on and around UNCW’s campus. A block of hotel rooms has been designated for guests at the Holiday Inn Resort on Wrightsville Beach.

The Designs on eLearning conference will take place in Wilmington, on the southeast coast of North Carolina. Wilmington is a popular tourist destination as it offers many historical sites, beautiful beaches, and wonderful area restaurants.

We have proudly selected the Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach for our conference guests. Transportation will be provided each morning and evening between the hotel and the conference site on the UNCW campus.

The Designs on e-Learning (DeL) conference leads and fosters innovative practices in teaching and learning with technology in art, design and communication.

As digital technologies continue to evolve and transform the pedagogic landscape, we face exciting and innovative possibilities for the future of education. New forms of mobile learning and cloud computing are shaping the learning environment, enabling students to learn in multiple physical, social and conceptual spaces.

The designs on e-learning conference will explore the impact of these shifts on our teaching practice, and question how we can maximise their potential for improving student learning. This is an opportunity to join the crowd to collectively generate ideas, tackle problems, and share best practices in e-learning. The format of the conference will be innovative, with barcamps, streamed sessions, discussions, performances and creative work.

 

WHAT THEY SAY...

Below are a couple of the nice messages we received from delegates following the conferences

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Victoria Boyd

“It was incredibly thought-provoking and I had some great and very inspiring conversations. It was also lovely to be welcomed into such a vibrant and collegiate community, and I really look forward to keeping in touch.”

Paresh Vasanjee

“I just wanted to congratulate you & the organisers on an interesting and well run conference”

Purpose of the conference

The conference aimed to cast light on established practice in the field, on innovations in teaching and learning with technology, on the challenges and successes presented by the visual nature of our discipline, and on the benefits of online and blended learning. It built on the success of Designs on eLearning and on the subsequent Online Conference and Symposium in disseminating and promoting good practice, primarily but not exclusively, in art, design and communication.

Around 150 delegates attended from the UK, Scandinavia, Europe, the Middle East, Australasia, South and North America.

Technology in teaching

For the modern student, a new definition of creativity is required in the context of an unpredictable future, a world of rapidly evolving development, and complex problems. Teachers from Illinois and New Jersey teamed up to find practical applications for iPad in the arts. They have iPads in their tutorials, iPad students, the iPad guide and tips, app suggestions, and more. All these opportunities give students an experience they could not have in any traditional environment.

The arts offer pupils valuable opportunities to engage in different ways of building knowledge while exploring different perspectives, learning to rely on their imagination, attracting different thinking, attracting interpretive abilities, and so on. It makes sense that a future education, links between technology and the ability to create. JustGoodBites brings you the chance to get to know Apple-related news, reviews, and featured articles. Learn the latest and the most reliable information. Learn does iPad technology bolster art teaching and learning?