Educators Program

University Track

Session II: Distance Learning in the Arts

Graphics Technologies in the Classroom
Surya Vanka
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Abstract: The School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign has embraced computer graphics technologies to explore paradigms of teaching, learning, and collaboration in the classroom. This presentation demonstrates three stand-alone tools and Internet environments: ColorTool for exploring cross-cultural color symbolism, MaterialTool for exploring the poetics and pragmatics of traditional and technological materials, and DesignNet, an asynchronous and interactive space on the Internet where students collaboratively design objects with students from seven other schools in Europe and South America. Topics include the possibilities and implications of emerging paradigms that both respond to and question issues of individualism, instruction, collaboration, negotiation, authorship, and notions of place and culture in the classroom.

Corcoran Online: A Unique, College-Level Distance Learning Experience
Harry St.Ours
The Corcoran School of Art

Abstract: Traditional educational techniques are merging quickly with the communication technologies of the 21st century. Corcoran Online offers the first interactive distance-learning computer arts classes for credit. All aspects of the classroom experience have been translated to the new model, including live, regularly scheduled classes, image galleries, and regular student art exhibitions, message boards, office hours, and even passing notes in class. Students from around the world have registered for these online classes.

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