This is an on-going research project that investigates the use of iPads in Art and Design education. It is pursued in collaboration with Hilary Watters and Angela Annesley from Falmouth University (United Kingdom).read more »
The 'Art + Design: elearning lab' is engaged in research into art and design education, elearning and pedagogies; design education for the knowledge economy; competencies for the 21st century; informal learning in art and design; information literacy; empirical research and design outcomes in studio-based disciplines; multi-disciplinarity, constructivist learning and instructional design in art and design.
What we are planning
ihe2016 - 2nd International Conference on the Use of iPads in Higher Education
University of San Francisco, March 16-18, 2016
More info: http://www.ipadsinhe.org
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What We Do
'ihe2014' - 1st international research conference about iPad use in Higher Education (HE). The conference was held on 20-22 March 2014 in Paphos. Scholars, learning technologists and practitioners from across the globe shared insights into teaching practice and student learning during an interdisciplinary and collaborative interchange of experiences. The conference sought to provide a common forum for the varied forms of research on the use of iPads HE, and to explore innovative models of learning using the iPad. Currently we are working towards 'ihe2016' to be held at the University of San Francisco.read more »
Demetra Perdiou is investigating design thinking and process among undergraduate graphic design students. Anecdotal evidence suggests that often undergraduate graphic design students do not seem to rationalise the choices they make during the design process. Briefly, Dimitra is interested in unpacking the process and then through action research to implement an instructional intervention towards desired outcomes.
WE ARE ALSO DOING
When Graphic Design students make the transition professional practice, they bring with them the knowledge and competencies they acquired from formal education. However, the changeable and varied working environments they encounter imply that a significant amount of Informal Learning (IL) takes place in situ and well outside formal education. The objective of this investigation - through a Grounded Theory approach - is to develop an understanding of how undergraduate Graphic Design students engage with IL.
There are a number of challenges associated with the teaching of research methods to university students, and despite the existence of related literature, the issue remains under-researched in Art and Design education. This investigation adopts a phenomenological approach to examine how a group of postgraduate Graphic Design students considered the experience of learning social science research methods within the parameters of a student-centred approach to teaching and learning.
The challenges are broadly divided into: a) societal, which refers to the prevalent perceptions and values of Cypriot society in general vis-à-vis Art and Design education, b) structural, which relates to the (in)ability of educational institutions to structure and deliver educationally sound Art and Design Higher Education (HE) programmes of study, and c) the nature of the prospective learners i.e. their attitude towards learning in general. The challenges are enormous and without the sustained and parallel effort of different agents, Art and Design education in Cyprus will remain under-developed.
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