Designing a Course and Community for e-Learning Graphic Design/ Digital Media Students

By Vanessa B. Cruz.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

This paper looks at the design and implementation of course content, and online community for a Motion Graphics and traditional Illustration course at UNF. Students today are familiar and well versed in the technology such as wikis, blogs, video conferencing, and podcasts as a means for keeping in constant contact with one another. So why not use this knowledge base in an e-learning educational setting to reinforce the sense of community usually experienced through a traditional classroom setting? One challenge was to design the space for which this new community would flourish. Due to design students having a critical eye and discerning sense of aesthetic, each course has a totally different look and feel, so that when logging-on, one is immediately thrown into a visual sense of the course. CSS, Quicktime movies, and video packages were created for students to access step-by-step instruction to learn either software applications, or fine art techniques, thus fulfilling the connection created when giving in-class demonstrations, while focusing on design. To establish the relationship between students, discussion boards, journals, and video conferencing were implemented through out the course. All of which could be accessed 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world.

Keywords: Multimedia, Fine Art, Community, Interactive, e-Learning

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.75-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 442.864KB).

Prof. Vanessa B. Cruz

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Digital Media, Art and Design, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL, USA

Vanessa B. Cruz teaches at the University of North Florida in the Art and Design department focusing on Graphic Design and Digital Media. Ms. Cruz has worked in the animation industry for over ten years. Her independent films have won international awards including the Ottawa International Film Festival, and the Oslo Animation Festival. She is currently working on two films.


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