Establishing a Learning Community of Media Design and Art Schools
Alexandra Preis, University of Applied Sciences Graz, Austria ; Maja Pivec, Information Design, Technikum Joanneum, Graz, Austria ; Heimo Müller, University of Applied Sciences Graz, Austria
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-44-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
In one of the literature depictions of the synergy of people and computers, the author (Pickover; Computers and the Imagination) integrates people into the electonic environments. People began to see with "the eyes of the computer", they began to hear "with the ears of the computer" and they applied computer letters to write. At that point the above described was still a science fiction. Nowadays, in the era of Communication and Information Technology (CIT) this science fiction vision transformed into the social fiction as Fassler [Fassler, 1999] calls this phenomenon. The CIT makes it possible to communicate and exchange ideas without the physical boundaries. The application of the CIT also spread rapidly. At the beginning the CIT was available only to the smaller group of privileged people working at the governmental research institutions and universities. Nowadays CIT can be found in primary and secondary schools and in the majority of the average households. There is no night and day period in the virtual world, the communication and data exchange is intense and lasts 24 hours / day, seven days per week. One should only moderate and structure the information flows. Therefore we came to the conclusion to extend our teaching / learning process into the virtual world and to build a learning community. At this point we found the theoretical background in the work of Vygotski, who claims that a knowledge building community is a learning environment that supports the continuous social construction of knowledge [Vygotski '78].
Preis, A., Pivec, M. & Müller, H. (2002). Establishing a Learning Community of Media Design and Art Schools. In D. Willis, J. Price & N. Davis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2002--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 284-288). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).