Teaching Art Online: A Conversation on Creativity for All

Concurrent Session 6
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Brief Abstract

What techniques have shaped pandemic teaching? Creativity is encouraged in our students and was undoubtedly needed from us to teach in this challenging time. Join us in conversation about teaching arts online and how we keep our practice alive learning at a distance.



Kate Jordahl is a professor in the Fine Arts and Communication Division/Photography Department at Foothill College. Formerly, she served Director of Academic Affairs for the California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative and Dean of the Fine Arts and Communication Division. Jordahl is a online faculty mentor. Jordahl is a board member for the Online Learning Consortium and on the Product Advisory Board for CourseGateway.
Angela Gunder is the Chief Academic Officer and VP of Learning for the Online Learning Consortium. In this role, she is responsible for gathering, curating, and leveraging the intellectual capital created by and disseminated through OLC. Prior to her position at the OLC, Angela served as the Director of Instructional Design & Curriculum Development for the Office of Digital Learning, managing and mentoring the team that builds the fully-online programs for The University of Arizona. Her over fifteen-year career as a designer for higher education informs her instructional design practice, where she leverages her expertise in web design, usability, visual communication, programming, and standards-based online learning. She is an Associate Editor for the Teacher Education Board of MERLOT, and the recipient of the 2018 MERLOT Distinguished Service Award, the organization’s highest honor. She is also the recipient of two Online Learning Consortium Effective Practice Awards for the creation of a framework for personal learning networks, and for the creation of exploratory installations of education technology, respectively. In 2019, Dr. Gunder was named an OLC Fellow for her dedication to service, innovation, and scholarship in support of student success in online learning. Her research interests include open educational practices, digital literacies, narrative in online course design, and emerging technology for second language acquisition. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Fine Art from Fordham University, a M.Ed. in Education Technology from Arizona State University. Angela completed her Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies at The University of Arizona, where in 2020 she was named an Erasmus Scholar by the College of Education for her commitment to the college, the university and to the community. Pronouns: she/her/hers
Dr. Cris Guenter, Professor of Education at California State University, Chico She specializes in teaching that focuses on arts education, computer graphics, and technology in education. Her research interests include technology's intersection with the arts, authentic assessment, and online instruction. She teaches credential and graduate level courses in the arts, technology, and curriculum development. In 2008 she was recognized as the National Art Educator of the Year. Cris has experience in giving engaging keynote presentations for K-university educators at the state and national levels. She has been involved with MERLOT since its inception in 1999.

Extended Abstract

What tools and techniques have shaped our teaching during the pandemic? Creativity is encouraged in our students and was certainly needed from us to keep them learning through this challenging time. Come to a conversation to share your experiences teaching the arts online and discuss how we keep our own practice alive while teaching at a distance. What tools and tips can you share? What worked and what didn’t? What techniques will we all continue in the post-pandemic world? How did arts education offered by remote learning differ from quality online education in your experience? How were the concerns of mental health and equity impacted by this experience? We each learned about ourselves as teachers and practitioners in this time - Let join to share our knowledge in an open discussion.