Visual Communication Design for E-Learning: An Art Education Web-based Online Course Design

By Peter Kwok Chan.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper focuses on the design problems and solutions occurring throughout an online course development process, one of the first courses developed in an art education department. Issues of concern to the instructors and course developers included online course design development approaches, visual design, team collaborations, and online course interactions. The faculty members who participated in this study chose “Instructor with design and technical assistance” when asked their preferred online course design development approach. Team collaborations and online interactivities required faculty to rethink notions of communication, management, and shared responsibilities. Data collected from the case interviews indicated most participants were not fully aware of the value of integrating visual design into the online course design development process. It was apparent from a design practitioner perspective that non-design departments at the university faced greater challenges recognizing the need for and fully integrating visual design elements in the online course development process.

Keywords: Design Process, Web-Based Online Course, Visual Design, Art Education

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 13, Issue 12, pp.163-170. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.424MB).

Dr. Peter Kwok Chan

Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial, Interior, and Visual Communication Design., The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Peter Kwok Chan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design at The Ohio State University. He received his BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1986) and MFA from Rhode Island School of Design (1988) in graphic design. He obtained his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University (2003) in Art Education. Peter joined the design firm, Fitch (Columbus, OH: US headquarters. 1988-2001). There he was involved in branding, corporate identity, communication systems, and packaging design for Fortune 500 companies.

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