Engaging Student Social Networks to Motivate Learning: Capturing, Analysing and Critiquing the Visual Image

By Diane Robbie and Lynette Zeeng.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper discusses how a unique, innovative and effective model of student-centred learning has been implemented through an educational experience that directly captures students’ enthusiasm using Web 2.0 technologies. This model has allowed students to collaborate and share in the process of creating and building their photographic knowledge in an online social network through conversations about their images. The active learning teaching methodology adopted takes into account the digital technology age, the digital camera and the digital student. Meeting the needs of students by using an emerging social technology has engendered a spirit that has even the reluctant and less creative students immersing themselves in creative, photographic skills. The dynamic nature of Web 2.0 technologies enables regular and immediate feedback between students and teachers. Through interactive peer learning, students are motivated to reflect, analyse and critique their own work, and the work of their peers more frequently, establishing a practice of visual literacy skills including image capture and editing techniques. Students can explore the camera, develop photographic, analytical and critiquing skills, and reflect on their work in their own time. This mode of learning enhances student work life balance, allowing flexible study activities and eliminating printing costs.

Keywords: Web 2.0 Technology, Social Networks, Blended Learning, Photography, Active Learning, Peer Learning, Student-Centred, Visual Literacy

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp.153-160. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 586.143KB).

Diane Robbie

Academic Development Advisor, Swinburne Professional Learning, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia

Diane’s current role as Academic Development Advisor for the Faculty of Design includes developing curriculum that provides creative, flexible, student-centred learning environments employing teaching approaches that promote peer learning and group collaboration. Her research interests include the appropriate uses and implementation of communication technologies in teaching and learning that considers the mobility of learners and the design of their learning spaces. She has over thirty years experience as a teacher in education with the previous ten in academic educational development in Higher Education. Diane has a Master and Bachelor of Education.

Lynette Zeeng

Lecturer, Faculty of Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Prahran, Victoria, Australia

Lynette lectures in photography in the Communication Design Program. She also teaches into Design lab across all first year disciplines and to Multimedia Post Graduate students. She received her Master of Arts Degree (Visual Communication) from the RMIT University in 1996. Lynette works as a commercial photographer and holds regular seminars for Polaroid Australia on Photographic Art techniques. Her work has earned her several awards including an Honourable Mention in the past two Polaroid International Photography Awards. She is on judging panels for several bodies of professional photography. Lynette’s work is exhibited regularly and is widely published in books and magazines, nationally and internationally.

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