Reflective Learning through Social Network Sites in Design Education

By Ji Yong Park and Lazaros Kastanis.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Reflective learning is vital for successful practice-led education such as animation, multimedia design and graphic design, and social network sites can accommodate various learning styles for effective reflective learning. In this paper, the researcher studies reflective learning through social network sites with two animation units. These units aim to provide students with an understanding of the tasks and workflows involved in the production of style sheets, character sheets and motion graphics for use in 3D productions for film and television and game design. In particular, an assessment in these units requires students to complete their online reflective journals throughout the semester. The reflective learning has been integrated within the unit design and students are encouraged to reflect weekly learning processes and outcomes. A survey evaluating for students’ learning experience was conducted, and its outcomes indicate that social network site based reflective learning will not be effective without considering students’ learning circumstances and designing peer-to-peer interactions.

Keywords: Social Network Sites, Reflective Learning, Design Education, Participatory Learning, Online Learning

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 8, pp.11-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.219MB).

Dr. Ji Yong Park

Lecturer in Web Design & Interactive Media, Creative Industries, Art & Design, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Dr. Ji Yong Park is a lecturer in Web Design and Interactive Media, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. His research interests are in the development of training methodology for designers and design students via online in terms of interactive learning experience design and web site evaluation methodology in terms of user experience.

Lazaros Kastanis

Director, Interaction and Interface Design, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Lazaros has been actively involved in the development of educational content through the use of new media for the past 10 years. He has spent approximately 15 years working and researching in the field of Virtual Environments. He recently formed a partnership in a private enterprise End to End Visuals which specialises in 3D application design. The design and development of educational tools based around 3D digital media continues to be a central driving force in the commercial enterprise.


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