Visual Literacy in the Blended Classroom: A New Tool for Collaborative Learning

Title Visual Literacy in the Blended Classroom: A New Tool for Collaborative Learning
Faculty/College/Unit Arts
Status Active
Duration 3 Years
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2016/2017
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Tara Mayer
Year 1: Funded Amount 5,211
Year 1: Team Members


Year 2: Project Year Year 2
Year 2: Funding Year 2017/2018
Year 2: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 2: Principal Investigator Tara Mayer
year-2 funded-amount 3,781
Year 2: Team Members


Project Summary

This project seeks to (1) establish the technical foundations for the introduction of a new digital tool for visual learning at UBC, and (2) undertake its trial run in two undergraduate History courses to test the system and gather experiences of different ways of integrating it into the curriculum. The edX Image Annotation Tool allows instructors to create a database of course-specific, high-definition images (deeply zoomable to details), which instructors and enrolled learners can then engage with through commentaries, tags, and media-rich annotations of specific sections of the image. By actively creating new layers of information and interpretation about the image, students and teachers can debate visual materials in a deeper, more interactive, and recordable form that is currently unavailable within the existing online learning system (Connect) or in-class presentation software. Depending on specific learning objectives, these interactions can be instructor-led, in teams (either online or in-class), or autonomous.