My Artifact for E-Learning and Digital Cultures
I found it fascinating when a colleague analyzed this. She came up with meanings that I did not intend consciously, but were accurate representations of my thinking. She also came up with interpretations that pulled me deeper into my own thinking. Visuals are enormously generative, thus enormously educational?
A respected reference on visuals in education is Visible Thinking, http://www.old-pz.gse.harvard.edu/vt/VisibleThinking_html_files/01_VisibleThinkingInAction/01a_VTInAction.html
I wondered whether the text takes away from the images (like stepping on a baby toy during a romantic interlude), or added to the clarity of interpretation.
Here is an abbreviated version of the MOOC's guidelines on how to interpret an image (https://class.coursera.org/edc-001/wiki/view?page=Howtointerpretimages):
- Is there a reason why a particular visual medium has been chosen?
- Who or what is depicted? What is the significance of that depicted?
- Who or what is in focus and what is in the periphery? Why are certain elements emphasised over others? What is not in the image?
- What is symbolised by the objects, places, technologies or people in the image?
- What aspects of digital culture, education, technology or science fiction might be represented here? What concepts might the image be drawing upon?
- From what perspective are we viewing what is happening in the image? Who is the audience for the image?
- What do you think is the intended message conveyed by the image?