Exploiting Social Networks to Teach the Art of Critique: Redesigning a Face to Face Digital Photography Course to Integrate Online Social Networking

By Markam Keith Adams.

Published by The Design Collection

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This paper is derived from coursework delivered in a university level, face to face digital photography course, wherein regular critiques are used as the foundation for evaluation and assessment. Utilizing specific guidelines regarding the evaluation of assigned photographic work, students are instructed to use their existing Flickr, MySpace or Facebook accounts to post, organize, share and critique their colleague’s work for all scheduled assignments. Each step (posting, etc.) is based on certain criteria presented and discussed in class and agreed upon by a consensus of the group (practices need to work for all). The professor also provides feedback on the site(s) to each student for each assignment. Online critiques are supplemented with traditional face-to-face critiques and students are required to submit printed versions of what they consider to be their best representation of the assignments for face-to-face evaluation and discussion by the group. After each assignment deadline, the process continues and students can revise/revisit (multiple times, depending on previous feedback) their work and resubmit for further comment. Driven by the evaluative guidelines, this process reinforces thoughtful, intelligent dialogue in the form of constructive feedback. It also opens up the traditional art-making practice to a more fluid and dynamic (immediate) exercise.

Keywords: Arts, Photography, Instructional Design

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.21-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.332MB).

Professor Markam Keith Adams

Assistant Professor, Fine and Performing Arts, Rowan University, Montclair, NJ, USA

Markam Keith Adams has worked professionally in the field of photography for over twenty years and has acquired an extensive knowledge of the medium. Since 1990, he has been working with digital media and alternative processes, utilizing techniques that redefine the concepts of perception and reality. His explorations into the boundaries of photography have resulted in award winning works that have been included in numerous exhibitions, both nationally and worldwide. He attended the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, graduating in 1983. In addition, he has an MA from New York University in Arts and Humanities Education and an MFA from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts in Photography and Digital Media. For the past eight years, Adams has been teaching photography and digital media and working in instructional design. The integration of new technologies into existing or evolving curricula represents one of the fastest growing areas of academics that exist today and Keith’s work reflects a commitment to the advancement of teaching, learning and creativity through these efforts. He presently teaches photography at Rowan University as an Assistant Professor.

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