Use of Media: Learning Attitudes, Preferences and Satisfaction

Prof. Sandra Tullio-Pow
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The use of visual media, (e.g., video or digital video discs (DVD)), serves as an excellent instructional strategy when teaching students techniques that rely on specific visual arrangements and procedures. Education within the design field, especially in studio classes, utilizes demonstration as a traditional teaching method. Video is a not-so-new technology that allows moving pictures and sound to be recorded on magnetic tape. Recording on Mini Digital Video (Mini DV) has many applications beyond enhanced viewing on a television screen. This digital format facilitates the use of instructional video in different media including CD-ROM, DVD, and streaming for web-based training.

Advantages to using visual media within educational programs are varied. Production techniques such as; use of color, graphics, camera angles, and special effects, attracts and holds audience interest. Subject content can be simplified, structured, and standardized among multiple classes. It also allows a considerable degree of flexibility for the learner. Students can view and review as many times as necessary during convenient time frames in their personal schedules. Content can be consistently delivered across infinite geographical locations through use of the Internet.

This paper describes ways to enhance student learning by combining instructional sessions with one-on-one critique as students move through the design process. Four instructional DVDs were designed, produced, and used in classes over a 5-year period to teach apparel construction skills to first- and second-year students within the School of Fashion at Ryerson University, Seven apparel faculty and 85 second-year students completed surveys to determine their learning attitudes, preferences and satisfaction levels with the use of an instructional DVD series. Feedback from both students and faculty outlined advantages and disadvantages of this teaching/learning model and suggested ways to improve integration of media into the classroom.

Faculty and students value the use of audiovisual resources for teaching and learning. Creating and using media for skill development offers design educators a viable solution to the constraints of teaching large studio classes and overcoming time constraints while taking students through the design process. It may guide other educators toward instructional design and curriculum delivery renewal.

Keywords: Instructional Media, Design Process, Teaching/Learning
Stream: Arts Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Use of Media

Prof. Sandra Tullio-Pow

Associate professor, School of Fashion, Ryerson University

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