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A ED 322: Visual Culture & Educational Technologies
Syllabus Fall 2015

School of Visual Arts

Schedule # 469084
• Section 001
(3 credits)

Tuesdays & Thursdays
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. EST

304 Patterson, 30 Borland,
& 207 Arts Cottage

Dr. Karen Keifer-Boyd
210 Arts Cottage

Office hours: 8-9 p.m. on Tues. & Thurs.
304 Patterson or 207 Arts Cottage
email for appointmen

mixed reality, remix aesthetics, consciousness, communication, creativity, collaboration, transformation

cybernetic art & human identity

How does digital form impact beliefs about the nature of knowledge, learning, culture, visuality, self, and art?

Mixed Reality

Penn State

Description & Prerequisites: The course provides a foundation for innovative integration of digital technologies in art making, viewing, and teaching. Prerequisite: A ED majors only.

Course Objectives enable students to:

1. Competently teach yourself to use technologies.

2. Consider technology in relation to how art is made, disseminated, and valued.

3. Understand how new art forms arise from new tools for communication and representation.

4. Utilize new conditions for teaching with educational technologies.

5. Discuss the relationship between technology development and changes in aesthetic values.

6. Innovate adaptive technologies for art making for differently-abled populations.

7. Include the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS) in future teaching sites. The NETS are to:

  • Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
  • Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
  • Model Digital-Age Work and Learning
  • Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
  • Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

Final grades will be based on the following scale of points:
94-100 A, 90-93 A-, 88-90 B+, 83-87 B, 80-82 B-, 79-77 C+, 76-73 C, 72-63 D, below 62 F

Click here for distribution of points toward the final grade, due dates, and an overview of course assignments.

Supplies Needed for the Course:

In this course you will need digital storage throughout the course and to save your semester work in an e-portfolio. There are some very affordable and portable options for this such as a 500 GB portable drive. Using a hard drive is much faster than burning data to DVDs and data can be rewritten on portable drives. U-drives on the computers at Penn State can provide up to 1 GB of storage space of your work to access on any Penn State networked computer. Increase your U-Drive storage to 10 GB at https://www.work.psu.edu/.

Media & Technology Support Services, a division of the University Libraries, offers for student check-out a full range of portable audiovisual and technology equipment (laptop computers, LCD projectors, digital video cameras, digital still cameras, digital audio recorders, SVGA supported television monitor, 16mm projectors, overhead projectors, etc.).You may check-out equipment at the Media & Technology Services (MTSS) at the Wagner Annex for 24 hours, a weekend, or other specified time periods. Reserve prior to date you need it by calling 865-5400 or emailing UL-MTSSEQ@LISTS.PSU.EDU.

Facilities & Technology Support:

The Patterson Building computer labs are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Software programs have tutorial and "help" functionality to search for directions on specific techniques.

Penn State's Information Technology Services (ITS) provides support for use of technology. Among the services is The Media Commons, which offers consulting and assistance to students who have questions or problems with technology-based assignments and projects. The Media Commons offers students an innovative place to create and edit e-portfolios, record and upload podcasts, and edit clips for video-based assignments. Tutors are available on a convenient drop-in basis (no appointments). Visit their website at http://mediacommons.psu.edu/ for more information about services and to view online and drop-in tutoring schedule.

All technology classrooms are equipped with a telephone. If you experience problems with computers or printers please call the Hotline at 8-777-0035. This number is staffed Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m.-1:00 a.m.; Saturday &; Sunday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is required and very important to enable your completion of assignments. Absences will impact your grade. Usually those that miss 3 or more absences fall too far behind to earn better than a B. Additionally, some aspects of the grade such as participation in critiques or presentation of your work can only be earned if you are present. Prior arrangements with me concerning an unavoidable absence help you to keep up with the learning in the course and, therefore, obtain a high grade. I encourage you to attend professional conferences in your field, therefore your absence in class for such attendance is excused with prior arrangements.

This course is in accordance with Faculty Senate Policy 42-27 on Attendance: The faculty senate policy, effective Fall 2002, states that students who miss class due to legitimate, unavoidable reasons such as illness, injury or family emergency should have the opportunity to make up evaluative events. While notifying the instructor in a timely manner is a key expectation, the senate policy does not mandate official documentation of student illness or other unavoidable reasons for absence. In preparing the calendar for an academic year, the University makes every effort to avoid conflicts with religious holidays. When conflicts are unavoidable, please notify me to make special arrangements.

Academic Integrity:

University Policies and Rules Guidelines states that academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at The Pennsylvania State University, and all members of the University community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. Consistent with this expectation, the University's Code of Conduct states that all students should act with personal integrity, respect other students' dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts.

Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others.

Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to acts such as cheating on exams or assignments; plagiarizing the words or ideas of another; fabricating information or citations; facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others; claiming authorship of work done by another person; submitting work completed in previous classes; and/or submitting the same work to multiple classes in which a student is enrolled simultaneously.

Plagiarism is the use of more than three consecutive words, ideas, or images of another author without proper citation. Proper citation formats must follow one of the academic writing style manuals such as APA, Chicago, MLA, or Turabian. All images and text from the Internet, journals, or books must have full citation to be used in your work. Linked here is a guide on how to cite social media in APA and MLA.


Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's educational programs. Every Penn State campus has an office for students with disabilities. The Office for Disability Services (ODS) Web site provides contact information for every Penn State campus: http://equity.psu.edu/ods/dcl. For further information, please visit the Office for Disability Services Web site: http://equity.psu.edu/ods.

In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, you must contact the appropriate disability services office at the campus where you are officially enrolled, participate in an intake interview, and provide documentation: http://equity.psu.edu/ods/guidelines. If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, your campus’s disability services office will provide you with an accommodation letter. Please share this letter with your instructors and discuss the accommodations with them as early in your courses as possible. You must follow this process for every semester that you request accommodations.

If you need alternate arrangements or modifications to meet course requirements, please contact me during the first week of classes (see Americans with Disabilities Act, 26 July 1990, Penn State's Nondiscrimination Policy, and the Office for Disability Services).

Click here for information regarding eligibility for services and the procedures for obtaining services.

Health and Safety Information:

Every effort will be made to comply with the intent of state laws or acts and the University Health and Safety Program in an effort to maintain a safe academic and working environment. Information and awareness of safety factors will be included in the course content when applicable.

When using a computer the main safety practice is to keep your arm, wrist, and hand in a straight line as you use the keyboard or mouse to avoid muscle stress, inflammation, and injury. Also take breaks, stretch, and look at objects in the distance periodically. Use Internet Explorer's "View menu" and "Text Zoom" to increase the font size of this and any Web page to meet your vision needs.

Click here for emergency procedures and phone numbers. Dial 911 for emergencies, (814) 863-1111 for University Police, or (814) 231-6110 for Centre Community Hospital Emergency Department. Patterson, room 304, has a phone by the podium to use (when there is not a class in session) to call off campus. Flashing lights and an alarm inside a building mean fire. Exit quickly. Safe spaces for emotional health are linked here.

The shop, located at 108 Visual Arts Building, is intended to serve the entire School of Visual Arts and is available to all students enrolled in SoVA courses who have completed the appropriate orientation. Students in the School of Visual Arts may find themselves working in the shop or in their studios or classrooms using a variety of power and hand held equipment, which may cause injury. Students should use the shop only after having received an orientation in the use of such equipment and when supervised by faculty or shop personnel. Should any injuries occur, in the shop, studios, or classrooms in the School of Visual Arts please report them to Matt Olson, Shop Supervisor, Room 108-A Visual Arts Building, Phone: 814-865-3962, email: mjo5165@psu.edu.