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A ED 322: Visual Culture & Educational Technologies
Syllabus Fall 2018

School of Visual Arts

Schedule # 1742
• Section 001
(3 credits)

Tuesdays & Thursdays
6:00 - 7:55 p.m. EST
August 21—Dec. 6, 2018

401 Patterson & 207 Arts Cottage

Dr. Karen Keifer-Boyd
210 Arts Cottage

Office hours: 8-9 PM Tues. & 5-6 PM Thurs.
210 Arts Cottage &/or email for appointmen

mixed reality, remix aesthetics

consciousness, communication, creativity

collaboration, transformation

360-degree video, 3D printing

cyberart & 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 INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION (ISTE) Standards for Teachers in future teaching sites. The ISTE (formerly NETS) standards 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 10 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 https://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 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. 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.

If circumstances (e.g., hospitalization, emergency, or death of an immediate family member) prevent a student from contacting instructors, Student and Family Services (814-863-2020), should be notified in order that they may notify the instructors. Students or their parents/guardians may be requested to provide documentation verifying the legitimacy of the absence. Students are responsible for contacting faculty to request accommodations or arrangements to make up missed work or evaluative events. University Health Services offers guidelines for verification of a student's illness. UHS may provide verification of illness forms only for prolonged illnesses or injuries resulting in absence from classes.

Student Action

1. Complete a class absence form or obtain a comparable letter.
2. Present the form letter to the course instructor at least one week prior to the first absence. (The instructor should be notified of unanticipated absence(s) as soon as you are aware that a conflict exists.)
3. Make arrangements with the course instructor to make up missed work.

If there is a disagreement about making up missed work, you should try to resolve the problem with me, the course instructor. If the disagreement is not resolved, you may seek resolution by making an appointment to meet with the Director of SoVA. If the situation is unresolved, you may follow the additional steps described in Academic Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual, E-11.

False claims by a student may be considered a violation of the Academic Integrity policy. A student whose class performance is unsatisfactory due to missing classes or being too far behind in course work might consider late course drop, deferred grade, or withdrawal.

The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. Please consult your academic adviser for more detailed information.

Academic Integrity:

Penn State defines academic integrity as the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Students taking classes in the School of Visual Arts are expected to uphold the principles of academic integrity, which means they do not “engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception.” —From Penn State's University Faculty Senate Policy 49-2
Most instances where academic integrity is breached occur because students do not take enough care when completing a course assignment. Areas most in need of monitoring are Sources, Plagiarism and Citations.

To complete assignments students need to consult sources. Printed books, reputable journals and magazines, museum websites, exhibition catalogs, are some common sources consulted. These sources carry the authority of information that has been open to peer review and can be traced and checked. Unreliable academic sources are those that merely present a personal view.

Penn State defines Plagiarism is the act of stating or implying that another person's work is your own. http://tlt.its.psu.edu/plagiarism/tutorial/definition You commit plagiarism if you:

  • Submit a paper to be graded or reviewed that you have not written on your own.
  • Knowingly trace, copy or otherwise transfer someone else’s image and use is as your own.
  • Copy answers or text from another classmate and submit it as your own.
  • Quote or paraphrase from another paper without crediting the original author.
  • Cite data without crediting the original source.
  • Propose another author's idea as if it were your own.
  • Fabricating references or using incorrect references.

Citations and References
Citations are a necessary part of writing papers, preparing artist statements, or any formal documentation that is part of your assignments for meeting program requirements. It is your responsibility to understand how to correctly cite sources. All information that has been directly quoted or paraphrased from ANY source needs to be cited within the text of your paper and listed in the Bibliography or References. Information used from unacknowledged sources may be considered plagiarism (see above).

Citation Guide
Different systems of referencing use different methods of citing sources in academic writing and publication (e.g. MLA, Chicago and APA). All systems, however, follow the principle that directly quoted and paraphrased information needs to be cited, both within the text of your paper through parenthetical reference as well as at the end of the paper in a Bibliography or Reference list. See the following sites for guidance in citing sources: MLA: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/  APA: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ Chicago: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/717/01/.
No matter what style guide you use, be consistent. In citing online sources, be sure to include the URL so others can locate your references. In Art Education courses the preferred style is APA.


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).

Student Well-being, Health, and Safety Information

Penn State takes great pride to foster a diverse and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff. Acts of intolerance, discrimination, or harassment due to age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religious belief, sexual orientation, or veteran status are not tolerated and can be reported through Educational Equity via the Report Bias webpage.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis situation please dial 911 for emergencies, (814) 863-1111 for University Police, or (814) 231-6110 for Centre Community Hospital Emergency Department. Patterson, rooms 401 and 304, have 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.

Penn State’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers its students mental health services in the form of case management, community resource referrals, supportive listening, care giver support and much more. Services are designed to enhance students' ability to fully benefit from the University environment and academic experience. Call CAPS at 814-863-0395 (8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday EST) or submit an inquiry online to schedule an appointment.

The mental health advocate can help you address mental health concerns that may interfere with your academic progress or social development.  Common concerns include anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties and stress.

If faculty or staff learn of any potential violation of Penn State’s gender-based misconduct policy (rape, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking) by any means, we are required to notify the Title IX Coordinator at Penn State. However, once the Title IX Office sends an email to the student, the student DOES NOT have to respond unless seeking services from that office. If students want to talk with someone confidentially, the following resources are available on and off campus: Gender Equity Center (814-863-2027 at 204 Boucke), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) (814-863-0395 and ask to speak to a member of the purple team), and the Centre County Women’s Resource Center (877-234-5050 at 104 W. Nittany Ave.). Speaking with a confidential resource does not preclude you from making a formal report to the Title IX Coordinator, if and when you are ready. Confidential resources can guide you through all reporting options, and can also provide information and assistance in accessing academic, medical, and other support services needed.

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 "Text Zoom" to increase the font size of this and any Web page to meet your vision needs.

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