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Short papers / Cultivating Human Potential in Virtual Art Studios
- Abstract: How can art educators fulfill human potential in the process of teaching and learning in online art studios? How can they transmit their passion and enthusiasm for art making in virtual environments teaching and learning to cultivate human potential in the virtual classroom? This paper investigates the ability of remote art learning to unlock human capabilities. Based on the definitions of human potential, we specifically examine three aspects of learning behaviors and environments within this study. First, we focus on students’ self-discovery, self-directed learning, and self-efficacy. Second, we investigate the concepts of connection and communication, which are integrated into the virtual classroom. Lastly, we explore the unique characteristics of the educational environment for virtual teaching and learning. Inspired by Neurath, Chambers and Sandford (2019) illustrated educators in the digital age as “sailors who must rebuild their ship on the open sea” (p. 926). Based on these findings, we encourage other art educators to embed fluidity and flexibility into their online art educations practices, to facilitate the virtual art classroom that may cultivate human potential.
- Biography: Borim Song is an Associate Professor at the School of Art and Design of East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA. She holds her Ed.D. and Ed.M. from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, USA. Her scholarly interests include new technologies for art education, online education practice, contemporary art in K-12 curriculum, cross-cultural and intercultural movements, and community-based art education for underserved population. Song’s writings on art, art education, and cultural studies appear in publications in both the U.S. and Korea. She is the recipient of the 2022 Art Education Technology Group Outstanding Teaching Award (National Art Education Association) and 2021 Kathy Connors Teaching Award (NAEA Women’s Caucus).
Kyungeun Lim is an Assistant Professor at the School of Art of Northern Arizona University. She obtained her Ph.D. from Indiana University Bloomington, double majoring in 1) Art Education in Curriculum & Instruction and 2) Comparative Education in Education Policy Studies. She holds an M.A in Art Education and a B.F.A in Fine Art, focusing on Painting and Art Education from Seoul National University. She has been teaching arts and education from elementary school students to adults at schools, museums, and higher education institutions in traditional classroom settings and online classrooms-both synchronous and asynchronous. Lim’s research interests are online art education, arts integration, STEAM, and digital technologies in K-16 art education.
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