June 17-19
Anaheim, CA

Untangling Spaghetti: How to Teach Complicated Workflows (Like Photography) Online (Encore Session)

Wednesday June 20th, 2018 at 11:00 am - 11:50 am
San Simeon
Effective Practices

Teaching photography (or any other multi-step, hands-on activity) via distance education presents unique sets of challenges. In the case of digital photography, the challenges begin with the vast array of cameras that students use for the class—each with its own configuration of buttons, dials, and menus. There is also the matter of teaching the use of image processing software, which typically spans two or more generations on both Windows and Mac platforms. Then there are the more traditional challenges of helping students discover their own vision while also requiring them to master standardized concepts of camera mechanics and file management. Inspired by the idea of untangling spaghetti, this presentation will focus on strategies for using Canvas to help online students learn complicated workflows. Among the strategies for success that Syl will discuss are: • The importance of reinforcing student confidence as they learn complicated processes online • The advantage of assessing the process vs. assessing the product • Using Canvas to simplifying complicated workflows into discrete concepts • Why checklists are as useful to online students as they are to brain surgeons and pilots • Best practices in Canvas to diversify the means of student engagement. While Syl will speak from his perspective as a photography teacher, his insights are applicable to a wide range of courses.

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