Making immersive technology accessible for art and design teaching

Dunseath, J (2023) Making immersive technology accessible for art and design teaching. In: Accelerate Multiplier Event, 18 May 2023, UK / Ireland / Poland / Ukraine [online].

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‘ACCELERATE: Accessible Immersive Learning for Art and Design’ bought together art and design lecturers, educational researchers, and learning technologists from the UK, Ireland, Poland, and Ukraine to reflect on the impact of COVID-19 on higher education teaching to explore new possibilities for pedagogy and digital innovation. The project focused on the potential transformative role of immersive technologies (augmented, virtual, and extended reality) in the teaching of art and design while recognising that many learners face significant challenges in engaging effectively with XR technologies: disabilities; complex personal circumstances; low quality devices; poor and unreliable internet access. This 2-year Erasmus + ‘Strategic Partnership’ (2021-23) had a simple but ambitious aim: to improve the teaching of art and design at higher education in a post-pandemic Europe through the development of innovative methodologies, tools, platforms, and resources for accessible immersive learning. Drawing on the spirit of practice-led creative innovation, ACCELERATE created a new prototype platform for accessible immersive teaching in art and design that aimed to democratise XR technology. The collaborative development of this immersive ecosystem—open-source, scalable, sustainable—as a gateway for art and design lecturers and students with little or no previous experience of XR technologies was informed by a considered evaluation of the impact of COVID-19 on art and design teaching at the partner universities, the co-drafting of a Methodological guide, and a standalone online training course for lecturers populated with teaching materials, including co-created case studies that draw on the shared expertise and perspectives of all the project partners. By engaging with the layered complexities of XR accessibility and immersive learning, ACCELERATE has the capacity to be genuinely pioneering in its pedagogical and technological outcomes and find new ways of engaging with art and design students from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)

Priorities: Innovative Practices in a Digital Era, Building Inclusive Higher Education Systems, Skills Development and Inclusion through Creativity and the Arts.

Partners: Bath Spa University (UK), University of Arts London (UK), Institute of Art, Design and Technology (Ireland), SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Poland), Sumy State University & Chernivtsi National University (Ukraine).

Multiplier Event - 18 May 2023
Multiple hands-on events were held on 18 May 2023 to share our findings and to demonstrate the online methodologies, tools, platforms, and resources that we have been developing. These events were held simultaneously in the UK, Ireland, Poland, and Ukraine and included opportunities to use VR to meet with others across the project and learn more about our international collaborations. Bath Spa University held two events at Locksbrook Road campus at 9.30am-12pm and at 1pm-3.30pm.

BSU Project Manager Ian Gadd. Academic Lead, Jenny Dunseath, led on the Methodological Guide and Case Studies including work by BSU Dr Matt Freeman, Jonathan Kelham supported by Aimee Lax, Jon Warmington.

UN SDGs: Goal 4: Quality Education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Bath School of Art, Film and Media
Research Centres and Groups: Art Research Centre
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2023 13:13
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2023 13:13
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