Bamboo Canvas: Instructional Innovation for a Globalized Classroom
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State University of New York
Innovative Instructional Technology Grants
AbstractThis new project represents the next level of “Diverse Techniques of Art and Crafts,” originally funded by IITG in 2016-2017 [record at http://hdl.handle.net/1951/71265.] Bamboo Canvas: Instructional Innovation for a Globalized Classroom will expand the project’s Phase 1 educational resources through an expanded website with virtual-reality features and two additional site applications: 1) an interactive map, and 2) an ecosystem application. Project components will also include in-depth research on the textile ecosystem, through a short visit to East Asia; outreach to share model pedagogical usages of the website; and dissemination of findings through a regional conference at FIT. Phase 1 evaluation indicated that the pilot website (http://bamboocanvas.org, with twenty videos) helped raise visitors’ awareness of global connectedness, but that more categories of artistic techniques and other features should be added. IITG Tier 3 funding would support this expansion and educational outreach, helping students and instructors activate new modes of learning in a globalized classroom.
DescriptionThis project aimed to develop a website dedicated to Asian art techniques. During the grant period of 2016-2017, a website called “Bamboo Canvas” was successfully developed at Fashion Institute of Technology, and it was offered to visitors at Stony Brook University's Charles B. Wang Center and SUNY Old Westbury's Amelie A. Wallace Gallery using hand-held devices or interactive monitors. The website increased diversity and access to a limited source of materials, demonstrating diverse techniques of art and craft in East Asia. It acts as an egalitarian and affordable way of providing a globalized learning environment and creating a curriculum for diversity. The website also increased connectivity among SUNY campuses and local art museums through use at conferences and exhibitions. Students who participated in this project benefitted from applied learning by utilizing their skills acquired in the program of Art History and Museum Professions at FIT and by pursuing career success in galleries. Some of them got a full-time job as a result of their experience with this project. Overall, Bamboo Canvas has led to improved student learning ability and performance.
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