The Qualities of Hypermedia and Digital Media Learning: Implications for Adult Visual Art Education Open Access
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The digital age that we live in enables art educators to readily integrate technology for learning. An exploration of hypermedia as a direct or indirect enhancement for adult, visual art education seeks to understand practical and theoretical concerns for hypermedia uses and other forms of digital media learning. Qualitative, semi structured interviews of both art educators and hypermedia researchers highlighted teaching practices infused with technology in various ways as well as cognitive and technical theories behind technological learning. Art educators interviewed for this study did not attribute the ideal environment for teaching the visual arts to adults as being hypermedia. What emerged was a conceptual framework for approaching adult visual arts education, with collaboration, discursive approaches and non-linear structuring being very much at the core and mirroring the inherent format of hypermedia itself.