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Technoparticipation: The use of digital realia in arts education


Technoparticipation is a project that started in 2015, which aims to explore how ‘realia’ can be integrated into arts education. The word realia refers to objects from everyday life, used to improve students' understanding of real life situations, and ‘facilitate[s] the [creative] process’ (Piazzoli, 2017). This article explores applications as everyday digital realia – Skype, Textwall and TitanPad – to consider the benefits and drawbacks of using realia in the classroom. These tools facilitate a wider consideration of other digital applications that could be employed as digital realia in teaching and how, as Paige Abe and Nickolas A. Jordan suggest, ‘using social media in the classroom creates a new pattern of social encounter’ (2013, p.17). 


communication skills, participation, peer assessment, realia, reflective practice, technology-enhanced learning


Author Biography

Dr Lee Campbell

Dr Lee Campbell is an artist, curator and lecturer in Fine Art at University of Lincoln and an Associate Lecturer on BA (Hons) Performance: Design & Practice at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. His practice explores how meaning is constructed through politics of space and the politics of artist articulated through visual and verbal languages. He has published extensively in journals/books including Performativity in the Gallery and PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research. He is co-organising (with Lisa Gaughan) a conference entitled Provocative Pedagogies: Performative Teaching and Learning at University of Lincoln in October 2017. 



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