Images and aesthetic elements in the didactic design

Student thesis: Master programme thesis

Master i Ikt og Læring - Char
  • Charlotte Dale
4. term, Master of ICT and Learning (MIL) (Continuing education) (Continuing Education Programme (Master))
"Image and aesthetic elements in the didactic design" is a theoretical /analytical project for which a mock-up is produced as a solution to the inclusion of images and aesthetic elements in didactic design. The basis of the project is digital learning environments, and focuses on learning potentials in visual aesthetic elements of didactic design, by asking the question: How can visual aesthetic aspects support didactic design and thus the learning process in digital learning resources? The methodical work is comprehensive with theoretical analysis based on key concepts within the Art and Design subject. These are inspired by an analytical image model as well as by concepts to analyze the image domains. This is to qualify the field images and aesthetics of didactic design. In the chapter of theoretical learning, theories about individual and social learning are discussed. As a basis for theories and reflections on didactics, there is chosen a teaching model which gives a concrete and comprehensive framework for analyzing teaching materials. Attention is also focused on the involvement of Ict-tools in teaching design contexts, and the associated theories of synchronous and asynchronous work as well as the use of Web. 2.0 Services in digital learning environments. Analysis of 3 selected digital learning environments shows that the involvement of visual aesthetic elements of the digital learning environment is not random, but predominantly selected to extend the meanings of learning content. The visual aesthetic elements in the learning environment, is also selected for the different age groups, the teaching material is produced for. There is also concluded that the interaction and transaction becomes a part of the problem solutions, and the material is not the student's individual and private but social to use among others who will work with the same subject. The conclusions of the analysis are used as a basis for making a didactic design proposal for a digital learning environment. The Master project proposes in its perspective that the challenges for future didactic designer will be particularly to open students' ways to recognize aesthetic elements and let them find new meanings.
Publication date2010
Number of pages79
Publishing institutionAalborg Universitet


Eks 1 Mock-up
Eks. 2 mock-up
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