University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Art, sesquicentennial celebration faculty exhibition
Douglas G. Marschalek [Kayak], pp. 52-53
Douglas G. Marschalek Professor UW-Madison Department of Art 1982 Are a Art education Other teaching positions Miami University, Oxford, OH Education 1980 Ed D University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana esign is essential to life. How we design objects and learning environments (physical and virtual) is of great interest to me. I could buy a kayak; or I could research and devise new forms of kayak design based upon personal criteria. How a form surrounds my body, how it feels in balance with me and the water, and how it enhances experience is all about art, design, aesthetics, problem solving, creativity, and life. Aspects of design and engineering have a special place in these efforts. How light weight, fluid in form, and aes- thetic one can make a structure is personally challenging. ¶ The process of design is applicable to many activities in life, including my research in interactive design of learning environments involving web page and CD-ROM design. My research background in cognition and learning are applied to the design of interactive learning environments which are a study of systems learning. In the design of kayaks, it is an exercise of bringing four systems together into one object: physical - structure of materials; universe biological - anthropometry & ergonomics; environment cultural - design across cultures technological - tools and human built structures ¶ These systems can be applied to the design of interactive environments delivered through com- puter technology.When thinking of and designing interactive learning environments in terms of sys- tems, the viewer/learner experiences art in many contexts which cross numerous fields to shape learning. Solutions to most real-world problems necessitate the application of multiple disciplines that are embedded in one or more of the systems.Through systems learning, underlying relationships can be found that profoundly shape solutions and learning.
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