Art Education for Sustainable Development (AESD)

Nurul Nisa Omar
Faculty of Communication, Arts & Media, International University of Malaya-Wales

Art education for sustainable development is a rather new field of research. The most common understanding when one discussed sustainability is usually related to the environment, economy, and social issues. Nevertheless, art education is a transformative pedagogy of educational practices whereby learners are being taught through creativity, consciousness, and liberation (Illeris, 2012). For example, the process in producing design work will require learners to actively participate, investigate, and conduct multiple experiments in which their gained skills will then turn into long-lasting knowledge (Cadarso, 2015). Even though art educators can recognise the value in learning arts, it is also important to measure the impact to understand how art lessons can contribute to learners’ characteristics and personal development (Cerkez, T & Gabriela, B, 2013). This is in parallel with the effort to ensure sustainability in art and art education can be a contributing factor to students’ livelihood.

The Development of an E-Assessment Prototype for Communication Lecturers Using Three Levels of Digital Literacy

Nurul Nisa Omar
Faculty of Communication, Arts & Media, International University of Malaya-Wales
 
Yi Jun Phung²
KDU University College

This paper looks at the development of an e-assessment prototype as part of the digital transformation for the usual assessment practices among communication lecturers. This prototype is an innovative educational technology that was created for the easy evaluation of student assignments. The e-assessment prototype was developed based on the three levels of digital literacy of communication lecturers. The first level measured the lecturers’ digital competency by assessing their Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) through sets of questionnaires. The second level determined the features and requirements of the e-assessment through focus group discussions among lecturers. Finally, in the third level, an e-assessment prototype that meets the features and requirements identified was created. The sample of respondents who participated in this study were lecturers from the School of Communication and Creative Arts in KDU University College, Malaysia. This paper documents how the findings Of the three levels of digital literacy were used as the foundation for developing an e-assessment prototype called Operational Metric Assessment and Rubrics (OMAR). This e- assessment prototype, consisting of features and requirements as determined by the sampled lecturers, is useful in evaluating and assessing student work.

Sustainability in Art Education

Nurul Nisa Omar
Faculty of Communication, Arts & Media, International University of Malaya-Wales

Through the process of visual analysis of an artwork called ‘Hidden’, this research article explores the relevance of art and design projects for the development of AESD – Art Education for Sustainable Development. ‘Hidden’ is the name of one of the paintings produced in an art project by the Faculty of Communication, Arts and Media at the International University of Malaya-Wales, Malaysia. The concept of the project is for lecturers and students to produce artwork that revolves around the message of sustainability and 90% of the artwork must use recycled waste materials. The visual analysis of ‘Hidden’ covers five aspects of visual elements which are composition, focal point, colour, form, and symbolic value. It was found that there are multiple deepening sustainability messages within the artwork through the analysis of the actual meaning of the image, the estimate changes in meaning over time, and the student’s reflection and reaction. The main questions addressed by this article are: What are the complex ‘pool’ of sustainability messages generated through a single image? How producing art can stimulate students’ consciousness on the importance of sustainable living? In conclusion, this article proposes that AESD is a positive and useful approach for students to embrace the sustainability culture.