Visual Literacy Ability of Design Students in Virtual Class Settings


The condition of design education in Indonesia today has changed with the presence of ICT in the learning process and the popularity of implementing online learning. With the government's policy to implement Hybrid Learning successfully, studio based-learning in design students, which usually uses face-to-face learning processes, has partially moved into a virtual space. Visual literacy is everything about understanding, using, thinking, and expressing through images. Visual literacy is vital in understanding basic design in the Visual Communication Design study program. This research seeks to examine visual literacy in virtual learning spaces, in the phenomenon of online learning in higher education in the field of visual communication design, which primarily uses studio-based learning, namely methods that prioritize design stages with direct experience, lecturer directions, and collaboration between individuals in a studio room. By conducting qualitative research using survey methods, interviews, and discussions with students participating in studio classes and reviewing the latest visual literacy theories, the conditions in the virtual studio room changed visual understanding, which was limited to computer screens. This preliminary research can contribute to the design of instructional media, understanding the concept of virtuality in the studio space, and applying hybrid learning to design education in the future.

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R.A. Dita Saraswati, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia

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Conference: SEACE2024
Stream: Learning Experiences

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Saraswati R. (2024) Visual Literacy Ability of Design Students in Virtual Class Settings ISSN: 2435-5240 The Southeast Asian Conference on Education 2024: Official Conference Proceedings
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