I hope to expand the use of Life Forms into the studio composition course I
will be teaching next fall.
The second experiment is in online dance education has been in the area of
dance history. I have used the First/Class conferencing system (Sept. '97)
to add an online tutorial to regular face-to-face lectures in History of
Dance: Origins to the 20th Century, and will be using it again in History
of Dance: The 20th Century. This is mixed mode delivery. I have been very
encouraged by the online tutorial, and the students were highly
enthusiastic. I believed they learned much more in the course with the
Be forewarned: there is a pedagogical strategy to teaching online
successfully. And it is MORE, not less, work for the professor.
I will be presenting a workshop with Lisa Naugle at IDAT '99, "On-line
Learning and the Potential for Dance Education", if anyone is interested.
I would love to hear from anyone who is doing similar work, or would like
to collaborate in online courses from other places.
>What I am curious about is where others have developed programs and
>circumstances in which the digital and the dance come together in higher
>education - we should say 'institutional' situations. So, not the short
>intensive workshops taking place in quasi professional domains... but
>within the contexts of something which could be called a 'curriculum'.
>One of my observations of some of the university programs and research
>centers which are linked to the DTZ for example is that these do not appear
>to have risen out of a dance knowledge base, but from a computer/ media
>knowledge base... what I am interested in is growing digital related
>circumstances out of something which would be recognized immediately as a
>dancing context -- such as the Laban Centre (with what some might call its
>Couple of particular questions:
>1) are there any dance programs out there who have developed productive
>relationships with a computer science program for example interested in
>dance/ body knowledge and techniques of movement analysis
>2) are there dance programs making efforts to bring motion capture
>technologies into the dance studio and out of the commercial sites which
>have only concrete floors and relatively little space (credit: paul kaiser
>anecdotes from working on Hand Drawn Spaces)
Professor of Dance
School for the Contemporary Arts
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6