Telling Story! Voice in Photography: An online visual art critical studies program evaluation


  • Sandra Semchuk
  • Laural Tien



This article highlights the current dialogue about educational technology and ways of knowing in visual art education. The authors outline and evaluate the development and testing phases of a hypertextual online visual art course offered at the then Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design ( in the summer of 2001. Through this, we offer a framework for the evaluation of online visual art critical studies courses.

Keywords: online art education; digital technology; photography; hyper-textual online learning community; visual art

Author Biographies

Sandra Semchuk

Sandra Semchuk is a practicing artist/ photographer whose photographs and installations are collected and exhibited nationally and internationally. The stories that Sandra tells with photographs, text, and video come from experience and are an articulation of the value she places on learning from and with others, particularly, family and friends, through dialogue and collaboration. Sandra’s email address is:

Laural Tien

Laurel Tien is an artist, mother, arts advocate, researcher, art educator, and a PhD student in Curriculum Studies/ Art Education at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Laurel’s research interests include arts-informed and embodied ways of knowing/ research, and educational technology. Her art creation passions include process-oriented art making in a number of media (painting, photo-based, mixed-media collage) and art in the everyday. Feel free to contact Laurel by visiting her website at:




How to Cite

Semchuk, S., & Tien, L. (2004). Telling Story! Voice in Photography: An online visual art critical studies program evaluation. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 5(3).



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