The following list includes the academic staff of the MA in ePedagogy Design - Visual Knowledge Building program from the respective coordinating and particpating institutions (latest update soon to follow):
AALTO UNIVERSITY – SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN
Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss is professor of communication and education technologies in visual culture and head of the international MA-program ePedagogy Design – Visual Knowledge Building at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. He studied philosophy, graphics, art and design education and communication theory in Salzburg and Vienna (MA, PhD).
The last 20 years he worked as art and design teacher, media artist, graphic designer, author, multimedia-developer and university teacher. He has been involved in several art and design related e-learning initiatives, managing the design, content creation and media-didactical concepts.
His research interests are in the visual knowledge building in collaborative learning processes, and the media-didactical implications how technology, pedagogy and organizational structure influence and constrain each other in the process of educational change. He has served as external assessor and reviewer for a number of scientific and research bodies, including the European Commission in the Programmes IST, eLearning, Media, Erasmus, etc. and has received several honours and scholarships.
His latest publications include: MASHUP CULTURES. Springer Wien / New York, 2010. (IN)VISIBLE. Learning to Act in the Metaverse. Springer Wien / NewYork, 2008; Art, Science and Education. In: Mel Alexenberg (ed.) Educating Artists for the Future: Learning at the Intersections of Art, Science, Technology and Culture. University of Chicago Press, 2008. Medien-Bildungs Sampling. In: Iwan Pasuchin (ed.) Intermediale künstlerische Bildung. koaped: München 2007. http://www.sonvilla-weiss.org
Owen Kelly currently teaches digital interactive media at Arcada, a university of applied sciences in Helsinki, Finland. He was born in Birkenhead, England and studied English Literature and Sociology (with Computer Science) at the University of Keele, Staffordshire. He subsequently worked in London as a community artist, and edited Another Standard, the UK community arts magazine; as an a cultural consultant; Apple Macintosh trainer; a freelance programmer; and a lecturer in interactive media. He is the author of Community, Art and the State, and Digital Creativity. He coauthored Another Standard: culture & democracy, and The Creative Bits; and contributed to several more. His consultancy work has included Helsinki’s successful bid for City of Culture status, as well as the international EU-funded Ittaca research into training for the cultural industries, organised by the Fondation Marcel Hicter. He moved to Finland in 1998, where he worked as a web designer and programmer during the first internet bubble. His recent research projects include Marinetta Ombro, Arcada’s learning laboratory for online pedagogy and synthetic culture; and the development of the memi, a lifelong online learning space. In 2007, he received a master’s degree in epedagogy from the University of Art and Design Helsinki. He is a founding member of The League of Worlds, an annual conference dedicated to exploring the pedagogicial implications of simluation and virtuality. His personal web site can be found at www.owenkelly.net
University of Hamburg (UH)
Torsten Meyer is professor of educational science and new media. He is head of the MultiMedia-Studio at the Faculty of Education at the University of Hamburg and co-ordinator of MA ePedagogy Design – Visual Knowledge Building in Hamburg. He studied at the University of Lüneburg, the University of Hamburg and the Academy of Fine Arts Hamburg (HFBK), on topics of education, arts, sociology and philosophy. He received a scholarship from the graduate college „Ästhetische Bildung“ (Aesthetics Education) at the University of Hamburg, supported by DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft). The main topic of Torsten Meyers teaching- and research-activities is the contention with communicational, sociological, psychological and cultural effects, prospects, possibilities and realities of so-called „new media“especially the Internet. Based on poststructural psychoanalysis and system theories enriched by lots of knowledgeable experiences in conception und production of new media projects he is interested in questions dealing with the relation of subject and society under conditions of new media technologies.
His latest publications include: Meyer, Torsten et al. (ed.): Education Within a New Medium. Knowledge Formation and Digital Infrastructure, Münster/New York/München/Berlin: Waxmann 2008.
Wey-Han Tan graduated 2006 in edcuational sciences (’Diplompädagogik’) with minors in sociology and informatics and a focus on new media in education. He is also a MA graduate from ePedagogy Design – Visual Knowledge Building. Over the last years I have given courses in the MultiMediaStudio of the University of Hamburg and at the University of Lüneburg, as well as having worked as a freelance Macromedia/Lingo-programmer. Currently he is employed at the University of Hamburg as coordinator of the eLearningBüro of the faculty for educational sciences, psychology and movement sciences.His main interests have been for a long time the working of the human mind and its interaction with its environment, resp. the handling of ‘reality’. That’s what originally drove him to study for a medical degree, but after some terms he noticed that educational science would suit better, especially in combination with psychology, sociology and informatics. For him, there emerged a natural focus on games and play, as well as constructivism, especially radical constructivism. Both topics deal with human experience in a constructed, rule-based environment. Thus educational relevance can be seen on several levels: within the constructed realities as a given; on the working of rules and expectations as constructed borders; and on the willful or challenged change between different frames of reference.
Christina Ferner, Dipl. Ing. and M.A., born in 1978. After her studies in media technology at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg she participated in the master program ePedagogy Design – Visual Knowledge Building. She graduated in December 2007 with a master thesis about „Networking in universities – how universities can accept the challenge and take and active, formative role.“ Since 2005 she has given courses in adult education at the MultiMedia Studio at the University of Hamburg. In 2007 she coordinated the European project „WPO-Trainer“ for the Hamburg University of Technology. Since December 2007 she has been employed as a scientific assistant in the project ePUSH at the University of Hamburg. Since January 2008 she has also been working as a coordinator in the eLearningBüro of the faculty for educational sciences, psychology and movement sciences. Her research interest is focused on teaching and learning in networked, digital structures and the correlation of communication structures and the development of media.