My teaching philosophy reflects my understanding of new media and fine arts, and stems from a conviction that learning is an open and non-linear process. It also reflects my understanding of the cross boundaries of fine arts, technology and science; and how new media art intrinsically connects and intersects these different fields. I place great emphasis on providing a balanced atmosphere of creative and critical thinking, research, intellectual discourse, experimentation, and technical skill. My open-ended, cross-disciplinary approach to teaching derives from my own passionate engagement with contemporary issues and ideas in art, society, science and technology.
I believe that I am most effective in the classroom when I can flexibly balance curricular objectives, content, and criteria with what I learn about and from my students and their interests. One of the beauties of teaching new media art, one that sets it apart from many other academic areas of study, is that there is rarely only one right answer to a question or correct approach to a task. Another is that students already inhabit digitally saturated environments on a daily basis. These factors help me accommodate their different learning styles, aesthetic choices, intellectual and social interests. They also challenge me to remain open to new ideas, different pedagogical approaches, and new technologies that can spark the learning and creative processes.
As a teacher working with new media art in the classroom, I try to convey to students that what is most important is not knowledge of a specific medium or technology but the objectives of communication and interaction, perceptions and processes. My projects and assignments aim to inspire students not only to think creatively and critically, but also to embrace their mistakes and find solutions that engage them with the world. Software and hardware are always changing, so deepening digital literacy involves learning how to relate flexibly to these different tools and choose those that are most appropriate for the specific message, task, or creative project.