Dr Lee Campbell Dr Lee Campbell is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art for The School of Fine and Performing Arts, College of Arts

“Broadening access is inherent to my pedagogical approach and is a fundamental issue of inclusion in vision impairment (VI) communities. Never has there been a time in which the meanings of access are so broadened via technological mediation—that draw on all senses. As teachers, we are encouraged to make our teaching visual to engage students without realising that we may be alienating some students – teaching needs to use all the senses and provide possibilities for kinaesthetic learning. Relying all senses, then, becomes an aspect of public pedagogy that is more inclusive. My current research focuses on pedagogic strategies for accommodating students with visual impairment and I have recently published an article for Royal National Institute of Blind People’s ‘In Sight’ online magazine sharing useful adaptations drawn on my experience to help make learning about art accessible for students with visual impairment (https://www.rnib.org.uk/insight-online/fine-art-adaptations-student-vision-impairment). I aim to improve the breadth and depth of knowledge about human culture in relation to increasing understanding of VI by engaging both sighted and non-sighted persons in a series of practical experiments that promote experiential learning through a deployment of performative pedagogies. I have carried out a full literature review on this topic finding very little across the disciplines (Performance Art and VI) and have found a gap to explore. Digital pedagogy is also another key area of my teaching approach and I am also currently looking at ways in which to use technology to support students with little/no vision by offering feedback through auditory forms i.e. providing these students with sound recordings of me reading individual feedback. This will form part of a project, ‘Technoparticipation’, that I have engaged in since 2015. Technoparticipation is a project which aims to explore how social media (Skype, Google Docs, Textwall) as digital ‘realia’ (objects from everyday life used to improve students’ understanding of real life situations) can be integrated into arts education. As technologists Paige Abe and Nickolas A. Jordan in ‘Integrating social media into the classroom curriculum’, About Campus, suggest, ‘using social media in the classroom creates a new pattern of social encounter’.”

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