Salzburg Education Workgroup Meeting


Education Workgroup Meeting

The 3rd biannual meeting of the International Education Workgroup was hosted 11-12 November 2011 by Dr. Claudia Jeschke, Department of Music and Dance Studies, Salzburg University. The focus of the meeting was the Virtual Dance University -- an E-learning programme for dance studies initiated by Dr. Jeschke in cooperation with Dr. Nicole Haitzinger. Meeting Participants: Roman Arndt, Irene Brandenburg, Rose Breuss, Scott deLahunta, Ingo Diehl, Vera Grund, ... (list continues) 

First meeting in the Derra de Moroda Dance Studio, Salzburg University. Photo: Martin Streit

(list cont.) Nik Haffner, Nicole Haitzinger, Lisa Hinterreithner, Elisabeth Hirner, Claudia Jeschke, Leo Renneke, Gerald Siegmund, Martin Streit, Sarah Whatley

The aim was firstly to review and evaluate the online Virtual Dance University (VDU) course taught in 2005 and secondly how to connect the academic-led concept of VDU to artist-led projects being developed in the frame of Motion Bank and/or coming out of other related projects including 'Visualizing Dance Archives' (a research project aimed at creating a 3D animation software for dance and choreography)

Leo Renneke discussing the Visualising Dance Archives project. Photo: Martin Streit

The VDU consisted of four courses designed for BA level dance education: 1) Introduction to dance studies; 2) 20th century dance history; 3) On the media archive of dance; 4) Dance notation. The courses provided material as well as teaching/ learning strategies to be adapted by instructors. During the meeting three of the dance teachers who had used the VDU in their programmes (Rose Breuss in Linz, Roman Arndt in Essen, Gerald Siegmund in Gießen) spoke of their various experiences. This was followed by a discussion about how to develop the VDU further.

Left to right: Nicole Haitzinger, Nik Haffner, Ingo Diehl, Roman Arndt, Rose Breuss, Gerald Siegmund, Sarah Whatley, Martin Streit. Photo: Martin Streit

The focus then shifted to artist-led publication projects such as those developed at Motion Bank. A key question to emerge was how are these projects educational? What is their specific value? One of the proposals to emerge was the concept to develop an e-learning platform as a reference space for studying and understanding these emerging (artist-led) resources. This turned out to be a key concept for the Education Workgroup. See a list of important questions in Section II in the draft proposal here.

Scott deLahunta discussing Synchronous Objects. Photo: Martin Streit