Citation: Beck, D. (2018). Welcome to Gallery 5: An immersive digital art experience. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 19(17). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.18113/P8ijea1917
Unfortunately, many schools have suffered budget cuts, heeded employer and state demands for increased STEM education, and faced increased pressure to prepare the children in their care for high stakes standardized exams, making art as an academic discipline an afterthought. To help bridge this gap, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in Bentonville, Arkansas, partnered with Virtual Arkansas to author high-quality digital courses for public high school students in Arkansas. The course includes extensive use of Gallery 5, an immersive, 3D online experience in which students curated their own art collection. This paper provides qualitative analysis of a pilot study of one of the courses, Art Appreciation: The American Identity. Qualitative data was examined, considering themes that inductively emerged from data collected using interviews and a focus group. Finally, recommendations are presented that should lead to learning design improvements.
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