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Author : Caroline Scarles
School/Work Place : University of Surrey, UK
Contact : c.scarles@surrey.ac.uk
Year : 2011

As Sontag (1979) stated, we live in an image-based world within which we are continuously bombarded with visuals in countless formats and guises. However, despite such image saturation, academic engagement whether through teaching or research continues to be restrained within the boundaries of text as the written word. While Barthes (1977) refers to the "image as text", this paper suggests that such analogies to the image as a form of representation fail to capture the potential of the visual as a vehicle for learning and teaching within academic environments. Indeed, while visuals are increasingly adopted within the learning and teaching environment, examples of the use of visuals as a means of assessment remain relatively scarce. Drawing upon two innovative forms of assessment, this paper therefore seeks to explore the opportunities the visual affords for encouraging deeper reflexivity, creativity and understanding within the student experience. As students are required to understand the complexities of sustainable tourism, this paper suggests that innovative forms of visual-based assessment offer not only the opportunity for students not only to draw upon existing third-party images to support or enhance their work, but in creating their own images, students become empowered within the learning environment. Thus, visuals generate opportunity for deeper engagement and in turn, learning and understanding of sustainable tourism during their experience.


List of Articles
No. Subject Views Date
4 Think Tank XI Use of Cases in an Ethical Teaching Resource for Touri... file 2437 Oct 14, 2013

Ethical problems are an integral part of all professions and academic disciplines (Clarkeburn, 2002). However, it is recognised that the increasing application of technology by students in research is not always matched by consideration of ...

Author: Carl Cater 

Year: 2011 

3 Think Tank XI Identifying Critical Issues in Designing Educational T... file 3157 Oct 14, 2013

Education is seen as an important way to contribute to development. The World Bank finances educational projects with large amounts of money every year because it is convinced that improving education can help alleviate poverty by raising i...

Author: Kerstin Freudenthaler & Anja Hergesell 

Year: 2011 

2 Think Tank XI Sustainable Tourism Course Structure and Associated St... file 13884 Oct 14, 2013

The author has developed and delivered Sustainable Tourism (S.T.) related courses at Institutions of Higher Education in Paris, London, Helsinki, and Parnu, Estonia over the last 10 years. The focus of the presentation would be the S.T. con...

Author: James Holleran 

Year: 2011 

» Think Tank XI Visualising Sustainability: Reflections on Applied Stu... file 5163 Oct 14, 2013

As Sontag (1979) stated, we live in an image-based world within which we are continuously bombarded with visuals in countless formats and guises. However, despite such image saturation, academic engagement whether through teaching or resear...

Author: Caroline Scarles 

Year: 2011 

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