Awardee: Michael Connors
Team Members: Dan LaValley, Catherine Stephens
Professor Connors moved his virtual critique environment from Croquet to Second Life. He designed and
implemented a design gallery where students could explore a fellow student's work's genesis from research to thumbnails to selected sketches and the final work. This leads to the critique and the Critique_It™ environment.
the critique process and provides a framework for online social critical
discourse. Students final artworks are on the exterior walls.
In the central space, students move through the stages of the critique: Protocol
Review, Direct Observation / Spontaneous Response, Comparative Analysis,
Formal Analysis, Artist's Statement, The Defense, and finally Revision
if necessary. Each stage has an alcove with instructions. The
student is generally directed to a wiki where he or she responds
to an artwork within the context of that stage of the critique process.