Muhammad Sameed Ali

MA Art Education - Thesis Projects

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Dissertation Abstract

My reasons for researching the viability of virtual learning platforms in Lahore, Pakistan surface from my own social and practical experiences. From an art student studying on campus in a classroom to an art facilitator teaching photography workshops online, and then to both a student and instructor online due to the recent pandemic, I have observed that the advent of technology is seen as an impediment by older and more experienced art facilitators. Following the stringent rules of a studio in a university, I questioned the veracity of the role of an art facilitator teaching online. Without a doubt most of the people now in Pakistan have access to a mobile phone. This inevitably means that many of us are living in a visual world continuously surrounded by technology. Be it in a grocery store, using an elevator, or eating dinner at a local hotel, it is inevitable to look around and see a lot of the public ‘plugged’ into technology. I wanted to see how technology has the power to free us; and what limitations might surface, if we used it in the teaching of art. 

"We need to bring learning to people instead of people to learning." 

- Elliott Masie

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