Future Digital Imagery

Future Digital Imagery

Shalin Hai-Jew (Kansas State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-972-4.ch014
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The use of digital imagery in e-learning will likely become more widespread and pedagogically sophisticated, both in the near-term and far-term. The technologies for image capture and manipulation will allow more graphical affordances, including uses in 3D, 4D, ambient spaces, augmented realities and augmented virtualities. Visualizations will likely offer a greater variety of functionalities: more aid for real-time decision-making, more complex information streams, and synchronous real-world mitigations of crises and actions. The pedagogical strategies used around images may also grow more supportive of learning, with more shared research and teaching-and-learning experiences. More accurate labeling and storage of e-learning visuals will continue, with additions on both the privately held collections and the publicly shared resources. There may well be greater diversification of the applications of digital imagery capture, authoring, use, and sharing in different learning domains. Ideally, more professional creators of digital imagery will come online from various parts of the world to enhance the shared repository of learning for a global community.
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Chapter Objectives

  • Project changes in the pedagogical uses of digital imagery

  • Consider how visual literacy may evolve

  • Discuss the broadening roles of digital imagery in e-learning

  • Explore the future of image capture and authoring

  • Consider new procedures for quality imagery creation

  • Discuss the future labeling and storage of e-learning visuals

  • Reflect on possible global multicultural trends in digital imagery for e-learning

  • Mull the changing ethics, laws and practices related to digital imagery in e-learning

  • Explore future digital image sharing



Digital Imagery and Informational Graphics in E-Learning: Maximizing Visual Technologies has provided a basic overview of the varied uses of digital imagery in e-learning and offered some strategies to maximize their capture, creation, use and integration in learning contexts. This text has also looked at some pedagogical theories underlying the use of digital imagery, with the intention of broadening the roles of digital imagery in e-learning. This book has highlighted some features of digital image repositories and the progress in making them more searchable. There has also been reflection on multicultural global uses of imagery, for the greatest usability in the highest variety of situations.

This last short chapter explores where this issue may progress in the next few years, with a simple extension of trend lines from the present although this approach does not offer much in the way of true predictability. After all, disruptive technologies will emerge to revolutionize various fields. New applications of extant technologies help people see with new eyes. Research and development (R&D) continues to push the edges of the possible. The speed of changes in digital imagery capture, analysis, authoring, editing, delivery, and storage has been remarkable. The “socio” aspects of socio-technical collaborations should not be short-changed, as people are endlessly inventive and collaborative. The research on human visual perception and memory will also likely surface new ideas. What may be considered “visual literacy” today likely will change as this area of digital imagery in e-learning evolves.

This chapter will consider some basic questions:

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