Professor of Art and Design Awarded CARET Grant
Kennesaw State's Kristine Hwang and students to travel to Japan

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Kristine Hwang

KENNESAW, Ga. (December 21, 2012)If given the choice between reading a hard copy book or an eBook, which one are students most likely to choose? Kristine Hwang, assistant professor of graphic communications in Kennesaw State University’s School of Art and Design, is planning to conduct research to determine if new technologies like eBooks enhance learning.


To help with this research, Hwang and five KSU students majoring in graphic communication were recently awarded a grant through the The Creative Activities and Research Experiences for Teams (CARET). CARET funding is provided through KSU's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and encourages and supports faculty engagement in research and creative activities with undergraduate student collaborators.


Hwang says most of the grant money will pay the students' travel expenses to attend the Seventh International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in March 2013 at Chiba University in Chiba, Japan. At the conference, the group will present their project, a paper titled “Mobile Technology Enhances Learning: Interactive eBook of Type Anatomy.”


Hwang says the paper will provide significant information on how to research a powerful and dynamic design, how to create an interactive eBook for effective learning and how to produce a creative work like “Type Anatomy.” “I am very excited about this project," Hwang says. "The students have worked so hard researching some of the best ways to use the 'Type Anatomy' technology." Creative design thinking and effective development process of an interactive eBook will also be introduced at the conference.


The “Type Anatomy” project gave students a unique opportunity for hands-on experience. In the next few months, Hwang and her students will wrap up their research and design and turn their attention to putting it all together. KSU students involved in the project are Daniela Dewendt, Shanna King, Emily Seed, Greg Thye and Laura Zerlin. “The team research opportunity enhanced the students’ collaborative research and teamwork skills, which are essential for producing creative works," Hwang explains. "The team members not only encourage and motivate each other, but they also generate creative ideas and solutions more effectively in a group setting.”


After the conference, Hwang’s next step is to conduct research documenting ways that eBooks and other mobile technologies can enhance learning by providing interaction and extensive experiences. “I don’t anticipate that the eBook or new technology in general will ever replace hard copy books, but I do believe eBooks have the potential to enhance the quality of learning.” Hwang says eBooks like “Type Anatomy” are very practical and popular. “People purchase eBooks more often than hardcopy textbooks because eBooks are less expensive, lighter, more environmentally friendly and take up less space.”


If Hwang gets her way, students could one day see the eBook “Type Anatomy” on shelves in an Apple store. “Lots of publishers are promoting electronic versions of their books to be used on devices like Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, Android or any other device used to read books. So why not 'Type Anatomy?'" she asks.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.


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