A distinctive feature of this course is the inclusion of a number of “hands on” and “learn-by-doing” learning challenges that correspond to important pathway learning outcomes.



A learning challenge is a substantive e-learning activity where learners are invited to:

  • Create an artefact, and/or
  • Demonstrate digital skills, and
  • Share their experiences and reflections with fellow learners.

The learning challenges are designed to provide scaffolding and the corresponding skills development needed for successful completion of the course outcomes. The learning challenges are optional for learners participating for self-interest but are valuable in developing your knowledge and skills. If you plan to seek formal credit for this course, completing the learning challenges is strongly recommended.

key points

Key points

Each learning challenge is divided into three component parts:

  1. Start section: which provides a summary, a purpose statement and stimulus resource links to help you get started with your learning challenge.
  2. Tasks section: which provides detailed step-by-step instructions of the task activities needed to achieve the outputs.
  3. Outputs section: which provides the learning outcome actions to demonstrate what you were able to achieve with your learning challenge. In our open courses we encourage participants to share what they create through their personal blogs.

Summary of learning challenges in this course

There is an orientation section of the course with some important startup tasks as well as four learning challenges (one per learning pathway) integrated into this course.

Learning challenge Description

0. Orientation

Complete start-up tasks needed to complete course.

1. Style, Form and Content

Examine the style, form and content of works of art.

2. How Artists Work

Examine how various artists work.

3. Artistic Elements

Write about art elements in an objective and subjective way.

4. Artistic Elements and Principles

Write about art elements and principles in an objective and subjective way.