Today’s tough economic times are adversely affecting funding in higher education. Especially hard hit are traditionally underfunded fields where costly technologies are used. In this panel, three educators with backgrounds in music, art, architecture, and engineering discuss ways forward under these circumstances. The common tools for the panelists are: using cheap and repurposed materials; using freeware; do it yourself books and websites; and collaborative cross-disciplinary research. The panel explores how to cultivate the correct mindset for this “doing more, spending less” approach, creating with these tools, the educational philosophy behind their use, and embracing financial challenges as a spur to creative problem-solving.
- Dr. Linda Antas (USA) is a composer, arts technologist, flutist, and educator lindaantas.com
- Aaron Stutterheim, Creal, Clark & Seifert Architects / Engineers, MO, USA
- J. Neil Lawley, Missouri Western State University, USA