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Helping Students with Lecture & Discussion Outlines for Online Art History Classes

If you found yourself unable to concentrate due to the stressors, fears, and upset of COVID-19, then you were not alone. I found my ability to focus on small tasks almost impossible at moments. I also had the hardest time retaining information. With frequent check-ins with my students, it was clear they too were struggling as well. We brainstormed at… Read more →

Reimagining Participation Points in the Classroom, Oh My!

After years of experimentation (with successes and failures), I’ve finally settled on a great way to reimagine participation in the classroom. I am fully aware that this won’t work for many people, or even most classes, but it has worked wonders for my art history classes under 30 students. Once I found the winning recipe, I realized I’d never be… Read more →

PowerUp, or optional activities for deeper student engagement in art history

#TriageTreaching2020 Many of us have now finished this semester and are still trying to handle all the adjustments, shifts, emotions, trauma, and more that took place since March 2020. I had intended to post more during this time, but like many of us, I have not had time or, frankly, a desire to do much of anything. A couple weeks… Read more →

Teaching Activities for Covid-19

I thought it might be useful to share some activities that I created in light of the covid-19 pandemic. These are all activities that I created in a space of a day (!!!). A couple are based on ones I’ve used in class multiple times; others are brand new, but do the work of an activity or discussion I might… Read more →

Get students to escape the art history classroom (digitally!)

I recently had to be away from my class at the College Art Association Conference. I run an in-class escape-room activity for my World Art History class, so I thought I’d see if I could create one in a digital format. While it is obviously not the same as being in person, I will say that the students enjoyed it and… Read more →

Special Collections and Practicing Art History in a World Art History survey class

Special Collections and Practicing Art History in a World Art History survey class In my world art history class (15th-century to the present, second-half of a two-semester sequence) a couple of years ago, I decided I wanted to find an alternative to the research paper. The class always fills at 25 students, and I had become tired of research papers.… Read more →

Revisiting The Carters’ “Apes**t” again and again: An activity in 5 stages

In my world art history class (15th century to the present), I’ve tried to find a number of ways to showcase for students the benefits of repeated looking, of deep observation, among other things. I also–of course–want them to realize that art can be used in a variety of ways in our contemporary moment. I’ve done this in a number… Read more →

Curatorial Acquisition Activity for the Flipped Art History Classroom

In my Latin American art class this semester (Spring 2020), I’ve created a few new in-class activities that have worked really well. One of the best has been a curatorial acquisition activity. As of late, when creating activities for a flipped classroom environment, I’ve wanted more “real world” examples for art history students. [Side note: This has been HARD!] I… Read more →

Assessing the Usefulness and Validity of Online Sources, or Developing Information Literacy

A couple of years ago I published an article in the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy called “Doing Digital Art History in a Pre-Columbian Art Survey Class: Creating an Omeka Exhibition Around the Mixtec Codex Zouche-Nuttall (2018). As part of this essay I shared examples of assignments I use in a Pre-Columbian art class, which are part of a… Read more →

Is Achilles a Hero? Debates in the Large-Lecture Classroom

One of the best decisions I’ve made more recently is introducing debates into my large lecture (200+ students) class that focuses on the ancient and medieval Mediterranean world. They energized the class, helped students review material each week, and helped them to think more critically. They also helped to make a 3-hour class more bearable. If you are interested in… Read more →

Developing a Research Project about Using Virtual Reality in the Large-Lecture Humanities Classroom

This summer (2019) I am working with a wonderful undergraduate student (let’s call her L because I’ve not asked her if she wants to be named) on a collaborative research project. We applied for a summer undergraduate research project for funding, and we are working together for several months on the possible applications of virtual reality in the classroom. Neither… Read more →

Teaching in the face of trauma, part 2

(Trigger warnings: trauma, depression, PTSD) The spring semester has ended, and I’ve had some time to sit with my experience of it before writing this post. It seems fitting to write a follow up post to my earlier one that described some of my initial experiences with teaching after the traumas I’d endured in the fall semester, despite my reticence… Read more →

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