Resources for Teaching

Resources for Teaching

The institution of teaching is constantly changing with and adapting to technology.  This page provides links to current and emerging software specifically made for or applicable to teaching art history.

ARTstor  Funded by the Mellon foundation, ARTstor’s mission is to “use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning in the arts and associated fields.” Since its development in the late 1990s, ARTstor’s database has grown to over 1.5 million digital images.  Its collections cover a wide range of subject areas from an archive of Islamic textiles to twenty years of contemporary New York gallery shows.

Dropbox Are your files too large to send over email? Has your USB flash drive reached its max capacity?  Keep, manage, and share your files on the web using Dropbox.  Because Dropbox saves your files online, they can be accessed and/or downloaded on multiple devices.

JITP (or The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy) As we continue to integrate technology into our classrooms, it is important to not only see what our colleagues are doing, but to share our own efforts.  The JITP is a scholarly e-journal devoted to promoting "open scholarly discourse around critical and creative uses of digital technology in teaching, learning, and research."  It includes peer reviewed articles by academics from numerous disciplines, tips for using technology in the classroom, and classroom-tested assignment examples.

Designed for the web and intended for a large audience, massive open online courses (MOOCs) utilize interactive web tools, readings, and instructional video to construct new course experiences.  Popular MOOCs include Khan Academy, Udacity, edX, and Coursera.  Though these sites and courses cover a wide range of disciplines and subject areas, art history has been noticeably underrepresented.

Prezi is a presentation tool.  Prezi allows for a more dynamic and engaged arrangement and representation of your ideas outside of the tradition linear lecture format.

ThingLink Are you looking for a way to enhance your images with information, sound, or other images?  Want your students to identify iconographic elements in a painting?  Thinglink may be just the technology you need.  Easy and free to use, thinglink users can create interactive learning modules (ILMs) to supplement their learning experience.

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