Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR)

is a peer-populated platform for art history teachers. AHTR is home to a constantly evolving and collectively authored online repository of art history teaching content including, but not limited to, lesson plans, video introductions to museums, book reviews, image clusters, and classroom and museum activities. The site promotes discussion and reflection around new ways of teaching and learning in the art history classroom through a peer-populated blog, and fosters a collaborative virtual community for art history instructors at all career stages.

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    On Frida Kahlo, Salma Hayek, and Linda Nochlin: A Classroom Case Study of Art, Gender, and Pain in the Wake of #MeToo

    March 22, 2019

    In the wake of #MeToo, many educators pondered how to incorporate the movement into their curriculum. In the spring of 2018, just four months after Ashley Judd’s sexual allegations against Harvey Weinstein sparked a relaunching of Tarana Burke’s original 2006 phrase “Me Too,” I was scheduled to teach an art history course titled “Women and Gender […]

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    Digital Humanities

    Digital Toolkit, Part I: Podcasting and Video Production

    March 15, 2019

    In a previous post, I outlined some of the reasons why more art historians should be presenting our research through podcasts and videos. They’re engaging, they have a wide reach, they help keep us honest about our arguments and materials. These are also the reasons why we should be teaching our students to present their […]

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    Student Voices

    My Time at CAA: An Undergraduate’s Story of the Annual Conference

    March 8, 2019

    “Que Dios me la bendiga y la proteje,” said my mother as we stood hugging next to the bustling TSA lines of Orlando International Airport. Not caring that lines were filling up fast with travelers, I hugged her tighter and tighter until she let out a soft chuckle warning me not to break her espalda […]

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    The value of storytelling in the Digital Humanities

    March 1, 2019

    With the recent establishment of the Digital Art History Society, it seems that art history as a discipline has finally, officially staked out our own corner of the Digital Humanities world. It was a long time coming, and many brilliant people had a hand in it—including those here at AHTR. It’s fantastic to see an […]

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    Teaching Graphic Design History

    February 22, 2019

    In October 2018, I chaired a SECAC session on teaching graphic design history. As a professor in both the graphic design studio and the design history classroom, I have a longstanding interest in developing design history coursework that actively engages studio students. When teaching survey courses, I seek learner-oriented assignments that offer opportunities for critical […]

  • Writing About Art

    Teaching Art History and Writing I: SECAC 2018 Conference Panel Review

    February 16, 2019

    For the 2018 SECAC conference in Birmingham, I set out to organize a panel that would bring together faculty who utilize innovative approaches to teaching writing alongside art historical content. Recognizing that many instructors, departments, and curricula expect art history students to develop skills of critical thinking, source analysis, grammar, syntax, and style alongside visual […]

  • Announcement

    A Guide to Pedagogy-Related Programming at CAA’s 2019 Annual Conference

    February 9, 2019

    Every year around this time, I find myself in mild state of professional panic. It’s the week before CAA’s Annual Conference and I haven’t yet chosen which sessions to attend. Although this year’s conference website allows users to create a personalized schedule by using keywords and other filters to identify specific sessions, AHTR’s Franny Zawadzki graciously […]

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    February 6, 2019

    AHTR has created this Repository that not only includes course content, but also offers insight into how these resources can be effectively used in class. The OERs materials added to AHTR provide an overview of Open Educational Resources with a focus on OERs as an opportunity to expand pedagogical choices, develop student information literacy, introduce a wider variety […]

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    Online Teaching

    Changing the stereotype of online teaching: Face-to-face in a virtual classroom

    February 1, 2019

    Although online courses are carving out an increasing swath in college curriculums, there are still many faculty who shudder at the idea of teaching outside of a classroom. It’s not the content or rigor of online learning they object to; it’s the perceived lack of engagement with students. “Nothing replaces being in the classroom with […]

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    Equity in Education
    Online Teaching

    Five Steps to Universal Design and 508 Compliance for Online Courses

    January 25, 2019

    The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, amended in 2008, requires that publicly funded (Title II) and private (Title III) colleges and universities provide all students with equal access to education and educational facilities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 mandates that reasonable accommodations must be provided to students with disabilities and can […]

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    Google Map Project

    January 11, 2019

    Digital maps and related applications are indispensable for our students’ geo-spatial, contextual, and phenomenological navigation through the world. Researchers at the MIT Media Lab posit that the human brain is a “system in which affective functions and cognitive ones are inextricably integrated with one another.”[1]  To take advantage of this connection I designed a learning […]

  • Equity in Education

    What does it mean to have an equitable classroom?

    January 4, 2019

    What does it mean to have an equitable classroom? I believe that an equitable classroom is a place where each member remembers that each other member is a whole person. And, as instructors, we remember that even if the students are not content experts in the material being learned, they can engage in their own […]