Pedagogy and Technology (AHPT) 2014 session at CAA in Chicago

Visual Histories in Virtual Spaces: Engaging Students Through Technology

Chair: Judy Bullington, PhD, Chair of the Department of Art and Professor of Art History, Belmont University in Nashville, TN

New technologies and online learning environments create an opportunity for a conceptual rethinking of the way that students learn the histories of art. In a series of ten-minute presentations, participants will demonstrate one innovative way they use technology in their classrooms to enhance student learning and the overall effectiveness of teaching of art history whether the classroom is flipped, traditional, or online. Examples include pedagogical approaches to object-based learning in an environment that simulates actual viewing experiences such as curating for a virtual gallery, or the development of learning activities that engage students through online game-like platforms. Best practices, especially those that transition students from being passive ‘consumers’ of digital media to ‘producers’ of content, are highlighted as is the use of technology to enable student-centered discoveries as a means of illuminating dynamic relationships between historical knowledge and the visual arts. Inherent in this producer-based model is the need to address strategies for gaining a functional understanding of new media, interface design, and digital information fluency that make studies in art history relevant in, and responsive to, the changing landscape of higher education. While the presentations focus upon a series of specific and successful student projects, it is anticipated that this will lead to a broader set of discussions between the panelists and the audience around topics of mutual interest and concern, not the least of which is the implementation, assessment, and sustainability of technology-enhanced learning environments.


April 2013 Newsletter

Dear Friends of AHPT,


As spring arrives, we look forward to blossoming ideas!  In this newsletter, we summarize discussion that occurred at the CAA meeting during AHPT’s ‘content’ session and the business meeting.  We also have included a call for submissions to parties interested in chairing our 2014 content session in Chicago.   And finally, we invite you all to sign up for our email list, if you have not already!


AHPT’s ‘content’ session in New York City entitled ‘Rock the Pedagogical Boat: Open Mic + Tweet #caa2013rock,’ was very successful; many thanks to Janice, Gale, and Janhavi!  Over 50 participants talking, tweeting, and listening in the room, were joined by participants tweeting from other parts of the conference!  Everyone in the session had a chance to participate and received a ‘speaker’ ribbon.  It was an engaging venue resulting in a treasure-trove of ideas about pedagogy and technology, two topics that were sometimes discussed in relation to each other and other times independently.  Participants shared tools and methodologies around teaching, including innovative ways to generate class discussion, problem-based learning strategies for research papers and exhibit projects (role-playing!), interactive lecture formats, and non-traditional classroom learning environments (How can images outside the traditional realm of Art History serve as learning tools?).  There was much discussion of student-centered learning strategies and ‘flipped’ classrooms – how do we get students to think?!  How do we give them ownership?  How do we structure the classroom with continual activity and focus that is goal-oriented?  There was discussion about how which pedagogical and technological approaches are helpful for intro-level classes and upper-level courses.  Complementary and critical analysis of technological tools included discussions about Powerpoint, Prezi, Omeka, and Voicethread, to name a few, and examples were offered to make these tools better and more interactive.  Participants expressed their desires for more time to become comfortable using new tools, and questioned how important they were.  Assessment has never been more important!  A great many participants discussed concerns about the trajectory Higher Education is taking, as related to on-line learning, blended learning, and MOOCs. We were all interested in finding out more about THAT CAMP (more to come about THATCAMP and upcoming CAA conference in our next newsletter).   New resources were brought to our attention, including the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (, online writing tools (, and a possible new web resource  Watch our website ( for the 2013 AHPT session content to be posted soon!  In the follow-up (business) session there was more concentrated discussion of how issues of pedagogy and technology are being brought to faculty through various structures of IT departments within individual institutions, and there was discussion of how grant initiatives might be incorporated into next year’s session.  There was also more intense discussion about how we are approaching survey classes and the looming reality of on-line content and MOOCs.  The future of AHPT was discussed: changes in the website (we hope to have more active participation and contribution by members) and the call for officers was announced (we are still looking for a webmaster and treasurer or secretary – let Sarah know if you are interested in becoming involved!).


Are you interested in chairing the AHPT 2014 session at CAA in Chicago?  Later in the spring AHPT will submit a session proposal for the content (1 ½ hour) session.  Possible ideas include: 1. New approaches for the Art History Introduction Survey, 2. The future of Art History Pedagogy and Technology in an on-line Higher Education environment, 3. Institutional Relationships between Art History and IT and Pedagogical Departments. We will be accepting applications for chairs for this session.  If you have an idea, similar to or different than those above, please submit an application!  Send an abstract of no more that 250 words, with a brief bio and CV to Sarah ( and Marjorie (  The deadline for applications is May 15th.  The session can follow any type of format you choose – full participation (following the open-mic session from this year) or a more traditional series of papers.


Please share our news with anyone you know is interested in issues about teaching and technology!  We always welcome new members!  Membership is free, although we welcome contributions of $5 per annum to offset the cost of website management and CAA’s required fee from affiliate societies.  Visit the site to sign up for our email list (and newsletter) and contribute




Newsletter 2013, February

Dear Colleagues,


Happy 2013 from Art Historians Interested in Pedagogy and Technology!  You are receiving this message because you have either been a member of the society or have expressed interest in it.  This is the first in a new series of newsletters that we are inaugurating in order to generate a more active and dynamic society.  In this letter, we want to review AHPT’s activities, let you know what AHPT is up to this week at the CAA conference in New York, and give you a preview of new ideas the society will be discussing and implementing in the coming year.


AHPT was re-enlivened in 2011 beginning with a session at CAA, Technology and Collaboration in the Art History Classroom.  Marjorie Och chaired and there were presentations on interactive classroom technologies, audio-casting, wikis, Voicethread and virtual collaboration.  AHPT is also affiliated with the Southeastern College Art Conference.  Marjorie also chaired a session with SECAC in November 2011, “Reflections on Where We Are and Where We Are Going with Technology in the Art History Classroom.’ Presentation topics included wikis, podcasts, blogs, Voicethread, and web-authoring.  The 2012 CAA session, chaired by Sarah Scott, included a hands-on workshop session for participants to learn Voice-thread, Prezi, OMEKA, and online course authorship.  The past two years has also seen the creation of a new website,, where resources, publications, and details about conference proceedings have been posted.   The website is now open to the public, without membership dues.


This coming week will see another session of AHPT at CAA in New York.  Our session will be co-chaired by Janice Robertson and Gale Justin on Friday the 15th from 12:30-2 in Gramercy A, 2nd floor of the Hilton.  The session title is “Rock the Pedagogical Boat: Open Mic + Tweet #caa2013rock,” and will feature a dynamic discussion around ways that we use technology in our classrooms and how our pedagogical philosophies are changing. It will be a great opportunity to learn these technologies and share thoughts on teaching ideas.  We plan to distill a few topics from this session into roundtable discussion to continue in our business meeting, at 5:30 also in Gramercy A.  We strongly encourage anyone interested in teaching, technology, and the visual arts to participate in the roundtable and business session, as we will discus the future of AHPT, the appointment of officers, plans for the website, and the possible appointment of a new webmaster.  Marjorie Och (current President) and Sarah Scott (current Secretary and webmaster), very much look forward to encouraging participation of others to support a more active and dynamic society.  On that note, we will discuss the results of 2012 and 2013’s sessions to determine what topics members would like see addressed in future sessions.  We plan to generate newsletters to an active new mailing list on the website (please sign up in the sidebar on, we want to have more extensive ‘articles’ published on the website, contributed by members, and hope to discuss the management of membership – particularly how to manage the society without membership fees.


In short, we want 2013 to be the year AHPT becomes a more active society with an increase in membership.  We want to see more exchange of ideas and sharing of technology and pedagogy, and need your help to do it!


Additionally, we know that not all of you who have shared your emails with us will be at the conference this week, but we look forward to hearing from you nonetheless.  Therefore, we strongly urge you to sign up for our mailing list on the website.  Sarah will put together a post-CAA newsletter in order to update non-conference participants about things that happened at the conference.  Sign up and let us know your wishes for AHPT!  This letter and the post-CAA letter will be the only two that will be sent to you unless you sign up for the official list.  All future mailings and correspondence will be conducted through the email list (rather than through Sarah’s email, as this letter is).


We look forward to seeing/hearing from you all this week!


-Marjorie and Sarah.