Dissolution of AHPT

AHPT (Art Historians Interested in Pedagogy and Technology) has been an affiliate society since the 1990s and enjoyed a re-enlivened period from 2011-17. The aim of the Society was to provide a platform for teaching Art Historians to learn about and engage with new technologies that would enhance their pedagogy. Since the turn of the millennium, those of us who teach Art History have engaged deeply with multiple technologies. Particularly at CAA sessions, the Society has worked to have stimulating and educational presentations and workshops ranging in topics such as pedagogical philosophy and use of museum collections to hands-on opportunities to work directly with tools such as Voice-thread, Twitter, and OMEKA. As we continue to use and explore ever-evolving options for technological innovation within the field of Art History, the Society has noticed a trend toward self-training in new tech, and very little interest in the Society. Although CAA sessions have been popular and stimulating, there are many such sessions being offered by other groups and individuals, and thus the time for AHPT to dissolve is at hand. We are pleased to see the work of AHTR (Art History Teaching Resources) which continues to focus on teaching and learning, and so we point those of you also interested in these topics to spend some time on their website and look out for their sponsored sessions. Thank you so much for your support and interest in AHPT and hope to see you in New York in February! -Sarah J. Scott, AHPT President

Report on CAA 2016, Washington DC

AHPT hosted A Signature Pedagogy for Art History in the Twenty-First Century, a look at the impact of new technologies on the training of the next generation of art historians.

Please contact presenters directly:

Neatline: Syllabus as Interactive Visualization
Caroline Bruzelius, A. M. Cogan Professor of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies
Hannah Jacobs, Multimedia Analyst, Wired! Lab
Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies
Duke University

How can student engagement with course material change when a syllabus is taken from a static page and placed in an interactive visualization? In Spring 2015, the teaching team for Duke University’s Introduction to Art History explored this question with Neatline, a visualization plugin for the Omeka content management system. Neatline combines temporal, spatial, textual, and other visual media forms, enabling users to create interactive non-linear visual narratives. The course teaching team (Professor Caroline Bruzelius, teaching assistant Joseph C. Williams, Multimedia Analyst Hannah L. Jacobs, and Resource Specialist Lee Sorensen) used Neatline to transform what might otherwise be viewed as a perfunctory list of course topics into an interactive visualization that incorporated spatial and temporal data, lecture slides, readings, images, and videos. Making the course content available in this way highlighted for students spatial and temporal relationships across art historical narratives.

“Challenging the Canon: Using a Digital Platform for a Survey of World Architectures”
Solmaz Mohammadzadeh Kive, M. Arch., Ph.D. Candidate in the College of Architecture and Planning
University of Colorado Denver

This presentation discussed an on-going digital pedagogy project aimed at harvesting two main potentials of the digital media for teaching World Architecture: resisting the Eurocentric grand narrative of ‘Architecture’ and developing students’ critical thinking skills. It introduced a pilot project built on the University of Virginia Library’s Neatline and used as a digital platform for teaching Histories of World Architectures in which students navigated the material through various paths to explore different historical, geographical, and thematic layers. While the instructor was responsible for supplying materials, his or her main effort shifted from delivering information to helping students navigate through the material, analyze it, and thus develop critical thinking skills (while at the same time understand the reductive process involved in any history making).

“The Implications of Augmented Reality in the Art History Curriculum: The Future of the Next Generation of Art Historians”
R. Dean Turner, Ed.D.
The Art Institute of Austin

Art History is constantly evolving within our current social media infatuated and digital society. Can we involve our students within the learning process while generating an interest in a subject matter often seen as a humanities requirement? As art historians we must analyze our curriculum within this changing environment. When beginning as a teacher of survey courses some fifteen years ago PowerPoint was so newer of a technological tool, as well as the Internet and their use within the classroom. I recall a recent article which I read discussing how MIT researchers had developed an algorithm to assist in the categorization of artistic styles based on characteristics of specific artists, a course objective we all emphasize daily within our classroom curriculum. A debate ensued over the necessity of art historians and what we provide as educators. This paper investigated research concerning augmented reality and its implications to the art history curriculum, its development, and the role of the educator within the process.

Related: follow this link to read How Have New Technologies Shaped the Introductory Art History Classroom? Why Does It Matter?” in CAA’s Art Journal OPEN.

June 2015 Newsletter

AHPT thanks Marjorie Och of the University of Mary Washington for her service in growing Art Historians Interested in Pedagogy and Technology and welcomes Sarah Jarmer Scott of Wagner College as its new President. We are pleased to continue to work with Marjorie in her key role as AHPT representative to SECAC.

New to AHPT and assuming Sarah’s previous role of Secretary is Nathalie Hager from the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. Stay tuned as over the summer months Nathalie will undertake a series of updates and upgrades to the existing website. Please send any ideas and requests to nathalie.hager@ubc.ca.

February 2014 Newsletter

Happy 2014 to all AHPT Members!

We are looking forward to a new year with new ideas and more active membership.

The CAA Annual Conference in Chicago is one week away! AHPT will be hosting an exciting session on Friday morning (2/14) from 7:30-9. Entitled Visual Histories in Virtual Spaces: Engaging Students Through Technology (chaired Judy Bullington, from Belmont University) this session will feature two mini sessions addressing new technologies and online learning environments that create an opportunity for a conceptual rethinking of the way that students learn the histories of art. First we will hear about three projects from Thomas Tucker, Dominic Marner, and Ronald Hawker highlighting their instructional work that involves the re-creation of historical sites with augmented reality. Second, Onur Öztürk and Amy Mooney will present on their work in teaching the Introduction to visual culture and how the management of collections of visual media are managed in a virtual environment. Following the presentations there will be an interactive panel discussion for audience participants.

Our business session will be held on Friday as well, at 12:30. During this session we will continue with follow-up discussion from the morning panels, and discussion business agenda items.

New items are being added to our website! Sarah will be contributing short posts entitled ‘Webmaster’s Blog.’ We are also asking members to contribute short posts regarding projects they are working on, or interesting projects they have learned about; please contact Sarah if you would like to be featured in our ‘Member’s Blog’. You should also see some new RSS feeds from websites we think might be helpful to our membership!

Membership Drive: While we have not been charging membership dues in the past year, AHPT does have annual expenses, including web hosting fees and CAA affiliate dues. In order to cover these we are asking members to donate a minimum $5.00 contribution. You can simply go the ‘AHPT Members’ dropdown and click on the Membership Options page to make a contribution via PayPal. Any and all contributions will be appreciated and will allow us to continue to have a presence at the annual meeting of the College Art Association. Thank you!

Please consider coming to the business meeting to discuss the Society’s future, share ideas, and/or offer your idea for the Members Blog! If you are interested, but will not make the session, feel free to contact Sarah or Marjorie via email. And, as always, contact us with any ideas you may have, and be sure to take a look at the website (http://ahpt.us/)!

Hope to see you in Chicago!

The AHPT-sponsored session at SECAC this year (October 31-November 2) was “Plays Well with Others: Art Historians Collaborations, Intersections, and Networks, “ co-chaired by Rhonda Reymond (West Virginia University) and Marjorie Och (University of Mary Washington). Elizabeth Baltes (Ph.D. candidate in Greek Art and Archaeology at Duke University) presented “Three Art Historians, a Computer Scientist, and a Computer Artist Walk into a Classroom.” As Elizabeth explained, “The Wired! Group at Duke University began with an experimental course in the spring of 2009: five instructors, nine students, and a series of questions. How do we teach technology in the humanities? Which technologies will be most helpful in answering the kinds of questions art historians want to ask? How do we utilize digital technologies in a meaningful way, both in the classroom, and in our own research? How do we build and sustain inter-departmental and inter-institutional collaboration? Four years and several courses later, the Wired! Group is still exploring and refining the answers to many of these questions, but collaboration remains at the core of what we do and how we do it. ” Catherine Dossin (assistant professor of art history, Purdue University) presented “The ARTL@S Project: Towards a Spatial (Digital) Art History.” Catherine describes ARTL@S as “an international, multidisciplinary project that promotes spatialization as a method of investigation and the anchor of an innovative, analytical approach. It relies on the spatial (digital) method to identify new sites of investigation, uncover unseen patterns of artistic circulation and distribution, open up different dialogues with artwork, dissolve the boundaries between art history and other disciplines, and rethink scholarship through a focus on learning by sharing. As such, it participates in the redefinition of the discipline of art history by embracing the theories and methods of the spatial, global, and digital turns that have challenged humanities over the past decades.” For more information, visit www.artl@s.ens.fr And Marjorie Och presented “Seeing students as a community of thinkers,” and shared with the attendees her work developing online exhibits in 400-level seminars. Her experience has been that “in presenting their work online as a collaborative project, students quickly discover that their audience is as open as the internet. A seminar of individuals becomes an exhibit team and a community of thinkers where no single project stands alone. “ In 2014, SECAC is meeting in Sarasota, Florida (October 8-11), and we will again have a sponsored session. Hope to see you there!

-Marjorie and Sarah

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 (http://jitp.commons.gc.cuny.edu/), online writing tools (http://redschoolhouse.org/drupal/welcome), and a possible new web resource arthistorysurvey.com.  Watch our website (www.ahpt.us) 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 (sarah.scott@wagner.edu) and Marjorie (moch@umw.edu).  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 www.ahpt.us.




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, ahpt.us, 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 ahpt.us), 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.