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 (email@example.com) and Marjorie (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.