Improving Art History with Active Learning Methods

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A cornerstone of art historical instruction, the slide-based lecture employs a passive learning model where students sit in the dark and listen to an expert before them. While art history lectures can be engaging, they are not as effective as active learning methods to build understanding of art historical content or skills of visual analysis and communication. This session offers guidance to teachers who want to include interactive assignments, student collaboration, and problem-based learning in their classes. We will also consider how to align such methods with course learning objectives and how to integrate formative assessment opportunities to improve students' performance.

A cornerstone of art historical instruction, the slide-based lecture employs a passive learning model where students sit in the dark and listen to an expert before them. While art history lectures can be engaging, they are not as effective as active learning methods to build understanding of art historical content or skills of visual analysis and communication. This session offers guidance to teachers who want to include interactive assignments, student collaboration, and problem-based learning in their classes. We will also consider how to align such methods with course learning objectives and how to integrate formative assessment opportunities to improve students' performance.

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Virginia Spivey