Join eCampus instructional designers and selected faculty as we take a peek into their quality online courses at UAF. Every two weeks we will be presenting a new online course and hosting a Q/A session via Zoom. Have a look inside other courses on our course showcase page.


Friday, August 21, 2020, 10-11am

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Join us to talk with Allison Zhang and tour her ART 262 and 263 courses, History of World Art!

Allison Zhang teaches the History of World Art (I and II) as though she is guiding students through a museum as they learn to be curators themselves. Each section of the course website is designed as if it is a wing of a museum. Whether students are learning about Ancient Near Eastern art or Byzantine art, expectations of where students will go are clearly outlined through links on the weekly schedule. Discussion and presentation happens in a private Slack cohort and grades in Blackboard but otherwise all content is in the open in a   beautifully presented and organized course website.  

The metaphor of the museum is carried into assessment activities in this course. Students participate in writing exercises as curators writing ‘grants’ for funds to obtain additional artifacts for the museum collection. Why they are important historically and how they will add to the museum experience are elements of the ‘grant’ argument. The final project requires deep research of another artifact that exists in the museum collection or that could be part of the museum. Students are able to choose which item they want to investigate.  

A common online course situation happens when the instructor is someone other than the course developer. Professional video lectures require a lot of resources to put together or may have been created by the instructor of record so creating new lecture videos may not always be feasible.   Zoë Jones originally developed this course so most of the instructor lecture videos were created by her. We are curious to hear about how Allison navigates this situation as an instructor and any lessons learned that she can offer on this and with the use of metaphor as a framework for learning.  

Please join us on August 21 to meet Allison and take a peek inside her actual courses.