Heinrich Wölfflin revolutionized art history in the 19th century when he juxtaposed two slides on a screen.  But today, sliding multiple images around a touch screen invites analysis and creative thinking far beyond dual comparison.  Google Art Project takes us within inches of Van Gogh’s impastoed surface and Google Earth lets us stand before the Parthenon.  YouTube shows vintage interviews and step-by-step demonstrations of complicated studio techniques.  Museums produce blogs to supplement exhibitions; publishers develop interactive websites to supplement traditional texts.  The wealth of such new technologies begs the question of how they are changing the way we teach?  More importantly, what is their potential impact on students’ understanding of art history and on the discipline itself?

Art History 2.0: New Technologies and Changes in Pedagogical Practice is a session at SECAC’s 2012 annual meeting where art historians can explore current strategies for integrating technology into their teaching.  Panelists will spend a few minutes highlighting their own experiences, but complete presentations will be posted prior to SECAC  in order that conference participants may learn about on-going projects, experiments, and links to relevant websites in advance of the conference.  By “flipping” this session, we hope to devote more time to questions, discussion, and the exchange of ideas with all session participants.


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