I teach the History of Still Photography online at Mt. San Jacinto College. The course is designed in a course management system and enhanced with learning activities in VoiceThread and Ning. The content below is shared with a CC-BY-NC license.
- The Road to Photography (6 minutes)
- The Wet-Plate Process and Other Mid-19th Century Photographic Advancements (7 minutes)
- Visualizing Time and Space (9 minutes)
- Modernist Photography in the United States (9 minutes)
Sample Blog Post Activities
- Syllabus Overview
- Photographs that Changed the World (Ice Breaker, week one)
- Describing and Interpreting Photographs (a formative assessment in which students listen to a conversation between two art historians as they analyze a photograph by Diane Arbus and then apply the concepts of "description" and "interpretation" to what they've heard)
- The Road to Photography (a formative assessment of key concepts and events from the origins of the photographic process)
- Visual Thinking: an Experiment in Student-Led Learning: a one-hour archive of a webinar presentation describing a 2-week activity from my history of photography class in which students self-select a mid 20th C photographer, research him/her using Google Books, and curate a 2-slide presentation which is added to a collaborative VoiceThread. The slides include a summary of their research (presented in voice) and a discussion prompt which is crafted to elicit dialogue from their peers. The following week, the class engages in the content created by their peers.