The American Social History Project, Vanderbilt University, and Maryville College are pleased to announce a faculty development workshop (July 17-22, 2005) to be held at Maryville College in east Tennessee, within sight of and just 20 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Learning to Look: Teaching Humanities with Visual Images and New Media is designed for college faculty and secondary school teachers who are seeking to integrate new media, or the most recent technological tools, into their humanities curriculum. This workshop emphasizes the importance of using visuals in history, literature, and American studies classrooms that have traditionally focused on textual evidence.
Dr. Peter Felten of Vanderbilt University, Dr. Deandra Little of the University of Virginia, and Dr. Chad Berry of Maryville College, all Learning to Look national faculty, will lead the workshop. Applications are due by April 15, 2005. Early applications are encouraged, and we will review and accept applicants before the deadline.
During the week, participants will examine the pedagogical possibilities of new technologies and the questions they raise for teaching and learning—e.g., How can we teach our students to read images critically, or How might innovative techniques like digital storytelling change the way our students learn? Most importantly, this institute will allow participating faculty to
Rethink their traditional classroom practice.
Explore a wide range of visual sources available for teaching and research.
Work with scholars and educators who have pioneered teaching humanities with new technologies.
Plan active learning strategies for using visuals and other new media with their students.
Use scheduled working time to develop projects for their own courses in a technology-rich environment.
Returning to their schools for the 2005-2006 academic year, participants will apply the strategies they developed during the summer institute and take part in regular online discussions.
The Learning to Look program will involve a diverse group of humanities educators. We believe that secondary school teachers and college professors have much to gain from collective conversation about curriculum, learning, and teaching. The workshop seeks leaders in the field of new media education and those who have only begun their exploration. Our goal is to work together to discover ways to make visual resources more useful to a broader range of humanities teachers and students.
Guidelines for Candidates
The Learning to Look program is open to humanities educators who teach courses in or related to history, culture and society. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated interest and experience in:
Teaching in a related discipline;
Exploring the ways that visual evidence and other new media can enhance learning;
Using inquiry-based classroom pedagogies;
Expanding their professional knowledge and teaching repertoires.
Participants will attend the summer institute held at Maryville College (July 17-22, approximately 8:30-4:30 daily) and will engage in follow-up activities including classroom use of the visual and new media resources of their choice.
The institute’s application form is available online at the web address provided below.
Applications are due by April 15, 2005. Early applications are encouraged, and we will review and accept applicants before the deadline. Selection will be finalized no later than April 29.
Attending faculty will be charged a registration fee of $550. The fee covers the costs of materials, private lodging on the Maryville College campus, meals during the summer institute (breakfast and lunch daily, plus two dinners), and expenses related to our yearlong activities – in other words, the $550 pays for everything BUT travel to and incidental expenses during the institute. Those who do not require lodging will be charged $425. A limited amount of financial support is available. If assistance is requested, include with your application a note explaining your situation.
Ctr. for Teaching/
Dept. of History
Nashville, TN 37235-1537
Division of Humanities
Maryville, TN 37804
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