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Museum Resources for Faculty (2020-2021)

The Museum is here to help with hybrid classes in 2020-2021. Find information below for details and see our tips for selecting objects.

We're Here To Help

We look forward to talking to you about how the Museum can support your curricular and learning goals. Please contact Ellen Alvord, Weatherbie Curator of Education and Academic Programs, at ealvord@mtholyoke.edu for more information or to schedule a planning session.

This spring Museum staff began to innovate remote pedagogy. Museum staff observed how:

  • our work and expertise can bridge the gap between physical and virtual experiences
  • students respond intuitively to online visual learning
  • learning with images and objects builds critical thinking and observational skills, in support of the College’s Learning Goals
  • Interacting with art can enliven remote learning experiences, making them more engaging and memorable 

The Museum will continue to develop practical and dynamic resources to support faculty, adapted for the new 7.5 week modular schedule. 

We have created a menu of pre-packaged and customized offerings, which professors can use in their classes.

Pre-packaged virtual resources:

  • Thematic artwork image lists (i.e. related to migration; race and identity; social justice; war and propaganda; landscape and the environment, etc.)
  • Close-looking worksheets to guide discussion 
  • Interactive student-focused activities (i.e. between in-person and remote classmates)
  • 15-20 minute recorded curator talk
  • Video introductions to current exhibitions and galleries (i.e.Teaching with Art show, Money Matters, etc.)
  • Video introduction to the Skinner Museum
  • Tutorials (i.e. how to search the 5C collections database)

Faculty can work with MHCAM staff to combine pre-packaged resources with a selection of customized experiences from the menu below:

  • Live close-looking session with Museum staff
  • Discussion questions to support Department Learning Goals
  • 5-15 minute curator talks (live or recorded)
  • Q & A session with curator (live or recorded)
  • Reflection, creative response, and research-based assignments
  • Visual materials such as hi-res image links or slide presentation
  • Virtual Exhibition project (a longer more involved commitment, but can be done for a select number of courses per 7.5 week module)