Debra Hess Norris
Chair and Professor of Photograph Conservation
Unidel-Henry Francis DuPont Chair of Fine Arts
Director – Winterthur/UD Program in Art Conservation
Francis Alison Scholar 2019
Instructional Designer: Patti Burke-Lund
Course: Photograph Conservation – Winterthur/UD Program in Art Conservation
Teaching a complex hybrid course over a three week period that will involve colleagues from outside UD, who will be also be teaching, and many guest speakers including leading experts worldwide. This course has been offered in person since 1982.
Debbie would like to partner with an instructional designer to help imagine this course as a hybrid offering in Canvas. She would like to include guest speaker bios, readings, resource links, instructional videos and presentations, learning activities, and more.
ID consultation with hybrid Canvas course creation. Process included:
Analyze: Bridge the gap between a face-to-face approach and hybrid approach to learning.
Design: A hybrid course in Canvas that would take place via the Winterthur Museum Lab and Zoom.
Develop: A course in Canvas for hybrid learning.
- UD IT-ATS Canvas Course Template (downloaded from Canvas Commons)
- Development in Canvas: syllabus, schedule, teacher and guest speaker bios, content and readings, instructional videos from UD UMS, TEDX Talk, learning activities, discussions/reflections, assessments, and last but certainly not least…music! (Debbie is a huge Beatles fan and she carefully selected songs to start out each daily module that tied in with the topic.)
Music produces several positive effects on a human’s body and brain. Music activates both the left and right brain at the same time. Activating both hemispheres can maximize learning and improve memory.
- Connecting Debbie with our IT-ATS Video Operations Supervisor to set up Zoom meetings and recordings
- Creating UD guest accounts for guest speakers and adding them to Canvas
- Quality assurance included a final run through to ensure functionality and accessibility
Implementation: Publish the hybrid Canvas course and set up recurring meetings in Zoom.
Evaluation: The course reflection highlighted that hybrid courses can extend the traditional in-person course reach through creating networks all around the world. In addition, daily written reflections in Canvas allowed students to monitor their own progress and motivated them to connect their learning to previous experiences and future goals.
“In my case, what is interesting is how the Canvas site has become a rich resource for educators worldwide in the study of photograph conservation. The Canvas course offers links to numerous articles, blog posts, and online videos and presentations, in addition to recorded lectures including commentary from 15 leading global experts. An outcome we might not have predicted.” — DHN
“I have been teaching this course for nearly 36 years. Despite the pandemic and challenges associated with teaching online, the 2021 Photograph Preservation Block was one of my very favorites – with great thanks to everyone who participated! Our students were inspired by the commitment, creativity, research, and resilience of all involved. I was as well. (But not the least bit surprised as I knew how terrific everyone would be.) I found the students to be totally engaged and I miss not seeing them on my Zoom screen every day.”
“It’s not only fun to pull the instructor’s personality into a course, it deepens the connection between teacher and student. Personal connection has been proven to increase student engagement and academic achievement. In Debbie’s course, to complement the extensive content that she has carefully curated since she began teaching the block in 1982, we added shades of her favorite color (teal), inspiring photographs and quotes, and music by The Beatles. My hope was that a piece of Debbie’s magnetic personality and passion for photograph conservation would shine through.”
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