teaching

For starters, here’s a sampling of traditional, reading-intensive syllabi that I designed for undergraduate art history seminars at Stanford University in 2003-5:

   Topics in Print History

  Towards the Modern Museum

  The Mediated Environment in Early Modern Europe


Recently my teaching has moved away from text-parsing in the direction of experiential learning. I moved towards a hands-on approach at Harvard University in the 2001, when I taught a freshman print seminar, and even a sophomore methods and theory seminar, with art works assembled in the study room of the Fogg Museum. At Stanford University (2003-5) I taught all of my classes in rare book and print rooms, and I put together an exhibition on early modern maps and views to ensure that students in a landscape history seminar always had original objects to hand.


In Ottawa I enjoyed helping curator David Pantalony with his workshops and seminars in the storerooms of the Canada Museum of Science and Technology, where the participants engaged intensively on little-known artifacts using the rigorous Winterthur Method of object analysis that he mastered with Richard Kremer. I learned a lot from Dave, and when I suggested that he post his student’s researches on Flickr he ran with it.


In 2013 and 2014 I taught master’s students at Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism how to produce effective data visualizations integrating words, images and numbers. The 2013 projects, which grew out of my work for communications maven Edward R. Tufte, is described online at  www.designincubator.info. In those seminars I vetted students’ project proposals, then helped them to communicate their ideas with maximum legibility and impact.

Twenty projects made by the 2013 class can be seen on my Design Incubator web site. I taught a more ambitious version of the class in Winter 2014, where students made maps, and produced some pretty remarkable web sites that turned out to be more ephemeral than the previous year’s projects.

    


In Winter term of 2016 I was a digital humanities instructor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, in my capacity as Research Lead at the Hybrid Publishing Group. I worked with professors Lisa Pon and Beatriz Balanta on developing research tools for an interdisciplinary graduate seminar in the history and theory of communications. Training entire class in metadata basics and cataloging software. Working with select students on designing HyperImage interfaces for 19th and 20thC photo albums.

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