Grossmont College Technology Plan 2007-2010.

Technology

Art History

Description

At the didactic core of Art History is the projection of quality images.  We are currently in the process of integrating all available recent technology to provide the best possible images for our students. We now have ArtStor as our main database which contains ca. 400,000 images. We also received two new computer systems with a printer which will allow us to take full advantage of this technology. We are still in need of a high-tech scanner and work stations to install our computer systems.. We must also update our video collection with close-captioned CD-ROMS.

Curriculum Impact

Images are the backbone of instruction in the Art History area. Excellent quality, high-resolution projection is crucial for the instruction based on visual objects. In addition, equipment such as a high-resolution digital camera,  slide scanner, CD-ROM burners, database software and hardware to create and store images is essential. These systems need to be updated regularly as new technology becomes available. We must also update our video collection with close-captioned CD-ROMS and replace videos with DVDs.

Approximate Number of Students Served

The Art History area offers 48 sections each year with the potential to serve as many as 1700 students annually.

Support Impact

Personnel support will be needed with regards to the purchase, installation, and use of items requested. In addition, faculty will need ongoing training in ArtStor and other web based instructional resources such as Blackboard.

Year 1 (2007-2008)

 Objective

1. To maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of our database resource ArtStor.

2. Improve the physical learning environment in which these images are projected.

3. Begin to transition our video collection to the CD-ROM closed-caption format.

 Action to Meet Objective

For objective 1: Two additional computer systems must be purchased for the Art History office. This station will include the highest capacity computers (with necessary memory and speed) along with flat-screen monitors, CD-ROM/DVD burners, and ergonomically supportive computer desks and chairs. In addition, a color printer/scanner and a large screen high resolution scanner are needed. Faculty and teaching assistants will need additional training in Blackboard and ArtStor.

 For objective 2: The projection screen must be replaced in Room 220. A white board s also needed for the room. Ergonomically supportive computer stations are needed in Room 370, 220, and 207. Dimmer lights and a digital overhead projector are needed in Room 370 and 207.

 For objective 3: Videos that have been released in a CD-ROM format must be identified and purchased.

 Year 2 (2008-2009)

 Objective

Continue upgrading systems as indicated above, while updating obsolete systems as needed. Transferring slides to digital format. Augmenting our digital collection to accommodate two new proposed courses for which such imagery is currently in the early stages.

Compile a music library to augment the Art History digital collection.

 Action to Meet Objective

Purchase said systems as needed. Faculty and teaching assistants will need continued instruction in new technology as it develops. Sorting, augmenting, and organizing of our visual collection will be ongoing.

 Year 3 (2009-2010)

 Objective

Pursue lab options in conjunction with the Synergy Center to augment student learning.

 Action to Meet Objective

Develop digital manuals for instruction both for students and faculty. Acquire additional computer systems, printers, and scanner so that students may practice skills in a didactic environment together with ergonomically supportive computer desks and chairs.


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