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Technology Plan 2004-2007

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Art History


At the didactic core of art history is the projection of quality images. Digital images provide some of the best quality images. Museum and learning institutions around the world are increasingly "going digital" and developing and maintaining databases of their art images digitally. Slide projectors are becoming obsolete. The Grossmont College Art History Area needs to transition its image collection into a digitally preserved one. Furthermore, it must take full advantage of the new digital media resources offered to students, scholars, and instructors.

The Art History area is in need of access to the professional standard database, namely ArtSTOR, and the computer equipment and stations to work with this new technology. 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. We also must 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, the equipment to best see these images, such as projection screens, flat-screen monitors, and the proper lighting is also crucial. In addition, we must provide web-based resources for our students to access outside of the classroom as well. Finally, our video collection must be updated to a better quality, universally accessed CD-Rom collection where possible.

Approximate Number of Students Served
The Art History Area offers 32 sections each year with the potential to serve as many as 1600 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 training in ArtSTOR and other web-based instructional resources such as Blackboard.

Year 1 (2004-2005)

Year 1 Objective: Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the Art History Area with technology. Purchase digital camera for image capture. Begin to build a database of images. Transition into digital projection, along with slide projection, for lectures.

Action to Meet Objective
Technology and Equipment needs: High-resolution digital camera, approximately $1000.00. This is our highest priority. Dr. Marion de Koning will teaching art history in Europe this summer and fall, and we can not miss the opportunity for first hand collection of images in Paris, Florence, Rome, Venice and so on.

Personnel needs: Personnel to help build and organize digital database. This could be supported by T.A. funding and in partnership with the Photography Area.

Year 2 (2005-2006)

Year 2 Objective: Evaluate effectiveness of technology in Art History. Continue with image capture and database building. Continue transitioning lectures to digital format.

Action to Meet Objective
Personnel needs: See above.

Year 3 (2006-2007)
Updated 2006

Our Year Three Objectives are to: 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 close-captioned format.

Action to Meet Objective
For Objective 1: Three computer stations must be purchased for the Art History Office. Stations 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, color printers/scanners and an additional large-screen high resolution scanner are needed. Additional computer training in ArtSTOR and Blackboard for faculty and teaching assistants will be necessary.

For Objective 2: The projection screen must be replaced in Room 220. A white board is also needed for this room. Ergonomically-supportive computer stations are needed in Room 370 and Room 220. Dimmer lights and a digital overhead projector are needed in Room 370.

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

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Last Updated: 09/29/2014
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