Online Learning

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Crystal Bridges wants to ensure that everyone has access to engaging with and learning from works of art. With the generous support of the Windgate Foundation, Crystal Bridges has developed two innovative online courses. We are currently training high school teachers to offer the courses, as well as offering the courses to the general public. Learn more if you are a teacher, or a high school student.



Information for Teachers

 
 
 

Online Scholars Programs

Crystal Bridges developed an online teacher training program to prepare teachers throughout the country to offer Art Appreciation and American Identity and Art+Process: Creating a Body of Work. Thanks to a grant from Northern Trust, the Online Scholar Program is offered at no cost to qualified teachers and consists of a four-week, asynchronous, facilitated online course where you can work at your own pace each week.

 
 
 
 

Participants will explore the pedagogy in teaching from works of art, understand the instructional design behind the courses, and learn how to use the online tools that are a part of the courses. Each weekly session consists of 4–6 hours of activities such as watching videos, participating in online discussions with other educators in the course, and planning how you will use the course content in your school or organization. Participants can work at their own pace each week (and even work ahead if necessary due to their schedule).

Once trained, accepted educators will be licensed to access the course(s) at no charge to use within their school or community. The courses can be taught in fully online, blended, or face-to-face classroom settings. The courses are designed for high school students but can be used with older learners as well.

To apply, fill out the Crystal Bridges Online Scholar Program Application. Cohorts are limited to 25 and applicants will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis.

Graduate credit is available for an additional fee. View the graduate credit information page for more details.

Download the Online Scholar Program brochure to share with your colleagues. If you have any questions about the application process, email us at [email protected].

 
 
 


 

FAQ

Teacher Training

Crystal Bridges developed an online teacher training program to prepare teachers throughout the country to offer Art Appreciation and American Identity and Art+Process: Creating a Body of Work. The Online Scholar Program is offered at no cost to qualified teachers and consists of a four-week, asynchronous, facilitated online course where you can work at your own pace each week.

Learn more about our upcoming cohorts HERE.

Educator Application

The Crystal Bridges Online Scholar Program is a competitive, all-expense-paid program for educators to learn how to teach Crystal Bridges’ online courses. The program invites accepted applicants to participate in an innovative four-week online training course during the summer or fall of 2017. Participants will explore the pedagogy in teaching from works of art, understand the instructional design behind the courses, and learn how to use the online tools that are a part of the courses.

Each weekly session consists of 4–6 hours of activities such as watching videos, participating in online discussions with other educators in the course, and planning how you will use the course content in your school or organization. Participants can work at their own pace each week (and even work ahead if necessary due to their summer schedule).

Once trained, accepted educators will be licensed to access the course(s) at no charge within their school or community. The courses can be taught in fully online, blended, or face-to-face classroom settings. The courses are designed for high school students but can be used with older learners.

To apply, fill out the Crystal Bridges Online Scholar Program Application. Space is limited and applicants will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis so be sure to apply today.

Graduate credit is available for an additional fee. View the graduate credit information page for more details.

Download the Online Scholar Program brochure to share with your colleagues. If you have any questions about the application process, email us at [email protected].

Supportive Resources and Research

Recognizing how diverse delivery methods and techniques for distance learning can be, Crystal Bridges embarked on a multi-faceted approach to understand the current landscape of distance learning in art museums, as well as to envision the future. Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Research on Rural Education examined the history of distance learning programs offered by art museums, as well as current initiatives and future possibilities and compiled the research report, Bridging the Gap: Expanding Access to Visual Arts through Distance Technology.

A literature review is also part of the report and was compiled through research in publications, qualitative interviews, and from the presentations at Crystal Bridges’ first Distance Learning Summit, held in July 2013. The Summit hosted more than 40 representatives from museums and other institutions across the country at Crystal Bridges. A diverse array of programs was presented in a case-study format to examine current trends in the field. Following the case studies, participants envisioned the future of distance learning, with the help of a facilitator.

Crystal Bridges hosted a second Distance Learning Summit: Art Museums and Educational Innovation in November 2015. The Summit was an opportunity for art museum educators, technology and media specialists, K–12 reformers, and educational entrepreneurs to come together to explore key questions. This report summarizes the key findings from the Summit.

These resources are for museums and educators as they embark on their distance learning initiatives. Distance learning offers art museums a unique opportunity to directly create and deliver content to students, to cross institutional boundaries, and to reach students we never thought possible.