New Art History App for Teaching!

It might just change the way Art History is taught and learned…Want a sneak peek? Search “Wolff” in the Apple App Store.

Some snippets from the article announcing it’s launch:

“Wolff, an art history iPad application, uses a streamlined interface to bring crowd-sourced, high-resolution artwork to users in classroom and academic settings.”

“We want to place high-resolution artwork images in the hands of people in a way that is functional and beautiful,” Bryda said, noting that the application will help the art history discipline keep up with the changing technological landscape.

For more information on the article from the Yale Daily News, go to:

Reminder Restoring and Importing into Classroom (Moodle)

Last semester the Office of Academic Technology started archiving all Moodle courses on with the exception of the current (running) semester. On February 27, 2015 all Fall 2014 courses will be archived. Courses will not be deleted – only archived! If you reuse content on Moodle from past semesters you will have many options available to you going forward.

You may choose one of the following ways to prepare to teach using Moodle if you use past semester materials:

  1. Manage course files outside of Moodle and use the easy drag and drop function to create and organize your Moodle course each semester.
  2. Manage course backups independently by backing up and downloading course backups at the end of each semester, and restoring them to future course iterations. This takes a few steps and may require you to attend brief training, review documentation, or request support at the beginning of the semester.
  3. Contact Academic Technology at the start of the semester to receive a back up file from a previous semester. You can meet with me, attend training or follow instructions to restore the file to your new course.
  4. Contact Academic Technology at the start of the semester to restore a course for you.

Please allow for a turnaround time of 5 business days for Academic Technology requests, especially at the start of a semester.

Here is a link to the policy:

Feel free to schedule a consultation by contacting the Director of Academic Technology at


Google Workshop at MICA Next Week!

Ever wonder what Google Hangouts is and how to use it to connect to individuals or groups online? Google Apps provide a variety of tools for teachers and students to connect, organize and share online. Come to a workshop on Wednesday, January 28th from 12 – 2pm in Bunting 360 for a workshop on the following topics:

Google Drive (with all the fun inclusions like documents, sheets, presentations, drawing)

Google Hangouts
Google Sites
Google Scholar
Please RSVP to

VoiceThread and Best Practices



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What is VoiceThread?

With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected from anywhere in the world at any time and shared in one place, all with no software to install. A VoiceThread is a collaborative, interactive, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos. It allows people to navigate through the slides and leave comments in 5 ways: using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file (for VoiceThread Pro users), or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues so they can record comments, too.
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Three Best Practices

  • Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are the best browsers to use with VoiceThread.
  • Download or update Flash.
  • Enable Cookies. This is the easiest way to ensure that VoiceThread can function properly.

There is help if you would like to test run your VoiceThread presentation before using it for a class.

VoiceThread for Art Teaching and Learning

View these example for ideas on how it could be used in your classroom!

American Art: Searching for Values by Constance Vidor

Be sure to view past the first few slides. Here the instructor narrates through pages (and not others) even though students will be viewing and interacting on those same pages. Student comments can be audio, video or text!

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Higher Ed Online Learning from Michelle Pacansky-Brock “Photography from Inception to Digital”

I truly like the collaborative nature of this example that includes lecture as well as guided discussion. All of this happens asynchronously with some comments in text and others in a recorded voice. Imagine whether you could get this level of interaction in a large live lecture.

If you are interested in VoiceThread, limited licenses are available for MICA faculty. For troubleshooting questions and information, please contact the Office of Academic Technology or visit:

Art History Digital Resources

Art Teaching Resources

Below is a brief list of Art History teaching resources, a video library and an interactive museum site. Please add to this or comment!

Art History Teaching Resources

Various contributors from teachers to curators to art experts share their knowledge, resources and experience at this site.

82nd & Fifth

Explore the interactive site of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Watch select episodes or explore art media on your own.


In Khan Academy fashion, Smarthistory provides free open art history videos and articles for your use in teaching.

Some reviews on the resources above:

Smarthistory Review

82nd & Fifth Review Improvements To Come Soon

We’re looking for volunteers to test some new Lynda functionality that was released in beta on October 23. If you are interested, contact me at

If you participate, you can explore and test a new interface on where you will be able to build playlists comprised of individual videos, or sections of courses.

Specifically, you will be able to:

  • Add courses or individual videos to a playlist
  • Drag and drop courses, videos, chapters, and more into a playlist
  • Enable or disable videos or chapters within a course in a playlist
  • Watch a playlist from start to finish on a single page

In the beta environment, you can switch back to the current playlist functionality by clicking Use classic layout at the upper right of your playlist page.

Just in case you forgot…

What is Lynda? Lynda is an online video library that MICA subscribes to where you can access thousands of instructional video tutorials.

How do I access Lynda? Go to your MICA portal at and log in. On the left menu, click on Academic Resources where you will find a link to Lynda!

Guide to Adobe Connect at MICA


Four Best Practices

Use Firefox  as your server. Safari and Chrome work but could cause playback errors.
Firefox can be downloaded for free here:

There is going to a lot of information transferred to and from your computer. If possible, use a wired connection instead of Wifi.

It is also recommended that you use a microphone headset. If you need a headset, one can be borrowed from Pam Stefanuca in the Academic Technology Department.

Pam would also be happy to help test run your Adobe Connect presentation with you at least one week in advance:


Troubleshooting Audio Problems

A common audio issue with Adobe Connect is a sound echo. It happens when the computer speakers play audio and the sound is captured by the microphone on the same computer creating an audio loop or echo. This doesn’t always happen in Connect sessions, but it can sometimes happen. Adobe Connect is designed to cancel any audio echoes in the default setting of Enhanced Audio.

You can find additional information about audio settings here:

If you choose to use a microphone headset, you may need to adjust sound settings on your computer speakers in the following way (MAC). Make sure you do this before going into a new Adobe Connect session.

  1. Connect your microphone headset to the computer.
  2. Go to System Preferences> Sound> Output. Here you should see your headset and internal speakers on the list for sound output.
  3. Select the headphone set (it is usually labeled as the brand of your headphones). Your headset earphones are now selected for sound output.
  4. Next, select the “Input” tab and select your microphone headset as your default Input. This will make sure your headset microphone is selected for sound input.

For other audio solutions, refer to:


Sharing Documents, Images, and Presentations

As a host or presenter, you can share the PPT, PPTX, PNG, MP4, F4V, Adobe PDF, SWF, FLV, JPEG, and MP3 file types from the Content library or your computer.


When you are in a session, click on the “Share my Screen button in the middle of the presentation pod. 

For more information and problem solving, visit these sites:


If you need more information or training, support is close by: