Colleen Skidmore, Assistant
Professor, Art and Design
University of Alberta, Calgary, Canada
Ms. Skidmore was a pioneering participant during the
AMICO University Testbed year (1998-99). She has taught an entire course
in Canadian Art History in a newly configured laboratory space using
digital images. She also worked closely with Canadian AMICO members
to request works be contributed to The AMICO Library to reinforce her
teaching needs. Ms. Skidmore offered benefits and recommendationsfor
AMICO to consider.
Five benefits that we enjoy with AMICO:
Five wishes for AMICO to meet user needs:
- Flexible Conditions of Use
Students may use:
- an on-line notebook,
- download the images to their home computers
or to floppy discs in the lab,
- print the images for study purposes, to
interleave with lecture notes, or for submission in term papers.
- set up AMICO notebooks for course preparation,
- upload image lists with links to AMICO,
- use the presentation catalogue for other
sections of Canadian art history courses taught in the usual lecture
hall where students do not have computers,
- assign work with AMICO in upper level
seminar courses to develop library skills and to research a seminar
discussion or term paper topic,
- create study assignments, similar to the
AMICO model assignments.
- AMICO image quality is far better
- Over time the instructor time
investment to create an image database is less than that for pulling
slides class after class, year after year. The database is easily
updated as new images or topics are introduced into a course or AMICO
provides new images. Most importantly, students have 24-hour access
to the images and other course materials.
- Large amount of Canadian art
- AMICO makes it easier to respond
to growing student demand online sources for materials.
- More works in The AMICO Library.
200,000 would be a good amount of images and member museums should
ask educational users what they would like to have added to The AMICO
- Specifically, in to would be
good to see more works by women and visible minorities, as well as
design materials and photographs.
- More contemporary search categories
that reflect the expectations of the discipline are needed, especially
by gender and ethnicity.
- Friendlier side by side display
interface for images.
- Keep the subscription price
in check; funding is not improving and library resources are watched
- Open Ms. Skidmore's presentation as a .PDF
- Review Ms. Skidmore's presentation notes as
a .PDF file
Kelly Richmond, Communications
Ms. Richmond is coordinator of the AMICO K-12 Testbed.
This group of nine participating schools in the U.S. have had one semester
of access to The AMICO Library, of the three semesters planned for the
Testbed. Ms. Richmond reviewed the results of the survey administered
to the group at the end of this initial segment of the project.
- K-12 teachers and students have needs that
differ from University level users
- Notebooks and searching can be complicated
- Grouping content around themes would be useful
- The commentaries and additional materials are
- Side-by-side projection, zooming in for details,
and 3-D views are wanted
- Open Ms. Richmond's presentation
as a .PDF file
Scott Howe, Humanities
Chair and A.P. Art History Teacher
Isidore Newman School, New Orleans, LA
Mr. Howe is a participant in the AMICO K-12 Testbed
and has been working with AMICO in an advisory capacity on the intersection
of AMICO Library content with K-12 school curriculum. Mr. Howe seeks
to build his students' confidence with online technologies while enforcing
the need to appropriately question materials' authorship and rigorously
cite one's sources.
In working with The AMICO Library, Mr. Howe
- The AMICO Library was a wonderful source of
materials that allowed Mr. Howe to get beyond the textbook, especially
- Students became actively engaged with the images,
and began to explore the art and artists of the period both on the
Internet and in the library.
- Lectures acquired a "cool" factor, simply because
Mr. Howe was using a computer to do something old in a new way, something
important when teaching teenagers.
- Projects devised using The AMICO Library allowed
Mr. Howe to model for students the essence of academic life: bringing
diverse sets of knowledge together into a new context in order to
share it with a larger audience.
- Mr. Howe instilled the importance of questioning
authorship and then, properly citing online sources to his students
using The AMICO Library. Students took this message to heart as 75%
of his students credited Mr. Howe with "honesty and academic integrity"
as one of his core values.
- Open Mr. Howe's presentation as a .PDF
- Review Mr. Howe's presentation notes as a .PDF
Peter Walsh, Consultant
Mr. Walsh (an Art Historian and former AMICO project
team member) has been working with AMICO on developing programs that
support university users. Based on his analysis last year on the types
of art history programs offered at AMICO Library subscribing schools,
Mr. Walsh has been developing model assignments that could be integrated
into subscribers' typical course offerings. Mr. Walsh discusses the
objectives of these assignments and highlighted a few examples.
The Goal of the Model Assignments is to:
- Provide an example of ways that rich resources
like The AMICO Library, that have no corollary in the traditional
world of the Art Historian, can be integrated into teaching
- Inspire teachers to adapt these pedagogicial
models to their own subject areas
- Show that this can be done in a relatively
low-tech but creative way
- Open Mr. Walsh's presentation as a .PDF
- Review Mr. Walsh's presentation notes as a
Michel Vulpe, Founder
i4i, Inc., Toronto, Canada
Mr. Vulpe previewed the new XML-based tools for use
with The AMICO Library that are under development by i4i. The objectives
of this new tool set is to allow teachers to find content in The AMICO
Library more easily, and to integrate it smoothly into different standard
teaching formats, such as lesson plans, quizzes, assignments, and more.
Mr. Vulpe presentation will demonstrate these new developments.
With the i4i toolset a teacher can:
- Browse The AMICO Library using Windows Explorer
on their desktop
- See Folders of AMICO Library content that cluster
works in categories
- Integrate AMICO Library content into their
Microsoft Office documents
- Author standard document genres used in classroom
teaching, such as lesson plans, assignments and quizzes, with the
aid of Office Assistants
All present agreed that it was very helpful to have
Users of The AMICO Library communicate what they are doing with our
digital resource. Requests were made for copies of all of the presentations
(They are available in digital form on the Members Web site.)
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