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Title: Conversation is the Key : A Short History of Smarthistory.org
Author: Harris, Beth
Zucker, Steven
Others: Open Ed (7th : 2010 : Barcelona)
Keywords: art;art history;Smarthistory;textbooks;sustainability;OER;teaching;learning;conversation;instruction
Issue Date: 15-Sep-2010
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Open University of the Netherlands
Brigham Young University
Citation: Harris, B.; Zucker, S. (2010). Conversation is the Key: A Short History of Smarthistory.org. In Open ED 2010 Proceedings. Barcelona: UOC, OU, BYU. [Accessed: dd/mm/yy]. <http://hdl.handle.net/10609/5081>
Abstract: Smarthistory.org is a proven, sustainable model for open educational resources in the Humanities. We discuss lessons learned during its agile development. Smarthistory.org is a free, creative-commons licensed, multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic enhancement or substitute for the traditional art history textbook. It uses conversation instead of the impersonal voice of the typical textbook in-order to reveal disagreement, emotion, and the experience of looking. The listener remains engaged with both the content and the interaction of the speakers. These conversations model close looking and a willingness to encounter and engage the unfamiliar. Smarthistory takes the inherent dialogic and multimedia nature of the web and uses it as a pedagogical method. This extendable Humanities framework uses an open-source content management system making Smarthistory inexpensive to create, and easy to manage and update. Its chronological timeline/chapter-based format integrates new contributions into a single historical framework, a structure applicable across the Humanities.
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10609/5081
Appears in Collections:Open Ed Conference 2010 (Barcelona, 2-4 November 2010)

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