Last fall, the VRC created an interactive timeline for Professor Murad K. Mumtaz’s course, By Land and Sea: Art, Culture, and Religion Along the Trade Routes of Asia. Professor Mumtaz’s timeline featured images of art forms including textiles, manuscripts, paintings, luxury items, sculpture, and architecture. The first interactive timeline was created by the VRC in the Fall of 2015 for ARTH 101 Art Through Time. Students are able to access the timeline through the course’s front page on GLOW, the college’s course management software. After each class session, the timeline is updated with images of the works discussed. The details of the featured works are included in the timeline along with links to Artstor study groups or PowerPoint lectures. Students are able to zoom in and out as well as click through the timeline. Course timelines create an interactive study tool for students that provide a dynamic and always-changing front page on GLOW.
For six semesters students of Methods of Art History have been contributing to the ARTH 301 Knowledge Base, an ever-expanding resource for and written by undergraduate art history majors at Williams College. Students submit their final written projects to the Knowledge Base which was created in Omeka digital publishing software. Depending upon the professor and the semester, the writings have taken a variety of forms, including modules for introductory art history courses, projects originating from the William College Museum of Art’s Pink Art exhibition, and self-critiques of previous papers written at Williams. There are several ways to access the Knowledge Base including a tag cloud, browsing by course or image, or clicking the thumbnails of the most recent semester’s postings featured on the home page. Throughout the course of their studies, students can access writings, bibliographies, and images contributed by their peers. For reasons of copyright and privacy, the Knowledge Base is only accessible to student contributors and Art faculty and staff.