TEACHING IDEAS AND TOOLSCarla Gerona
I have created this space to post ideas and tools related to studio teaching. As someone who primarily teaches core classes to non-history majors, I believe such innovative history courses are useful for all students, not just history majors. I first wrote about how to teach a workshop class in an article called, “Plan C for Curate: Teaching Studio History and Museum Studies.” I have posted a brief overview with a few exemplary assignments below. I am currently teaching another studio course called, “Revolutions in Early American Digital History,” and I will be posting related material about that here as well.
INTRODUCTION TO MUSEUM STUDIES
The topics change every semester. But over the years, I developed a practical formula for teaching “Introduction to Museum Studies” that divides the course into three components:
- Portfolio Research
- Storyboarding the Exhibit
- Building the Exhibit.
Organizing the class in this way encourages maximum involvement at the individual and group level.
I break down complex research into small weekly steps, as you can see from this portfolio grading rubric. At each step students look for good stories, iconic quotes, and informative images.
STORYBOARDING THE EXHIBIT
Students decide on their main ideas and piece together their stories — sometimes they work as a class, in their groups, or individually. They gather their assets and compose their exhibit — often students create panels, as though each panel was a gallery wall.
BUILDING THE EXHIBIT
In addition to printing and mounting, students create posters and organize an opening reception. Sometimes one group will do the poster, but if time permits each student creates one. When my students did the exhibit “Game Changer” about nineteenth century sports, they collected all their posters into books, and made the books part of the show.
REVOLUTION IN DIGITAL EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY