Editor’s Note: The following post is an assignment from the La Salle faculty training course Collaboration Online Plus. In this assignment, course participants are tasked with redesigning an face-to-face lesson for the online environment. Please show support to your fellow Lasallians by leaving your feedback on their ideas in the comments section below this post.
This assignment uses a whiteboard in a synchronous learning session. The idea of the exercise is to quiz students in real time on their ability to identify the medium of a work of art by observation. The teacher will open a page with ten images that contain five scrambled pairings of works of art of varying media, e.g. oil on canvas, fresco, marble, wood, ceramic. Each student will be called on to notate on the screen two images of the same medium. Then the class can vote if they are correct and discuss the choices using the chat function. Then the screen can be cleared of the previous student’s notations to clear the way for another student to connect two images.
This will challenge students to develop skills of observation and apply lessons on various standard artistic media from the text. By seeing how others guess it will provide opportunity for exchanges between students in real time and can be continued in a discussion forum for this purpose. Students will be graded on participation.