Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Smarthistory: The Future of Art History Education

Internet sensation Smarthistory is a multimedia web-book with open access to videos, scholarly essays and high-quality images spanning the full spectrum of art history. Its easy-to-use book format presents learning resources in chronological order, enabling readers to browse information on different chapters in art history, from 'Ancient Cultures' through to the 'Age of Post-Colonialism.' Each chapter is organised into information on individual art movements with a map showing the origins of the movement as well as links to related content and a Flickr stream of images.

The innovative format-design is intended to engage learners in a debate about art history and make learning about art history simple; it is in essence, an antidote to the traditional art history textbook. As well as using the academically-compiled learning resources, there is the option to interact, share and learn with others by commenting on, and contributing to the feed of information. By harnessing the power of social networking, the site has grown since 2005 to become one of the most successful educational learning platforms available on the web.

Find out what inspired TIME magazine to rate Smarthistory one of the '50 best websites of 2011' (and what won them the award for 'Best Educational Website'), by visiting the link:  http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/.