CAA 2019

CAA 2019
Josh Yavelberg has three sessions at the 2019 College Art Association Conference. The sessions are all very different, and technically, Josh will only be present at two of the following sessions due to a scheduling conflict:

When a Textbook is not an Option: Developing and Manging OERs for Online Art History Courses

Josh Yavelberg, PhD

Open Educational Resources (OERs) have found a surge in higher education amid their increasing availability and the pressures to reduce the cost of higher education for students. In 2014, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) instilled a new directive to rely solely on OERs to deliver course content throughout all undergraduate courses. As the course chair tasked with this transition for the art history courses and through independent research, I conducted a reflective case study highlighting the theories and expectations of such a transition and the trials and tribulations that are encountered through the reality of implementing OERs. While at the nexus of theory and practical application, many Lessons learned and suggestions for future implementation and research are discussed.

Understanding the Student Perspective of Art History Survey Course Outcomes through Game Development

Josh Yavelberg, PhD & Kelly Donahue-Wallace (University of North Texas)
SlidesGame App

The purpose of this study was to form an understanding of student perspective from students in a capstone seminar of the issues and learning objectives of the art history survey course through game design. This heuristic, design-based research study relied on the interactions of the researchers with a class of capstone students to focus on the delivery of a creative product that may be implemented in future research. The goal of this research was to define the student perceptions of the art history survey course and how the process of game design informed these perceptions. Following the study, researchers highlighted a few student-developed games that could be utilized in a future course, highlighting areas for future research.

Gallery House: Re-Imagining the Art School Fraternity Experience

Josh Yavelberg, PhD, Gil Gerald, and Laura Arike

Delta Gamma Theta, a fraternal organization of Pratt Institute with history dating back to 1898 encountered difficulties in 2003 as they faced dwindling membership, an absent alumni association, and were facing foreclosure on their chapter house, a brownstone in the heart of Clinton Hill in Brooklyn, NY. Amid desperate efforts by a few dedicated alums, the fraternity re-imagined its mission, adapting to the career-focused needs of the new student body. The fraternity transformed its house into Gallery House, a thriving art gallery displaying professional artist work. Instead of gaining new members through a rigorous pledging process, the fraternal organization now on-boards members through a demanding internship process requiring that both undergraduate and graduate student interns curate, promote and manage thematic art exhibitions that raise money for charities of their choosing. This presentation discusses the history of the organization, its transition and restructuring, and its reemergence as a successful service learning opportunity providing professional growth and networking for students of Pratt Institute as described by alumni involved in the transition and recent Gallery House graduates.