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Anchorage Museum of History and ArtArts and Cultural Curriculum Development
Anchorage Museum of History and Art

This is a federal funded project to develop curriculum on Alaskan art and culture for Alaska schools, and hope to create and provide an exemplary curriculum for all of the children of Alaska. Working as a advisor and researcher on AKART, my primary involvements are to assist and guide the project in:

  • Identifying grade level and content areas of need in the arts and culture
  • Providing guidelines for the content and development of curriculum materials
  • Recommending, reviewing and evaluating content and instructional materials
  • Research current and emerging technology for online educational learning.

MUniversity of Alaska Museum of the NortholiNet and A Sense of Alaska
University of Alaska Museum

MoliNet is an electronic catalog of Museum objects that will link additional documentary material drawn from the University Library’s unique collections on Alaska and the Polar Regions . This project will further enrich and materially strengthen the ability of the University library and Museum to work together for the benefit of our respective users. Teachers, students, and learners of all ages across the state will be able to access this Museum’s resources using the University Library online catalog and database. MoliNet will expand educational services by targeting specific critical curriculum needs of teaching the arts and humanities in the Delta Greely School Districts and the Yukon-Koyukuk School District, providing both content training and network access equipment. Serving as Museum Affiliate in the Education Department, my role is to advise and consult the projects on the design, organization, implementation, and evaluation of web-based educational curriculum and programming, as well as assist its dissemination plan through conference presentations and paper publication at state and national level.

University of Alaska Museum of the NorthLearnAlaska
University of Alaska Museum

LearnAlaska provides a unique learning opportunity for students to discover and explore the culture, history, and art of Alaska. LearnAlaska is the online educational tool to view, sort, and display digital museum objects and historical archive images selected from Alaska's Digital Archive (Archive). The Archive is a database of historical photographs, museum objects, documents, maps, and audio and video clips created through a growing statewide partnership of Alaska libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies.

LearnAlaska will provide a Discovery Tour Builder, downloadable Viewer, a Tours Database, and ultimately, an alternate browser for the Archive. The Tour Builder allows teachers and students to develop, online, tours of the Archive objects. Completed tours are saved to email for use in the classroom, are small in size, and can contain lesson plan and teacher resource information in addition to the classroom presentation. Sharing the Tours with other educators and students is as easy as emailing a single file to a friend and as rewarding as submitting the tour to LearnAlaska for inclusion in the online Tours Database.

LearnAlaska is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Technology Opportunities Program; Institute of Museum & Library Services; and State Farm Insurance Company.

Cassatt Portrait Young GirlDistance Delivery Docent Training Program
Light Motifs: American Impressionist Paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Traveling Exhibit
Anchorage Museum of History and Art

This project was funded by a UAA Faculty Development Grant to create a distance delivery docent training program for the Light Motifs: American Impressionist Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The traveling exhibit was on view at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art (AMHA) from July 1 through September 5, 2005.

Internet2 ShowcaseThe purpose of the project was to develop a docent-training program to determine if the use of distance education delivery methods would enhance docent training programs in traveling venues, especially if the programs were delivered directly from a lending institution having the most comprehensive knowledge of its own collections and related educational experiences. Additionally, the project provided a special videoconferencing opportunity with a master teacher from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) for question-and-answer sessions about inquiry-based gallery interpretation.

View archived Internet2 WebCast here.