Analyzing Scope and Scale of On-Line Antiquities Courses


Smart people have thought a lot about how to teach classical antiquity and archeology on-line, but it’s mostly new wine in old amphorae.

The arts of ancient Greece: the birth of classical taste by Plantzos Dimitris, University of Athens 

I’m working on a micro learning module of a CUNY Graduate Center MALS course on classical antiquity in New York architecture.  To get a handle on the size and subject range of e-learning in a related subject, I examined an on-line course offered by the University of Athens, “The arts of ancient Greece: the birth of classical taste”.

The syllabus for the 12-week video course provides a good structure for dividing the subject into time and topic headings and methodology. The Athens course is a digital reflection of a face-to-face course. Each week a new lecture video or set of readings is posted to the class along with assignments and exercises. One face-to-face class is scheduled with the teaching staff, and students are encouraged to email and post questions to stimulate interactivity.

In the end, it seems like applying new technology to old methods, using video and a learning management system to replicate the classroom experience. It’s time-shifting and place-shifting with some increased student autonomy, but it can’t deliver the full value of the face-to-face experience. Compared to the old methods, it’s only slightly different and not any better.

Jack Powers

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