From February 3 to 6, 2016, the Cengage Learning Arts team attended the College Art Association Conference in Washington, D.C., the largest international forum for professionals in the visual arts. From interactive sessions led by distinguished scholars, to informative in-booth demonstrations, to cutting-edge focus groups, this year’s CAA was one for the books.
During sessions, Art History instructors led discussions focused on technology as pedagogy. It’s evident there is a shift in the learning paradigm as digital is becoming the crux of education. Cengage Learning aligns with these shifting pedagogical goals by promoting personalized, adaptable learning of students through our digital learning solution, MindTap for Art.
As a testament to MindTap, instructors touted the benefits they would reap after seeing the in-booth demonstrations. One Art History instructors exclaimed, “MindTap works and students will love it!” Fred Kleiner, author of Art through the Ages, enticed instructors by walking them through robust MindTap features that support well-rounded learning and teaching. There’s no denying it: instructors are thrilled to bring MindTap into their classrooms.
Why do students love MindTap? Because MindTap is directly informed by students needs and uses Art to tell a story within the platform. One student can attest, “I found it easy to connect the image to what I was reading when next the actual text.” As we confirmed in the focus groups, MindTap is made to meet students’ needs first. With the ease of learning and teaching, students and instructors alike will be able to focus their energy on new realms within the Art History field.
Did you attend the College Art Association Annual Conference? Share your highlights in the comments section below! We also invite you to join the conversation on Twitter—use the hashtag #CAA2016 to share your thoughts and photos.
Relive the memories… Take a look at some of our photos from the CAA Annual Conference as well as notes about how teachers heighten classroom engagement using technology. Want to add your photos to the gallery? Tweet us @CengageArts and add the hashtag #CAA2016.