Thursday, December 15, 2016

A beautiful escape: Heather McCune Bruhn’s online art history course - Stephanie Swindle, Penn State

Whether a student takes an introductory art history course in a classroom or at a computer in an active battle zone, Heather McCune Bruhn, Penn State instructor in art history, wants the experience to be transformative. “I have had students who are active military members in Afghanistan write to me and say, ‘This is the only thing that is beautiful in my day. This is my escape.’ That alone is a reason to do this,” explained Bruhn. An early supporter of online education, Bruhn has been teaching courses in the College of Arts and Architecture e-learning Institute since 2009. Her courses, Art History 111 and Art History 112, both covering Western art, are general education offerings that feature slideshows of works of art with Bruhn lecturing over them.

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