Art and Design Alternate Instruction Resources

As you work to move classes online, here is some good advice:

  • Emphasize continuity of instruction for immediate use: identify key learning needs, choose a strategy and a tool, and communicate to students virtually.
    Develop more student interaction and consider ways to assess student learning. You are encouraged to build in interaction and assessment as necessary components of student learning.
    Adapt your teaching goals to meet the needs of a more complex or extended online learning situation. When key learning goals are difficult to meet in an online venue (hands-on labs, student performance, class presentations) or as online tools or local constraints affect the depth or coverage you can maintain, you may need to adjust your goals for student learning to prioritize some, set others aside, and/or alter your focus to take advantage of opportunities available only in an online setting. — Jayme Host, Director of the School of Theater and Dance, ECU
  • Please be thoughtful in your assignments and generous with your deadlines — Heather Muise, School of Art and Design faculty
Have a resource, link, or ideas to share? Send them to us!


Check out this creating instructional videos and recording lectures web page. It has links, information, and tips for you to begin.

ECU resources for distance instruction:

Joyner Library Resources

  • Schedule online library instruction
    Are your students prepared to find high-quality sources for their class assignments? Joyner Library offers online library instruction tailored to meet the needs of your specific class or assignment. Your students will discover the best places to find sources for their research-based projects and will learn effective search strategies for One Search and the library databases.  We can share recorded sessions or instruct via WebEx, whatever best fits your course. Schedule library instruction at:
  • Book a Librarian consultation service
    Please also consider recommending Joyner Library’s “Book a Librarian” consultation service to your students. We can help your students find quality sources for their projects and can introduce them to relevant library databases. Students can schedule a “Book a Librarian” session for one-on-one assistance at the link below:
  • Canvas Commons library resources
    Joyner Library provides support for your students via shared Canvas content.  Search the Canvas Commons for “Joyner” to see what is currently available.  Note that “Joyner Library: General Library Resources” provides an general overview of library resources and search tools and includes select tutorials on their effective use.
  • Consult with us
    Are you concerned about the impact of moving your research-based assignments online?  Schedule a one-on-one consultation with us and a librarian can offer feedback and support to help your students succeed.
    If you or your students ever need immediate assistance, contact us through one of the following options:
    Phone: 252.328.6677
    If you have any questions about Joyner’s research and instructional support for you and your students, please reach out directly to David Hisle at

Using WebEx for virtual office hours

Each faculty member has their own “room” in WebEx, and you can just hang out in the room. You give students the link, which is:

In order for you to monitor the “room” go to and login in the upper right with your pirate ID and passphrase. Then click the button that starts the meeting in your room.

Once you’re in that room, anyone can come and go into the room who has the link. So don’t have any personal conversations with students about their grades that others could hear if they were just logging in to talk to you.

To make this work, you will need to have downloaded and installed WebEx. Instructions are here.

To have a private meeting on WebEx, follow these directions.


Online Resources

Archives / Museums:
Periodicals – Contemporary Issues / Reviews
Residencies / Portfolio Reviews
Artist-run Forums, Podcasts, Collectives



        Film and Video Production

        Foundations / Bookmaking (University of Texas)


        Assignment ideas
        • Cyanotypes Sun print kits can be ordered. Study Anna Atkins. Have them take pictures, make scans, Submit as jpegs, pdfs or video. (see assignment 7 handmade books).
        • Visting Artists via Zoom/Skype Ask your colleagues, peers, friends, exchange with people here. Impromptu visiting artist series. Thanks specifically to John Fryer for this suggestion.
        • Presentations Have your students watch or listen to Podcasts, books, films about photography. They can make a powerpoint or just a simple slide show using Preview—record it or just make a PDF. This can be synchronous or asynchronous.
        • Work on Artists Statements. This is a great text that talks philosophically about writing about ones work. “An Artist’s Text Book” by Jan Svenungsson, It has just recently been made available for free download. Its an excellent, engaging, conceptually based musings on writing about ones art
        • Interview Artists Students find artists and interview them. Could help students network through this venue. Can do a PDF or a powerpoint.
        • Create work about the pandemic using whatever cameras materials they have. (appropriation/theory/journalism) About their experience or about the coverage. If they have to let them use their phones. Use this moment to teach about making art about intense, unknowable, sudden experiences. Have them reflect on the imagery about the pandemic—how are the images being used to convey the crisis.
        • Handmade books Have students create handmade books—or book dummies if you prefer, if they can they can use home printers or computers, or just images they may already have attached to pieces of paper. Use this to get them to make things by hand. They can make a video of their creation and present it to you/the class.
        • Really delve into Black and White Digital use as a foil as a way to make them more aware when they go back to the darkroom. Have students convert to black and white and really try to teach them about tones and why so many black and white digital prints look so bad. (Of course this is limited on the screen but still maybe a possible option for darkroom teachers).
        • Appropriation Have students study Richard Prince, Penelope Umbricio, Sherri Levine, John Heartzfelt, Sultan and Mandel, Elijah Gowin… Have them create from images they find. Or have them make collages.
        • Have Students propose their own path for the rest of the term. (The Hampshire solution).

        Documentaries/Movies/Artist Interviews 


        Processes students could potentially do at home:

        • Anthotype
        • Chlorophyll prints
        • Cyanotype (purchase coated paper or chemistry is inexpensive all on Amazon w/quick shipping).
        • Pinhole (make their own cameras process when we get back or make a pinhole for their digital camera/iPhone).

        Resources for Materials


          Major Photography Galleries

          Get your COVID giggle on…