Our Delivery Method
In 2020 our Summer School will be delivered online. We trust you agree that our chosen method is easy to understand, user-friendly and uses widely familiar and accessible technologies and platforms, including PowerPoint, YouTube and Zoom.
Each Summer School course consists of two, complementary components. These are:
Pre-recorded lectures that you can watch as Youtube videos at a time convenient to you.
Each pre-recorded lecture is one hour long, and divided into three or four discrete parts, each with its own learning outcome. The end of each section marks an appropriate point at which to pause and take a break. This format of lecture in bite-sized parts reduces screen-fatigue, and enables you to learn at your own pace and at times convenient to you, in whatever time-zone you find yourself. Moreover, all 10 pre-recorded lectures are delivered to you five days before the course officially starts, to give you ample time to absorb teaching contents and they will remain available to you until the end of the week of your course.
Daily, live discussion and object-study sessions
Held each weekday of the course at a time most suitable to all time zones, these tutor-led discussions will use Zoom video conferencing software to examine relevant works of art closely and to discuss topics raised in the pre-recorded lectures. These sessions enable you to ‘meet’ your tutor and fellow students and exchange ideas. The week before each course a Zoom trial and ice-breaking session will be organised.
Further conversations can take place in your course’s dedicated online forum, and you may also send questions and comments to your tutor by email.
Over the past decade, we have seen a significant increase in online resources presenting works of art and architecture in high definition and sometimes in three dimensions. These resources will both enrich our ‘live’ discussions and provide you with further inspiration for self-guided exploration.
In addition, you will, of course, continue to have access to pre-course readings and handouts on our VLE.
The VLE (Virtual Learning Environment)
The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is a website The Courtauld uses to deliver information and resources to its students. Your course page will include handouts, class schedules, readings and discussion forums. Once enrolled on a course you will receive a personal log-in for the VLE.
The Courtauld Summer School, by special copyright licence, adds readings on to each course’s VLE page. These readings are chapters or extracts taken from our extensive specialist art history library; once downloaded you may print or save these files permanently; however they cannot be shared with others.
The Courtauld’s Library services have compiled period-specific guides of free-to-access resources for art-historical study. These include displays of art, objects and books online, as well as journals, texts and videos. Summer School participants will receive these at the start of their course.
Technology support during your course
While participants will be responsible for ensuring they have access to a computer with webcam and microphone, and the internet, we shall be on hand to support issues of access to lectures and discussions.
Detailed and simple instructions will be sent to you, and a trial Zoom session will be organised in the week before each course to introduce you to your tutor and fellow students and make sure that you are able to join the online discussions.