The Celtic Art & Cultures Project

The Celtic Art & Cultures project is a joint effort by Dr. Dorothy Verkerk, Gary Geisler, and Karin Breiwitz of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Verkerk is an Assistant Professor of Art History at UNC. Mr. Geisler is a Software Engineer for IBM and a student in the PhD program in the the UNC School of Information and Library Science. Ms. Breiwitz received her MSLS from the UNC School of Information and Library Science in 1998 and is currently employed by the Center for Teaching and Learning, UNC. Each of us brought our own skills, interests, and enthusiasms to the project to create what we believe is an ambitious and educational contribution to Celtic studies.

Working collaboratively and bringing together disparate areas of expertise, our goal for this project is to create a course Web site around a rich multimedia database of Celtic-related images, maps, timelines, interactive vocabulary aids, and animations, that students enrolled in Art 111 (Fall, 1998 and 2000) will explore and study. We intend to use technology to provide students with a means to understand the course material that is not possible in a traditional lecture or seminar course. By providing students with a large and varied database of multimedia materials -- not only the traditional static images, but also animations, reconstructions, and interactive exercises -- and creating course assignments that require students to explore the database to develop and share their views on course topics, we hope to enable students to become more fully immersed in the subject than is otherwise possible. Ultimately, students will be empowered to research, design, and write a "virtual" exhibition catalogue.

This multimedia database is not designed to replace the instructor of the course, but instead will serve as central focus of the course, providing the instructor with a context for weekly lectures and providing students with the means to develop a richer understanding of the course topic through interaction with the multimedia materials.

The Celtic Art & Culture project is one of the proposals selected by Chancellor Michael Hooker to receive an instructional technology grant for 1997-98.

Celtic Art and Cultures (Art 111) is taught in the Fall of 1998 and 2000. The class consists of undergraduates and graduates who will be working individually and collaboratively on a virtual exhibition. The course syllabus provides the basic resources for the students with links to discussion forums, web sites, weekly readings and assignments, and a list of upcoming work.