Friday, January 6, 2017

Last updated January 9, 2017

I post things here as the course proceeds, starting with a short welcome video. After that, there are two sections: the first for current term e-mails, and the second for general helpful hint items. 

FEATURED: Video introduction to the class by the instructor, Jim Janossy. This refers to general reference documents 1 and 2 below. (video, 11 minutes)

January 2: welcome e-mail, EXAMPLE grade listing, term PATTERN grade list

January 2: Navigating the course web site (illustrated guide)

January 4: GPH-205 course background

January 6: Questions and answers about the course

January 6: Welcome to students who just enrolled! (getting started quickly!)

January 9: A 3-minute video tour of the Unit 1 web page, and advice!


1. An Overview of GPH-205 (one-page .pdf)

2. An assignment checklist (one-page .pdf )

3. Focus your thinking with the USF forms (e-mail transcript; one-page .pdf )

4. Guidelines for working in a team-of-two (one-page .pdf)

5. Problems finding a copy of The Story of Art? You should be able to find it at any ordinary bookstore, it's a common book, not a college text. Public libraries also have it and I donated eight copies to the DePaul Library for student use. ANY EDITION of The Story of Art works for this course! You can order it in the pocket edition if you prefer a smaller-type book, it's got the same content just smaller print and images. Visit the "Books" link on the course home page "Start the course" line. You need The Story of Art as soon as you start working on the course! My lectures go from the preface and introduction through Chapter 25 in it. My lectures provide nearly all of the pictures from The Story of Art and complement the book, but they aren't a substitute for it. But if you don't have the book, the lectures can get you started. You can access my lectures via the unit web pages or you can access all lectures from this single web page listing:

Note: While any edition of The Story of Art works for this course, you specifically need the 4th EDITION of The History of Visual Technology workbook because I developed that edition as the workbook for the online version of this course. The first, second and third editions of the workbook are no longer current for the course as now conducted but Amazon still carries them as used books. Don't buy for this class! The 4th edition is FREE in electronic form via the course web site!

6. Problems finding info on the North Africa civilization? Information on this is found ONLY in the required video viewing for Unit 1, item #1.6 at the Unit 1 course web page, which leads you to:

7. A little help with Sumerian history: Download this one-page .pdf in which I summarize a lot of facts from the videos on this topic: Click here

8. Answers to common questions at about week 3 in the term in the vicinity of the typical Unit 1 deadline (one page .pdf, 112 Kb)

9. Outside research not needed, and some advice on your essay (no "dialect" writing is needed). Click here to download a two-page .pdf that can help you with your reflective essay/first-person story/oral history!

10. Project 4 Part 2 help! Click here to download a one-page .pdf listing of Renaissance and Baroque artists! This is from an appendix at the end of the 16th edition of The Story of Art, but older editions and the pocket editions may not have that reference, so here it is for everyone!