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Instructional Strategies for Art Teachers

Syllabus Instructional Strategies for Art Teachers (2020)

Course Title: Instructional Strategies for Art Teachers

Semester Credit Hours: 3

Course Code: AOEU ARE516 / Morningside EDUC500 AOE016

Prerequisites: None


This course is worth three credit hours and will run for eight weeks. Participants will be invited to the course two days before the scheduled start date, giving them time in advance for organization and planning. Official interactive learning will begin on the first Monday of the month in which the course runs.   


Instructor details and contact information are listed in the course announcements on the course landing page. Office hours are available by appointment only. 

Course Description

This highly interactive course examines instructional strategies for experienced art teachers to further their professional repertoires of instructional approaches. Moving beyond theory to actual application in the classroom, participants will create innovative, dynamic, cross-curricular, and engaging materials to reach students across all age levels and abilities. 

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Use a variety of delivery methods to grab and hold the attention of even the most distracted student.
  • Practice the art of facilitating dynamic discussions.
  • Confidently develop cross-curricular connections including literacy and math.
  • Use technology and play to support and energize instruction.

Required Materials

Purchase: None

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)

Course Schedule

See the online course calendar in the LMS for specific due dates.

WeekActivityPoint ValueEstimated Workload Hours Per Week
Week 1Discussion Board: Introduce yourself to the class.3014 Hours
Week 2Discussion Board: Think about the methods you read from the Fisher and Frey articles.30
Week 2Assignment: Model a think aloud for students.5021 Hours
Week 3Discussion Board: List and discuss 2-3 ways you currently use small group instruction or one-on-one conferencing in your classroom.30
Week 3Assignment: Create an annotated bibliography OR create a reflection station.5017 Hours
Week 4Discussion Board: How do you currently (or how could you) use essential questions to guide instruction and student learning?30
Week 4Assignment: Create an independent learning guide or a collaborative learning guide.5019 Hours
Week 5Discussion Board: Share three things you learned about working with students with special needs in the art room.30
Week 5Assignment: Revise a lesson plan to meet the needs of diverse learners OR develop learning supports for the classroom.5024 Hours
Week 6Discussion Board: Imagine your art room from the perspective of a student.30
Week 6Assignment: Create a new, original game for the art room OR revamp a lesson plan to incorporate create play or experiential learning.5021 Hours
Week 7Discussion Board: What is your online teaching experience?30
Week 7Assignment: Translate a lesson for the online learning environment.5024 Hours
Week 8Discussion Board: What are three things you want to take back to use as a teaching tool for your students?25
Week 8Assignment: Build the final portfolio.504 Hours
Total585145 Hours

Evaluation Method

Participants are expected to submit all activities by the due dates and progress through the course content in numerical order. All activities including discussion board posts, peer responses, and assignments are evaluated by the instructor using a rubric.

Participant grades are always available in the online grade book inside the LMS. It is the participant’s responsibility to check the online grade book frequently and contact the instructor with questions.

Discussion Boards

Participants interact, collaborate, and share information on discussion boards. Each participant posts an initial contribution, addressing required discussion board questions, and reads and responds to peer posts as required. Participants have two days after the discussion board due date to read and respond to each other’s posts. All discussion boards are evaluated by the instructor using a rubric.


Assignments are completed by course participants, addressing required criteria detailed in the course. All assignments are submitted to the instructor inside the LMS. All assignments are evaluated by the instructor using a rubric.


At the end of this course, participants will create a final portfolio of coursework that demonstrates a holistic view of learning.

Course Policies

It is important for participants to review all of AOEU’s Course Policies. Contact your instructor with questions.

Drop Policy

Students are eligible to drop a course and receive 100% tuition refund at any time before 11:59 p.m. Central Time (UTC-5) on the seventh day of a course. See AOEU’s Transfer, Withdrawal, and Tuition Reimbursement policy.

Withdrawal Policy

Students are eligible for a 100% tuition refund at any time before 11:59 p.m. Central Time (UTC-5) on the last day of the course. Withdrawal requests made after 11:59 p.m. Central Time (UTC-5) on the seventh day of the course will be documented as a formal withdrawal (W) on the student record. Withdrawal requests after 11:59 p.m. Central Time (UTC-5) of the course end date will not be accepted. See AOEU’s Transfer, Withdrawal, and Tuition Reimbursement policy.

Late Work

Participants are expected to submit all activities by the due dates. All submissions are time stamped in the LMS. Weekly assignment extensions must be preapproved by the instructor. Unexcused late work will result in a point deduction in accordance with the grading rubric. See AOEU’s Course Progress Policy.

Grading Scale

Letter GradePercentageGPA

See AOEU’s Grading Policy

Academic Integrity

The Art of Education University believes academic integrity is essential in order to maintain the validity of all grades earned and to protect the integrity of the university and all of its students and graduates. Therefore, AOEU adheres to the highest standards when it comes to scholarly work.

All work submitted and/or presented by students must be original and must properly cite all outside inspiration. Original cited work includes, but is not limited to, individual and group assignments in written, oral, and electronic forms, as well as any artistic creations. See the Academic Integrity Policy.

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Art of Education University is committed to providing applicable provisions for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. To receive disability services at The Art of Education University, the student must submit an Accommodation Request Form for review. The Dean of Student Services and Head of Compliance will review all applications and respond privately. See the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policy.


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