LENS Curriculum Initiative
[Long-Focus] Lens, For Remote Curriculum Engagement
Now Online! Launched in the fall of 2019, LENS invites educators from all disciplinary backgrounds to develop with us critical and creative learning experiences based on your course and your pedagogical goals. [Long-Focus] LENS is our answer to 2020's flexible-instruction needs, translating visual and archival learning to an online context. Options for remote engagement with CCP resources include but are not limited to the following:
- Synchronic classroom visits via Zoom or other remote-engagement platforms;
- Asynchronic, pre-recorded interviews or overviews;
- Digital package of online learning tools;
- Digital print viewings, self-guided or CCP educator guided;
- Web-based project collaboration.
LENS, For In-Person Curriculum Engagement [Temporarily Suspended]
LENS is the CCP's new initiative in expanding photographic education. It aims to generate space for collective inquiry and inclusive, integrative learning models through visual and archival materials. We invite educators from all disciplinary backgrounds to develop with us critical and creative learning experiences based on your course and your pedagogical goals.
We ask that educators submit a LENS request form no later than September 09, 2019 for the fall semester and January 27, 2020 for the spring semester. Ideally, we would like to collaborate with you at the same time you are planning the course syllabus, in order to optimize the experience for you, your students, and your curriculum. For questions, please reach out to Associate Curator, Dr. Meg Jackson Fox, at JacksonFoxM@ccp.arizona.edu.
Here is some information to consider as you brainstorm options for your class:
- Print Viewings - We have a designated space in which a smaller group of students can view prints and other items from the CCP's collection. There are over eight million archival objects in the Center's collection, including negatives, work prints, contact sheets, albums, scrapbooks, correspondences, writings, audovisual materials and memorabilia. All told, we currently house more than 90,000 works by over 2,200 photographers.
- Exhibition Tours - We can tailor our guided tours to the needs and interests of your class, including building in time for written activities and reflection. See also information guided and self-guided tours.
- Class Visits and Presentations - CCP staff can be available to give presentations to your class on a variety of topics, including but not limited to visual analysis and media literacy, history and art, primary research and archives, and photographic studies, practices, and technologies.
- Encounters with Museum Professionals - We can arrange for short presentations and Q&As with museum professionals, from archivists and conservators to curators and librarians.
- Applied Educational Activities - It may be possible to design an activity to be carried out at the CCP, in your classroom, or elsewhere on campus. Check back in the future for digital learning projects and opportunities.