Accessibility Statement for Art and its global histories (A344)
Mode of study
All of this module’s study materials are online. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images, audio/video clips of 5 – 20 minutes long (all with transcripts); interactive media and self-assessment quizzes. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms. Printed materials are provided for the four module books only.
This module provides a range of learning events: face-to-face tutorials and a museum/gallery visit. Each face-to-face learning event has an online alternative; including an online discussion of images as an alternative to the museum/gallery visit. Although not compulsory, attendance at tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.
Working with others
You will be encouraged to work with other students. This includes looking at, and commenting on, others’ work, reflecting on others’ comments on your work, and/or working together with fellow learners on a project/task. You will use Open Design Studio at several points in your study of the module and this will enable you to collaborate with other students, for example by sharing images. Online forums will also help you exchange ideas with other students and module authors.
One of the learning events for this module is a museum/gallery visit, as viewing works of art at first hand is of key importance to the study of art history. An online discussion of images is provided as an alternative for students who are unable to participate in the museum/gallery visit.
Diagrams and other visual content
The study materials contain a considerable number of images. One of the aims of the module is to enable you to make critical comparisons between the works of art and texts related to them. One of the learning outcomes for this module is for students to develop their ability to exercise powers of visual discrimination by direct engagement with works of art. Blind and severely partially sighted students who have a background in art history gained whilst usefully sighted will be able to draw upon this experience.
Reproductions of works of art will be available in electronic format. Students will be able to magnify these reproductions within the limits of standard computer applications, but no textual descriptions or alternative formats of reproductions will be available and the use of a sighted assistant to interpret the works of art would conflict with the required learning outcome.
You may be required to search for, and make use of, third party material online as part of the independent study on the module, both in individual study weeks and also as part of working on the end of module assessment (EMA). It may be possible to provide alternatives for required/assessed research material to enable you to meet the Learning Outcomes of the module.
This module has five Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs), which must be submitted online via the OU electronic TMA system and an End-of-Module Assessment submitted online.
You will receive feedback from your tutor on your submitted Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs). This will help you to reflect on your TMA performance. You should refer to it to help you prepare for your next assignment.
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