Jumbo Perks: Lynda.com

LyndaFor years Tufts Technology Services held a small number of monthly licenses to Lynda.com—an encyclopedic self-paced digital learning library. Now the entire Tufts community has unlimited access to this robust technical training library with just their Tufts username and password.

One of my favorite things about Tufts is finding out about all of the resources we have access to as graduate students. Both on-campus and online, our student status opens the door to far more tools and opportunities than we have time to utilize. As you make priorities for this school year, I encourage you to check out the new access we all have to Lynda.com.

One example of the site’s usefulness is a course I am working through called Instructional Design Essentials. In the segment “Getting to Know the Subject Matter Expert,” Lynda.com provides segmented video instruction regarding best practices of collaboration between content experts and educators, and also guides students through each stage of the process, from preparing for the kick-off meeting through wrapping up the final deliverables. It even includes pre- and post-content quizzes and downloadable charts and outlines ready to be customized to a specific project.

Already an instructional design pro? What about Google Analytics, Photoshop, HTML, or Project Management? Take time now to pick a few playlists that specifically connect to your own 3-6 month goals and schedule in this personal development time.

What tools are you most excited to learn?

Alternatively, if you have trained with Lynda.com or a similar site, do you have any tips for making the most of these resources?

Tufts Art Gallery: Fall Exhibitions

As of Thursday, September 10th, the fall exhibitions at the Tufts University Art Gallery are open to the public! The public reception is Thursday, September 17th from 5:00-7:30 in Remis Sculpture Court.



Installation view of Shahzia Sikander’s Parallax. Photo by the Tufts University Art Gallery.

The upstairs Tisch Gallery again features a multi-media installation, this time by internationally-recognized artist Shahzia Sikander (b. 1969, Pakistan). Her immersive animation Parallax, with music and sound by composer Du Yun, was conceived in the United Arab Emirates and first appearing at the Sharjah Biennale in 2013. Related paintings, drawings, and photographs are also included in the Tufts exhibition.


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Installation view of Last Folio. Photo by the Tufts University Art Gallery.

Downstairs, the Koppelman Family Gallery features Last Folio, a part of international commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II with previous displays at the United Nations in New York, the National Library of Germany in Berlin, the Mark Rothko Museum in Latvia, and the New Museum of Tolerance in Moscow. Canadian-Slovakian photographer Yuri Dojc teamed with British media producer Katya Krausova and a documentary film team to document their travels to abandoned Jewish spaces in present-day Slovakia. Last Folio features photographs on paper and large sheets that create a contemplative environment.


Detail of Sophia Ainslie (MFA 2001). Ainslie's seven-panel mural, In Person—574. Photo by the Tufts University Art Gallery.
Detail of Sophia Ainslie’s seven-panel mural, In Person—574. Photo by the Tufts University Art Gallery.

The exhibition in Remis Sculpture Court explores the creation and installation of a monumental site-specific art commission for the new Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex at 574 Boston Avenue on Tufts’ main Medford campus by Boston-based artist and Tufts alum Sophia Ainslie (MFA 2001). The displays feature original paintings, materials, and photographs from the creation of her seven-panel mural, In Person—574.


Calling All Writers!

Now that fall is starting to get under way (sorry to say), we’d like to put out a call for any students or museum professionals who might want to write a guest post for this blog! Whether you have a vague idea of a topic you are interested in, you have something already written and are looking for a place to make it public, or you’re somewhere in between, we’d love to hear from you! You are also more than welcome to take something you have written for class and transform it into a post. You do not need to be a professional writer to contribute to the blog – Jess and I are happy to help with editing. From one time posts to recurring series, we are open to ideas.

If this sounds like something you are interested in, please email Colleen and Jess, your trusty co-editors, at tuftsmuseumblog[at]gmail[dot]com.

Welcome New Museum Studies Students!

Last night was the orientation for the incoming Museum Studies students. Jess and I tagged along to meet them all and to talk about the blog, and we are so excited about the newcomers! There are a lot of intelligent, enthusiastic and passionate people coming in to the program. There is a wide variety of interests and experiences, which will lead to some captivating guest posts.

We heard from Cynthia Robinson, the director of the program, and many of the Tufts professors (most of whom are working in museums as their day job) about their plans for their courses. There have been some changes to the courses since last semester, so check them out here if you haven’t had a chance to take a look. It definitely made me wish I could take more than four courses a semester!

A portion of the new students listen to Cynthia Robinson, director of the program, as she discusses internship opportunities

A portion of the new students listen to Cynthia Robinson, director of the program, as she discusses internship opportunities

We wish everyone the best of luck with the new semester! We’re both here and available to talk about the blog, about Tufts, or about life in general. If you’d like to post something (or many things!) on the blog you can contact us at tufts.museum.blog@gmail.com – we’d love to hear from you! Remember that you can submit papers that you’ve written for class or reviews of museums that you are already going to in your free time.


Good luck this fall!

Colleen & Jess

Announcing the exhibit “F O C U S Experiments in Photographic Interpretation”

It’s that time of year again! The Exhibition Planning class is debuting a new exhibit.

There are as many ways to react to a photograph as there are people viewing it. Focus: Experiments in Photographic Interpretation, hosted by the Tufts University Art Gallery, explores the power of photography and curation to prompt personal responses in viewers. Curated by graduate students in the Tufts University Museum Studies program, the exhibition will be open to the public from Tuesday, May 5 through Sunday, May 17, 2015. A public opening reception will take place on May 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M.

On display are twelve distinct experiments in curatorial interpretation. Each student selected a photograph from the collection of Historic New England to use as inspiration. The photographs depict scenes of New England life from the turn of the 19th century. Subjects range from nature to technological innovation to family relationships. The exhibition featuring Construction of the Beacon Hill Tunnel, by Paul Rowell, chronicles the history of Boston’s public transportation system and its role in the daily life of the city. Kit with Her Mother, by Alfred Wayland Cutting, celebrates the universal experience of aging, while Baldwin Coolidge’s The Wreck of the Warren Sawyer explores the encounter between a person and the sublime.

Various interpretive lenses—personal, historical, intellectual, aesthetic, empathetic—invite viewers to consider the power of photographic imagery and how curatorial decisions impact the visitor experience.

The Tufts Museum Studies Program, a collaborative effort of the education, art history, and history departments, trains students in the preservation, administration, and education skills required to work in museum and historic settings. The Exhibition Planning class, which produces an exhibition at the Gallery each year, teaches students how to take an exhibition from concept through opening.

About Historic New England

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most

comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. Historic

New England shares the region’s history through vast collections,

publications, programs, historic properties, archives, and family

stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England.

Visit HistoricNewEngland.org.

About the Tufts University Art Gallery

The Gallery’s mission is to animate the intellectual life of the greater

university community through exhibitions and programs that explore new,

global perspectives on art and art discourse. The Gallery is open to the public

and fully accessible. Admission is free, with a $3 suggested donation. Hours

are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. and Thursdays 11 A.M. to 8

P.M. Free event parking is available in the lot behind the Aidekman Arts

Center, off Lower Campus Road. During regular visitor hours, there are free

parking spots in the Gallery parking lot.