By Josh Yavelberg, PhD

While Flying Cloud Solutions had not yet been publicly established, Frederick and I had been busy with a variety of projects and contracts associated with Flying Cloud Solutions, LLC. One such project that I have been actively working on is, begun in 2014 in support of research I had been doing within the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) within the discipline of art history instruction in higher education.

The project started in an effort to develop a community of practice (CoP) for art historians interested in improving their instructional strategies and researching on their findings. The site also supports an art history open educational resource (OER) wiki that was begun to facilitate the transition to fully OER courses at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) allowing instructors from any university to contribute to and maintain the resources for the common art history survey course. 

The site was begun at the same time as a similar group with funding out of City University of New York (CUNY) began with similar objectives. Their group, Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR), has developed a strong community of practice and now a peer reviewed journal that supports SoTL for art history instruction. With the market being small, I then decommissioned the community element to and focused on the site as a location to disseminate research that I continue to conduct within that discipline. 

Presently the site hosts some blog posts and links to my dissertation, the art history survey OER wiki, and several journal articles and conference presentations that I have conducted. This is an area of continued personal interest that I look to expand on and am currently investigating several topic areas for research including educational games, threshold concepts, and critical thinking. I am currently in the process of seeking funding and continuing partnerships with higher education institutions to further this agenda.