What's New at Crystal Bridges Online Learning?

Apply today for the Crystal Bridges Online Scholar Program, a competitive, all-expense-paid program for educators to learn how to teach using the Crystal Bridges’ online courses and digital resources. The program invites accepted applicants to participate in an innovative four-week online teacher training course during the summer of 2017. Participants will explore the pedagogy in teaching from works of art, understand the instructional design behind the courses, and learn how to use the online tools that are a part of the courses.

Each weekly session consists of 4–6 hours of activities such as watching videos, participating in online discussions with other educators in the course, and planning how you will use the course content in your school or organization. Participants can work at their own pace each week (and even work ahead if necessary due to their summer schedule). If you are interesting in receiving graduate credit for the online professional development, view our graduate credit information page.

Once trained, accepted teachers will be licensed to access the course(s) at no charge within their school or community. The courses can be taught in fully online, blended, or face-to-face classroom settings. The courses are designed for high school students but can be used with older learners. To apply, fill out the Crystal Bridges Online Scholar Program Application.

Download the Online Scholar Program brochure to share with your colleagues. If you have any questions about the application process, email us at

We enjoyed presenting at the 2017 NAEA National Convention in New York City. During the session, we shared about the innovative Crystal Bridges online courses and participants heard from a high school teacher who has been teaching these courses. The session was led by:

  • Anne Kraybill, Director of Education and Research Learning, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
  • Diana Garrison, High School Art Instructor, Virtual Arkansas
  • Kirsten Peterson, Director, EdTech Leaders Online at EDC
  • Erin Earnst, Project Director, EdTech Leaders Online at EDC

Download our slideshow from this session HERE.

Are you looking for a way to tap into the power of immersive reality to help your students curate an art exhibit online? Would you like to find a way to help your students improve their ability to look closely at works of art? Are you interested in implementing a blended learning model in your high school art classes?

In celebration of Digital Learning Day, we held an interactive webinar “Innovation in Arts Education,” where we explored these questions and more! View the webinar recording and download the presentation slides HERE.

The webinar features the two new online courses developed by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Online Scholar Program. During this hour-long webinar, you'll hear from a panel of art educators who have been teaching with the Crystal Bridges online courses. You’ll also hear from Anne Kraybill, director of education and research in learning for Crystal Bridges, and Kirsten Peterson, director of EDC’s EdTech Leaders Online, who helped develop the courses.