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. 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. 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 or younger 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'll be presenting on Crystal Bridges Museum: Student and Teacher Online Learning at the New Media Consortium Summer Conference on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Bring a laptop or tablet and experience a dynamic, interactive exploration of the two semester-long Crystal Bridges online courses — Art Appreciation: American Identity through the Arts and Art+Process: Creating a Body of Work.

Both courses use custom tools including digital portfolios, a 3D gallery for curating and hanging exhibits, and a visual art discussion environment. Courses and facilitated online professional development are free for qualified instructors. This session will be a hands-on learning experience for participants interested in learning how the courses were designed and how they can be used by educational organizations.

If you are not at the conference, follow the Tweets at #NMC17.

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.