Art class using WP header as dynamic gallery

Luke Waltzer over at the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, Baruch College, CUNY just turned me on to an awesome use of a WordPress blog in a course. Professor Zoë Sheehan Saldaña of the Fine and Performing Arts Department has her students sharing the resources they find online by way of a class blog. More than that, each student designed an animated, flash-based header for the blog as an assignment, so the actual class blog is now also a dynamic portfolio of the work the students are doing. What an awesome intersection of uses of this online space: sharing resources, publishing platform, collaborating on projects, and a class art gallery.

Click on the image above to be taken to the class blog, and click the refresh button to view the 20 flash-based headers designed by the students in the class.

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5 Responses to Art class using WP header as dynamic gallery

  1. Prof. Sheehan-Saldaña has been one of our pioneers at Baruch and we’re very proud of how she’s embraced blogs for her courses. Luke has done a tremendous job of “teaching her to fish” and I’m expecting nothing but sheer brilliance from here on in. We’re dubbing her our first “Blogfessor of the Month.”

  2. Brian says:

    This looks like the neoclassical theme – I’m trying to get past my aversion to reading code so I can figure out how to make that nifty rotating header work… This is good inspiration, thanks.

  3. Luke says:

    Brian: Neoclassical it is.

    Replace the code in rotating_images.php with this.

    FTR, this is Zoe’s code. I’m just glad to be supporting a faculty member intrepid enough to try this. Also, the movies now playing are placeholders; her students are working on more ornate/polished swfs for later on in the term.

  4. Andre Malan says:

    Perfect timing, I was presenting our plan for course blogs today and this class was a great example of the great potential of blog based courses!

  5. reverend says:


    Glad to be of service, especially given how good your blog has been to all of us these days 🙂

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