Collections Trust CEO Nick Poole investigates Smarthistory, the new US-based phenomenon that is opening up art history to millions of online learners via the Khan Academy.
Ask Dr Steven Zucker and Dr Beth Harris where they got the idea for Smarthistory (tagline “Art. History. Conversation”) and they are characteristically modest, “It started quite humbly. We couldn’t get our students to read their art history textbooks. We needed a better way to inspire a conversation about art.”
Fast forward four years, and Smarthistory is part of a new generation of massively open educational platforms, offering access to more than 500 instructional videos about art and art history, used by millions of learners.