History of Still Photo

PHOT 530 Online • Mt. San Jacinto College 

Michelle Pacansky-Brock
This is an 8-week fully online class that begins on January 17, 2023.

Please view this 2-minute video to get started. 

Welcome! I'm Michelle Pacansky-Brock and I will be your online instructor for the History of Still Photography. Please take 2-minutes to view my video and learn a little about me. And then explore the rest of this page to get prepared for week one.

I'll see you online! 


Pronouns: she/her/hers
You are welcome to call me Michelle or Professor Pacansky-Brock.

How This Course Works

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My Commitment to You

I recognize that this is an especially stressful time to be a student. COVID-19, more visible racial injustices, mass shootings, war, inflation, and political climate shifts have added significant stress and trauma to our lives, some more than others. Our lives may feel heavier and, in turn, you are likely coping with a lot more than you might even realize. These stressors affect your ability to process information and manage your learning -- that's a fact! The way you feel informs your ability to learn. Give yourself grace as you try your best. I am committed to being flexible throughout this course to support you towards your academic success. I am your partner on this journey. I will support you, guide you, believe in you and challenge you. Let's lean in together and do this. 

View this video to hear advice my past students have left for you.

My Teaching Philosophy

I believe everyone is capable of learning and the differences each person brings into a course enrich the learning of the group. Each person learns at a unique rhythm, which is precisely why I love online classes! Unlike a live classroom, asynchronous (delayed) online environments, like ours, provide you with the luxury of thinking and reflecting before you engage. They create a seat at the table for everyone. They also enable us to use the world as our classroom. I design my courses to showcase and celebrate the diversity of the members of our learning community and to encourage each of student to connect our course content to their own life.  

Our Pact

What you can expect from me:

What I will expect from you:

Equity Statement

Everyone is welcome here and everyone can learn and do well in this class. I have done my best to remove the guesswork from your learning and make it memorable for you. I will invite you to share your own histories and experiences with photography and build upon that knowledge. 

In this class, all of us will share about our lives (including me). Through this sharing, we will build trust with one another and learn from our differences. This is a brave space. We are not here to be perfect. We will make mistakes. We are here to learn. 

Week 1 Success Kit

Online courses move quickly and getting off to a good start is the best way to prepare yourself for success. Read this page carefully and you'll have all you need to start this course on the right foot.

Week 1 Suggested Success Plan - you got this! Tuesday: Log-in, view the video on the homepage, and click Start Here to begin the Orientation module. Wednesday: Due - Getting to Know You Survey (MSJC Check-in), Agree to Our Pact. Thursday: Take a break or keep on going, your choice! Friday: What I Value VoiceThread. Saturday and Sunday: Finish reading the pages included in the Orientation module. Or take a break if you've already completed it! Monday: Orientation Quiz , What I Value Replies, and Pick Your Grade Bundle are due.

Due Dates for Week One

Wed, January 18 at 11:59pm PT 

Friday, January 20 at 11:59pm PM PT  

Monday, January 23 at 11:59pm PT

Success Tip! Get started on the hands-on activity: Create a Camera Obscura - due at the end of Week 2. 

Michelle's 7 Tips for Success

I design my class to ensure that all students can succeed. I believe in you!

You'll have more opportunities to be successful if you follow these tips:

How to Get Your Questions Answered

Need individual help or guidance with our class?

I am here for you! I prefer that you contact me through the Canvas inbox. But you can also reach me at mbrock@msjc.edu.

Have a general course-related question?

Use the Student Lounge Discussion.

Need assistance/help that is not specific to our course?

Visit MSJC's Student Hub