Each module included background information on the topic and the related aspect of visual culture, recommendations for further reading, slide carousels with additional works of art from the Harvard Art Museum as well as other sources, an assignment (requiring close viewing and analysis of a work of art), and notes for the teaching staff. The modules were designed to serve as the basis for a section or short paper assignment but were also made flexible enough for easy adaptation for other uses, including assigned reading and viewing, or student self-study.
The glossary was built in Flash, and integrated into a standard course web site. The Flash application read data from XML files to generate the lists of words, then played audio files referenced by the XML. Terms could be accessed via links in the course website or through the glossary itself.