Participated in a panel session called Transformations in Experiential and Cultural Learning at the recent 2010 American Association of Museums (AAM) Annual Conference. Here's the gist of my talk including relevant links.
The AAM Conference session, Transformations in Cultural and Experiential Learning, explored transformations in museum learning and communication that are supported by web-based learning resources. Key points included the role of the museum website as a platform for information exchange by teachers, and as a learning environment that creates opportunities for deeper learning by contextualizing and interrelating objects.
Here's my Powerpoint notes from my talk titled, The Museum’s new website: transforming educational audiences.
“The use of the internet will inevitably change museums. ... The change when it comes, will not be merely technological but at it’s core philosophical.” Elaine Huemann Gurian, 2010, p.95.
Why Web 2.0?
It’s where our visitors are: 71% of visitors to AM have Facebook account
Web 1.0 - access to information
Web 2.0 - access to people
(Seely Brown and Adler, 2008)
The web is a social space, supporting social learning and collaboration.
Research studies undertaken for Museum's new website
Found that a website needs to:
Biomaps study 2006
Findings are reported here.
Why a new website?
Goals for new website
Found that they identified the following trends for their practice:
Museum learning and how people use the web have the same underlying principles
Free-choice learning is “... self-directed, voluntary, and guided by individual needs and interests - learning that we will engage in throughout our lives.” (Falk and Dierking, 2002).
Meaningful learning is based on choice, control; challenge and collaboration (Paris, 1997).
Visitors and learning (Kelly, 2007):
More notes and commentary on this session (and others) can be found on Twitter via hashtag #aam10