Museological Musings Heather Baba & Phil Cozens
Background Musings <ul><li>Conference Theme </li></ul><ul><li>MA Museum Studies </li></ul><ul><li>UAE Museum & Cultural Pr...
Aims <ul><li>Educational role of museums </li></ul><ul><li>Museum websites </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual museums </li></ul><ul...
What are Museums? <ul><li>‘ Museums enable people to explore collections for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. They are...
Learning Theories <ul><li>‘ A process of active engagement with experience. It is what people do when they want to make se...
Learning Theories <ul><li>Transmission theory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The teacher knows and will tell you </li></ul></ul><ul...
Educational Role of the Museum 1 <ul><li>In curricula </li></ul><ul><li>UK (integral …) </li></ul>
Educational Role of Museums 2 <ul><li>UAE – What roles do museums play? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Field trips </li></ul></ul><...
Educational Role of Museums 3 <ul><li>Your own children - Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access – home culture and history </l...
Museum Websites: Types <ul><li>Complimentary </li></ul><ul><li>Complementary </li></ul><ul><li>Completely Online – VMC </l...
Why Use Museum Websites? <ul><li>Accuracy and objectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural appropriacy </li></ul><ul><li>Search ...
21 st  Century Skills <ul><li>Communication Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Oral, written and multimedia </li></ul></ul><ul><...
Museum With No Frontiers <ul><li>Simple tasks to encourage critical thinking </li></ul>
A second task
Science Museum Animations
Children’s sites
Children’s Sites
British Museum
Cultural history
Modern Art
Facebook, You Tube & iTunes
 
The Future
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  1. 1. Museological Musings Heather Baba & Phil Cozens
  2. 2. Background Musings <ul><li>Conference Theme </li></ul><ul><li>MA Museum Studies </li></ul><ul><li>UAE Museum & Cultural Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Use of Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Learner Autonomy </li></ul>
  3. 3. Aims <ul><li>Educational role of museums </li></ul><ul><li>Museum websites </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual museums </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul>
  4. 4. What are Museums? <ul><li>‘ Museums enable people to explore collections for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. They are institutions that collect, safeguard and make accessible artifacts and specimens which they hold in trust for society’. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Museums Association, Code of Ethics, (London: Museums Association, 2008), (http://www.museumsassociation.org/asset_arena/text/ge/codeofethics_large.pdf, as of 25 November, 2008. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Learning Theories <ul><li>‘ A process of active engagement with experience. It is what people do when they want to make sense of the world. It may involve the development or deepening of skills, knowledge, understanding, awareness, values, ideas and feelings, or an increase in the capacity to reflect. Effective learning leads to change, development and the desire to learn more.’ </li></ul>
  6. 6. Learning Theories <ul><li>Transmission theory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The teacher knows and will tell you </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Constructivist theory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The student will learn by building knowledge </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Educational Role of the Museum 1 <ul><li>In curricula </li></ul><ul><li>UK (integral …) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Educational Role of Museums 2 <ul><li>UAE – What roles do museums play? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Field trips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Curricula support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problems </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Educational Role of Museums 3 <ul><li>Your own children - Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access – home culture and history </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distance </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Museum Websites: Types <ul><li>Complimentary </li></ul><ul><li>Complementary </li></ul><ul><li>Completely Online – VMC </li></ul>
  11. 11. Why Use Museum Websites? <ul><li>Accuracy and objectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural appropriacy </li></ul><ul><li>Search efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Visuals/graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Context, comparison and additional learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Learning styles </li></ul><ul><li>Potential for interaction and fun </li></ul>
  12. 12. 21 st Century Skills <ul><li>Communication Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Oral, written and multimedia </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking and Systems Thinking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Making choices and seeing interconnections </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information and Media Literacy Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyzing, accessing and creating media </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creative and Collaborative Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Implementing and collaborating on new ideas </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Museum With No Frontiers <ul><li>Simple tasks to encourage critical thinking </li></ul>
  14. 14. A second task
  15. 15. Science Museum Animations
  16. 16. Children’s sites
  17. 17. Children’s Sites
  18. 18. British Museum
  19. 19. Cultural history
  20. 20. Modern Art
  21. 21. Facebook, You Tube & iTunes
  22. 23. The Future

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