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Jane Devine Mejia

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Talk presented as part of Creating Online Exhibitions on 2 Nov 09 at the British Museum, run by the E-Learning Group for Museums, Libraries and Archives

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Jane Devine Mejia

  1. 1. Online Exhibitions and Archives:<br />An Immersive Experience for Design Students<br />Jane Devine Mejia<br /> 2 November 2009<br />
  2. 2. CETLD partners: collections and higher education(2005-2010)<br />
  3. 3. Online Exhibition Project goals<br />to learn from best practice and existing research about online exhibitions and HE art & design audiences;<br />to design a sustainable online exhibition learning site;<br />to find effective ways of engaging design students and tutors with archives, particularly those in practice-based disciplines;<br />
  4. 4. Models of best practice: inviting user involvement<br />
  5. 5. Democratising curatorship: myVirtualGallery<br />
  6. 6. 2 Willow Road: Ernö Goldfinger, architectA modernist house and its archive<br />
  7. 7. Jalbum Fotoplayer: an open source solution<br />Images courtesy of the Royal Institute of British Architects British Architectural Library and the University of Brighton Design Archives<br />Web album software: www.fotoplayer.com<br />
  8. 8. An immersive experience for undergraduate design students<br />Visiting, documenting, exploring archives, blogging, creative practice<br />
  9. 9. Undergraduate design students: an audience profile<br />Predominantly female ( 70%+)<br />Ages 18-25 <br />Dyslexia is significant factor for 21-35%<br />Makers, not writers<br />Proficient in use of social media<br />No experience with archives<br />
  10. 10. Observations<br />Academic vs. social networks<br />Blogging (or not): image vs. text<br />Recalling the physical: encouraging reflective practice<br />
  11. 11. Participatory Online Exhibitions: ElggCommunity@Brighton<br />
  12. 12. Closing Remarks<br />Web 2.0 sites such as Flickr and Creative Spaces encourage self-directed exploration and participation – online exhibitions need to incorporate these concepts<br />Don’t be afraid to experiment , take risks and even make mistakes: the benefit of Web 2.0 tools is flexibility and collaborative learning<br />Consider partnering with an HE institution to develop content and build reusable learning resources as part of your online exhibition<br />

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