Museum Computer Network (MCN) 2012
Seattle, Wa November 8, 2012
Educator or Edupunk? Shifting Roles for Museum Educators Embracing Disruptive Technologies
Moderator: Rosanna Flouty
Director of Education, Art21
This session identifies disruptive technologies in technology-based, experimental museum spaces as an evolved practice in museum education. The goal of this panel is to address ways to proactively identify and serve new audiences, and underlines how museum education departments are well-positioned to lead a radical charge for technology-based, informal learning, both online and offline.
Resisting non-productive or alarmist charges against the backdrop of the national education system in crisis, three museum-based case studies from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and two others will demonstrate how radical practice within museum education are provoking revised terms for defining outreach, community, and audience through disruptive technologies.
Session Description: (500 words)
Traditional ‘programming’ and informal ‘community outlets’ have indeed broadened, deepened and diversified audiences in museums. The field must now consider new strategies for engaging audiences with increased expectations as informal learners, both online and offline. As traditional museum educators mine the spectrum between formalized and informalized education, a new breed of museum educators are inspired by open-source/DIY/crowd-sourced initiatives, and motivated by “edupunk” methodologies that upturn traditional museum education practices beyond K-12 school visits through disruptive technologies. These include, but are not limited to: on-site laboratory spaces, online courses, expansive social media programming, and community-based practices to reach audiences that rarely otherwise visit museums.
Three case studies explore issues of shifting perspectives on visitor identity and internal advocacy for experimental learning spaces, and also chart new territory for museum education as a vital and critical force for institutional change.
Sarah Kennedy, Associate Educator, Lab Programs (MoMA)
Sandra Jackson-DuMont, Kayla Skinner Deputy Director for Education + Public Programs/Adjunct Curator (SAM)
Ryan Hill, Director of Digital Learning Programs, ARTLAB+, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden