Museums and the Web

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More talk about MOOCs and Museums

Over the course of the last 6 months or so, I have been reflecting, ruminating, and talking with friends about connections between MOOCs. museums, education, collaboration, gaming and more. Kind of a variation on the conspiracies, but in this case, a more social, collaborative, game and educational model.It’s really quite cool and exciting- all sorts of metaphors come to mind, such as an orchestra, where a bunch individuals, each playing their own instrument which by itself may be weird or the same, but always sounds better when it comes together with all these other individuals playing their own parts. MOOCs can be like that. But, to do so requires an understanding of two if the basic learning/educational ideas and theories: sage-on-the-stage or, the guide on the side. In other words, formal and informal learning.

Museum educators are great models of informal education. Museums instruct, engage, inspire and educate large and diverse communities of life-long learners. I have been thinking more and more about the confluence of the social nature of these communities with the way in which the web has influenced the creation communities- of communities of practice, interest, and learners. An individual can tap into a global network about anything that interests them, from the sacred to the mundane and everything between.

NEXT BLOG: Virtual spaces and communities (perhaps adding some new ideas to an ongoing conversation)