I presented the theory and modeling behind my practical learning model the MOOCseum to an energetic and excited group of museum practitioners at the Museum Computer Network in Montreal on November 23, 2013. Despite three separate issues with linking my computer to the projector (somewhat cursed these past two presentations), I kept on-point with the presentation, and feedback was not only well-received but unique to practical issues, important for me as both a scholar as well as a practitioner.
I recorded the audio of the session; apologies for the first 30 seconds of slide issues, but the audio is a serviceable compendium to the slides.
— Mairin Kerr (@Mairin_) November 23, 2013
When the Weisman Museum declined to move forward with the MOOCseum project as tied into Pepperdine’s Boundless Horizons opportunity, I decided to make this presentation a DIY about bringing MOOCs to small and moderate-sized museums, which would have been a rather formal and technical discussion about platforms and instructional design. Upon engaging the museums of MCN at the conference, I saw an excitement about MOOCs that lacked the characteristics (and cynicism) in the education sector. I also saw interest from all museum shapes, sorts and sizes. I think the shift was important for the conference, but I now also see the need for a primer on MOOCs for museums: what are MOOCs, why are they a good fit for museums, how can a museum build one of their own, and what are the obstacles and opportunities that will come in the development. I told Mairin and several others who retweeted the request that I would work on a leaflet, but I think to do this right it needs to be slightly more substantial, a research-grounded pamphlet.
So I will get to work. Museum folks, what do you want to know about MOOCs, whether you should offer one, and how you would go about doing it? Education people, what can we not forget to add?