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Museums and Interactive Virtual Learning

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ISBN 9781032124964
April 13, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
192 Pages 69 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Museums and Interactive Virtual Learning provides informal educators with practical resources that will help them to build dynamic digital engagement experiences within their own cultural organizations.

Presenting vignettes from experienced museum educators and end users, as well as scientific data and practical resources, the book highlights the mutual benefits interactive virtual learning (IVL) programs offer to the museum and those visiting from a distance. Chapters mirror the step-by-step process of developing reputable IVL programs and emphasize how important it is for cultural organizations to encourage cross-departmental collaboration, if they wish to ensure that their programs align with the overall goals of the organization. Providing a thorough overview of the technologies, budget, marketing and staff requirements, the authors offer a realistic depiction of the work involved in building content for digital engagement. Emphasising the importance of assessing existing programming, the book shows how institutions can adapt content to fit a virtual format and create inclusive digital engagement opportunities that reach local, national, and international audiences.

Museums and Interactive Virtual Learning is an essential guide for professionals who are tasked with interpreting the content of a cultural organization and building lasting digital engagement opportunities. It will be particularly useful to those looking to reach diverse audiences.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The History & Practice of Interactive Virtual Learning in Museums;  2. The Market and Audience for IVL in Museums;  3. IVL Broadcast Environments Physical and Virtual Setups;  4. IVL Program Creation;  5. Staffing and Scheduling;  6. Marketing IVL Programs;  7. Funding and Budgeting for the IVL Initiative;  8. Connecting to Diverse Audiences;  9. How Virtual Experiences can Impact Learning

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Allyson Mitchell is Assistant Director of Virtual Programs at University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology. Throughout her professional career, she has focused on how technology acts as a bridge to connect formal and informal educational spaces. Prior to joining the Penn Museum, Mitchell held several positions within museums where she designed new IVL broadcast environments and supporting programs.

Tami Moehring currently works at the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) where she provides support, training and mentoring to Content Providers. Before CILC Tami worked in Museum Education including the creative team that launched the Minnesota Historical Society's award winning Interactive Virtual Learning (IVL) program. Tami has presented at various conferences about the benefits of IVL.

Janet Zanetis is an educator and university administrator. She spent 20 years in K-12 and Higher Education. Then she worked 10 years in the corporate sector. In 2015 she began her current role at the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration. Janet’s expertise is the application of video technologies. She has written for education journals and has co-authored three books.