Teaching Methods in the Virtual Museum
Museums are invaluable sites to learn through close encounters with material objects. Physically present, we get a sense of their scale, texture, weight, color, material, making process, and more. However, recent guidelines for remote learning have posed a challenge for the way we might experience objects in the museum. What does it mean to “visit” the museum virtually? And what kinds of online technologies might we now use to learn from objects in new ways?
This workshop will demonstrate hands-on approaches to strategies and tools for virtual object-based pedagogy. In addition to Zoom, we will explore two additional platforms that offer alternative methods for students to experience objects through close-looking and engage in conversation beyond breakout rooms.
This workshop is presented by the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry at the Smart Museum of Art and led by Gary Kafer, Academic Engagement Graduate Intern and Ph.D. candidate in Cinema and Media Studies. The program is designed for faculty, instructors, and graduate students as well as museum educators.
This program will include automated live closed captioning via Zoom, however, one of the platforms modeled cannot be captioned. To better experience, one of the alternative platforms participants are encouraged to bring headphones.
Thumbnail Image: Screenshot of an online teaching platform, showing a detail of Sonja Alhäuser, Flying Feast, 2012, Ink and gouache on wove paper with metal grommets. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Purchase, The Paul and Miriam Kirkley Fund for Acquisitions, 2012.31.