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Call for Papers: Digital Learning in Museums

15 March 17 -- jsuess

Choosing the right tools for the job

Partnership Event from the Oxford University Museums Partnership and the Digital Learning Network

Conference: 16 June 2017, Museum of Natural History, Delegate Fee £50 (free for speakers, discounted rate for DLNET members)

Museums and cultural organisations play a key role in the formal learning environment, offering engaging, ‘beyond the classroom’ learning experiences for primary, secondary FE and HE students. 

Increasingly museums are utilising digital tools to facilitate these formal learning experiences both to respond to an increasingly digital learning environment and enhance the learning experience. Digital is now a key component of wider learning strategies.

This one day conference will be devoted to digital learning in museums, with a particular focus on ‘formal learning’. The day aims to share insights and lessons from current work happening across he sector, but also discuss bigger questions around the role of digital in terms of learning strategies and sustainability.

Call for Papers

We would like to invite submissions from colleagues working in museums or cultural organisations to share digital learning experiences they have developed, discuss the process of developing or adopting tools, share insights and lessons learned, and discuss the role of digital in their learning strategies. Papers could focus on:

  • Examples of learning experiences with a digital element currently being delivered and reflections on the impact of digital within museum learning programmes;
  • Developing, adopting or adapting digital tools for learning, sharing thoughts on areas such as user needs research, content and technical development, usability testing, piloting and awareness raising, evaluation, future proofing and strategic thinking;
  • Sharing lessons and insights that will be useful to colleagues working across the sector such as insights into user needs, what you would (and wouldn’t) do next time on a project, unexpected issues (and triumphs), etc.

We are requesting session papers of approximately 20 minutes, but we are also interested in proposals for interactive sessions in a different format. We are also inviting proposals for a lightning talk session (PechaKucha style).

Proposals should be submitted online by midday on Monday 10 April 2017. Requested information will include:

  • Speaker(s) name
  • Speaker email address
  • Speaker job titles
  • Speaker organisation
  • Approximate size of organisation (to help us ensure we share examples from a variety of different organisations with different resource levels)
  • A working title for the paper
  • A short summary of the proposed paper (no more than 500 words for session talks; 200 words for lightning (PechaKucha) talks)
  • Any additional notes on session format (e.g. if you would like to do something interactive)

Successful papers will be chosen by a panel and you will be advices of the result by Friday 14 April 2017. Speakers will receive a free place at the conference; unfortunately we are unable to cover travel expenses.

Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday 19 April 2017.

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