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Amanda Sikarskie is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Michigan State University and currently teaches museum studies at Western Michigan University. Her dissertation, Fiberspace, looks at the intersection of textiles, especially quilts, and Web 2.0. From 2008-2010, she was a research assistant at MATRIX, MSU’s digital humanities center, working on project development and social media for the Quilt Index, a digital repository providing access to images and metadata for over 50,000 quilts.
Saturday, March 26th, 2011 | sikarskie
University museum technology courses are one means by which college students make their way into the professional world of culturage heritage informatics. As a museum studies educator who has participated in two THAT Camps already, one topic that I wish had been discussed more is museum technology pedagogy.
I’d love to talk with other THAT Campers about balancing theory and practice in the university museum studies / museum technology classroom. Striking a balance for students between lecture and discussion and actually playing around with various technologies is a crucial tight-rope act that museum studies educators must perform. I would like to start a conversation to share my own experiences and to find out:
- what texts other folks are using,
- what technologies other educators are teaching or demoing in their museum studies classrooms,
- the balance they’re striking between traditional course texts and online texts such as blogs,
- the balance they’re striking between lecture / discussion and technology demos, etc.