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The Role of the Campus Museum in an Age of Distributed Education (Repost from Future of Museums Blog)

The Role of the Campus Museum in an Age of Distributed Education

The “future of the campus museum” discussion continues with this guest post by Rebecca Nagy, director of the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors and President of the Florida Art Museum Directors Association. Rebecca takes on one of the questions I posed to encourage conversation on the future of the campus museum.
In her initial blog post about the “Campus Art Museums in the 21st Century” report, Elizabeth asked:  “With education increasingly unbundled and distributed, what is the role of museums in creating a sense of place?”
It’s a good question and one that academic museums take seriously, particularly as learning becomes increasingly diffused and digital. With an explosion of online course offerings, many students take classes from the comfort of home at any time of day or night, while others study at satellite campuses or in programs abroad. It’s hard to feel relevant to this cohort of students and it begs a question that stems from Elizabeth’s: Is it important that students experience works of art in person at the museum, or can a virtual experience be equally enriching?
All kinds of museums are grappling with that question and we’re racing to keep up with evolving technologies and the expectations of our audiences. At academic museums we know that students—digital natives—want immediate access to digital images and information on collections, exhibitions and other goings-on.  But will putting more art and information online actually motivate our students to visit their campus museums for meaningful, firsthand experiences of original works of art?
We know people crave authentic first-hand experiences, often in the company of crowds. We know they eschew early voting to experience democracy in action in line on Election Day, shell out big bucks to see favorite musicians on stage, and flock to Broadway to experience live theater. So, other than required class visits and assignments, what draws students to our museums? Although some seek solitary encounters with works of art, for most a greater attraction seems to be the excitement of gathering with friends, the chance to look, share ideas and interpretations, play, laugh, and experience art together. Facebook and Twitter notwithstanding, this kind of interactive experience is not replicated online. All the same, to appeal to students from a range of backgrounds and areas of study, we have to loosen up, be less stuffy, and relinquish some curatorial authority over how art is presented and interpreted. We need to let them participate and get them excited about art and museums during their college years. This way we can inspire them to be life-long museum-goers and arts advocates.
In a conversation of several museum and art administrators at the University of Florida earlier this month, we analyzed statistics showing that engineering students attend visual and performing arts events in greater numbers than students from any other academic discipline. Here at the Harn Museum of Art a recent Art in Engineering night brought out 792 people to celebrate the creativity of engineering students and faculty. They sang, danced, fashioned games for children and showcased their paintings, photographs, race cars, robots and other engineering projects. The engagement of engineers with the arts on campus reflects their inherent interest in creative endeavors. However, their full-on involvement with the museum and other arts venues is encouraged and facilitated by Dean of Engineering Cammy Abernathy, who had art history courses in college and says they changed her life. She and other faculty in her college get it. They know their students’ experiences of visual and performing arts ignite their creativity, leading to better engineering solutions and to products that have aesthetic appeal in a competitive global arena. They want to put the STEAM in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, and Math).
The Harn also has the full support of the University of Florida administration. Last year, we received a great new opportunity to reach students from all academic programs in a common freshman humanities course called “What is the Good Life?” Now more than 7,000 freshmen each year spend time at the Harn grappling with some of the fundamental questions of existence through study of great works of art from around the world. We’re getting them through the door for academic work and they’re coming back for fun, to share experiences with their friends and participate in programming.

Thinking back to those far-flung students accessing images and information about our collections online, they may not be able to visit the art museum on campus all the time. But, we can motivate them to visit other museums, galleries, sculpture gardens or public art installations wherever their studies and careers take them. Academic museums play a special role in shaping citizens who value the transformative power of the visual arts and the role of museums in making art accessible to everyone.


(Repost from http://futureofmuseums.blogspot.com.es/2012/11/the-role-of-campus-museum-in-age-of.html)

New Master in Design for All and Accessibility in Jaén (Spain)


This is the announcement of a new Master course in Design for All and Accessibility at the University of Jaén, in Southern Spain. The good news: The prize for this study program is also very accessible!


Nueva edición del Máster en Accesibilidad Universal y Diseño para Todos de la UJA

Gracias al acuerdo que comenzó el pasado año y que se ha vuelto a ratificar para esta segunda edición por Fundación ONCE, Fundación Repsol, Fundación Vodafone España y la Universidad de Jaén, este año se vuelve a celebrar el Máster en Accesibilidad Universal y Diseño para Todos.

El máster tienen 60 ECTS y cuenta con treinta y una plazas con un coste de 400 € por alumno, precio simbólico ya que el coste más elevado se asume gracias a la financiación de las tres fundaciones participantes. Además se dotará de dos medias becas de 200 €.

Este máster está dirigido a Arquitectos y Arquitectos Técnicos, Ingenieros de Caminos Canales y Puertos, Ingenieros Informáticos, Ingenieros Técnicos Industriales, Ingenieros e Ingenieros Técnicos de Obras Públicas, Licenciados en Economía, Administración y Dirección de Empresas o en Ciencias Empresariales, Licenciados en Psicopedagogía, Diplomados en Trabajo Social, Diplomados en Terapia Ocupacional, Turismo, Educación Social y Magisterio. También cuenta con la Mención en Accesibilidad en el Entorno Físico y la Mención en Accesibilidad en las Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación.

El plazo de prescripción es del 1 al 10 de noviembre y el de matrícula del 20 al 27 del mismo mes. Para la selección del alumnado prevalecerá en caso de mayor número de solicitudes que de plazas, la nota media del expediente, estar en paro y la motivación para hacer el máster expresado mediante una carta que se remitirá con la matricula.

Gracias al esfuerzo y trabajo de Yolanda Mª de la Fuente Robles, Catedrática EU Trabajo Social y Servicios Sociales de la UJA, ha sido posible una nueva edición de este Máser que forma a profesionales en Accesibilidad Universal, iniciativa muy necesaria e importante para trabajar desde la base del diseño en todos los ámbitos sociales. Desde el Periódico de la Accesibilidad La Ciudad Accesible, le queremos dar públicamente la enhorabuena por el gran trabajo que está haciendo para favorecer la formación especializada a los futuros profesionales del diseño.

Para más información académica podéis visitar el enlace de la Universidad de Jaén: http://viceees.ujaen.es/files_viceees/2118.pdf