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ERIC Number: ED482085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 11
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"Beyond Museum Walls"--A Critical Analysis of Emerging Approaches to Museum Web-Based Education.
Sumption, Kevin
The most ubiquitous of contemporary interactive multimedia (IMM), the Internet, is making steady progress as an interpretive tool within museums.However, its major impact is being felt beyond museum walls. As an outreach agent, the Internet has captivated many museums and particularly their educators. As a communication medium, the Internet allows museum educators to enter the homes and schools of students without their ever needing to visit the museum. Some museum education products try to simulate the spatial and social experience of visiting a museum. However, this approach is just one of many resource "types" educators have deployed as they grapple with the promise and reality of on-line education. This paper explores why and how museums are using the Internet for education outreach, as well as the diversity of emerging on-line education expressions. It also reviews current research into the unique interface, navigation and content preferences of various learners and discusses best practice teaching and learning strategies to help museum educators develop more effective on-line educational resources. (Author/AEF)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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