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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 PhD 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.

**NOTE: This program is full. To join the waitlist, please fill out registration information here and you will be notified day-of whether space allows. Please email Berit Ness ( with any questions.**

Jan 21, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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