Learning Modules

Check out Museum Learning Hub online training modules. Whatever your level of experience, there’s something for everyone.

 

 

 

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About our modules

A new module will be introduced each month with an introductory session. After the introductory webinar, technical training workshops are offered. These are nuts-and-bolts sessions. All webinars are broadcast live. Session recordings and transcripts are available on the webinar event page following the live event.

We offer free, downloadable toolkits for each module!

Stand-alone sessions and modules

You can watch individual sessions or get the full experience by watching the complete module. Our first ten live learning modules are focused on digital media and technology topics. Each module features an introductory session by museum professionals, followed by three technical training workshops taught by subject-matter experts. 

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Get Inspired

Digital Accessibility and Inclusion: Get Inspired

Beginner Level: This introductory session will bring together staff of small museums to share their approach to ensuring that their digital projects are accessible and inclusive of people with disabilities.

Presenters: Robin Marquis, The Peale, Baltimore; Katy Menne, North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport; Meredith Peruzzi, National Deaf Life Museum

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TEchnical Workshop 1

Intro to Digital Accessibility and Inclusion

Beginner Level: The first workshop in the Digital Accessibility and Inclusion module will be an introduction to best practices for a wide range of digital projects including web and social media.

Presenters: Sina Bahram and Corey Timpson, Prime Access Consulting

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TEchnical Workshop 2

Live/Streamed Program Accessibility

Intermediate Level: The second workshop in the series focuses on how small museums can ensure that live-streamed and video programs are accessible to and inclusive of individuals of all abilities. 

Presenters: Sina Bahram, Ana Chiaretta Lavatelli, and Corey Timpson; Prime Access Consulting

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Technical Workshop 3

Accessibility in Digital Collections

Advanced Level: The final  workshop goes in-depth about accessibility and digital collections. From the time an object is acquired, cataloged, entered in the database, to when and how it is published online.

Presenters: Sina Bahram and Corey Timpson, Prime Access Consulting

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Get inspired

Live Streaming: Get Inspired

Beginner Level: Seeking inspiration to tackle a live streamed event or virtual tour? In this intro session, museum staff give examples of live virtual programs, tours, and events with small budgets and basic tech tools. 

Presenters: Ross Stanton Jordan, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and Kristi McMillan, Asheville Art Museum

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TEchnical Workshop 1

Introduction to Live Streaming

Beginner Level: The first workshop in Module 2 focuses on tools, technologies, and tips for one-way live streamed broadcasts and will lay the groundwork for more advanced streaming practices.

Presenter: David London, The Peale, Baltimore

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TEchnical Workshop 2

 Audience Participation in Live Streaming

Intermediate Level: The second workshop in Module 2 will address technologies and tools that enhance audience participation and interaction in live-streamed programming. 

Presenter: Alex Freeman, Texas Association of Museums

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Technical Workshop 3

Live Streaming with Multi-Source Content

Advanced Level: Check out a deep-dive into streaming virtual programs using multi-source content. Learn tools to manage multi-layered presentations using live production software to combine pre-recorded media and live presenters, including sign language interpreters.

Presenter: David London, The Peale, Baltimore

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 Managing Digitization Projects: Get Inspired 

Beginner Level: Thinking about tackling a digitization project? Join this introductory session to hear from museum staff who successfully conceptualized, planned and implemented projects to expand the online presence of collections. 

Presenters: Ann Stegina, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska; Carolyne Hart, South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, South Dakota; and Taylor McKewon, South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, South Dakota

 

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TEchnical Workshop 1

Digitization Strategy and Purposes

Beginner Level: The first technical workshop in our June series will address the “why” and “who” of collections digitization projects – why your digitization project matters and to whom; the importance of defining your digital collection project’s purpose, audience, and interfaces.

Presenter: Dr. Rhonda D. Jones, The University of North Carolina-Greensboro

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TEchnical Workshop 2

 How to Manage a Digitization Project

Intermediate Level: Now that you know why, how: How do you plan a successful project, where do you start, how do you identify priorities? What should you include? Should you digitize in-house or use a vendor?

Presenter: Lindsey Richardson, Museum Person

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Technical Workshop 3

Imaging Standards and Logistics in Digitization Projects

Advanced Level: Let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of how to work with the resources you have to achieve your digitization goals. During Tech Workshop 3, we’ll take a look at equipment and space setups, etc. 

Presenter: Elizabeth Chiang, George Eastman Museum

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Get inspired

Get Inspired 

Beginner Level: Join this session to hear from museum professionals who have managed website projects through times of great change using teams of volunteers, in-house staff and community partners. 

Presenters: Cathy Saunders, Lighting the Way Coordinator, New Bedford Whaling Museum, and Dr. Fran Kaplan, Co-Founder, Nurturing Diversity Partners and consultant, America’s Black Holocaust Virtual Museum

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TEchnical Workshop 1

Plan for Success

Beginner Level: What do you need to get started with a website project? Drop in on this workshop to access easy-to-follow, step-by-step processes that include helpful guides and checklists for goal setting, project phases, and team-building…even if you are a staff of one.

Presenter: Despi Mayes, Founder & Lead Strategist, Bluebird, Indianapolis, IN

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TEchnical Workshop 2

Setting Content Priorities

Intermediate Level: Join this session to learn about methods to streamline content planning with helpful tracking tools. Plus, we’ll practice ways to identify content gaps, find creative ways to fill them, and explore innovative ways to tell stories online without breaking the budget. 

Presenter: Despi Mayes, Founder & Lead Strategist, Bluebird, Indianapolis, IN

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Technical Workshop 3

 Managing the Project

Advanced Level: Join us this week to get the inside scoop on how to manage technical resources with confidence. We’ll identify common pitfalls that derail web projects and how to prevent or solve them. Learn how to plan a successful website launch and tackle post-launch maintenance.

Presenter: Despi Mayes, Founder & Lead Strategist, Bluebird, Indianapolis, IN

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 Get Inspired

Beginner Level: Join this introductory session to hear from museum staff who successfully created online exhibitions. Get inspired by the curatorial possibilities of limitless virtual space and access!

Presenters: Meg Salocks, Director of Marketing and Engagement, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, and Matt Farah, Associate Curator / Exhibitions Coordinator, The Historic New Orleans Collection

 

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TEchnical Workshop 1

Strategies, Project Workflow and Efficient Design

Beginner Level: Join this technical session to better understand the methodological framework required to create a virtual exhibition as well as the philosophical challenges involved.

Presenter: Dr. Rene G. Cepeda, independent art historian and curator, Puebla, PU, Mexico

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TEchnical Workshop 2

  Web-Based Curatorial Approaches

Intermediate Level: Join this workshop to learn strategies for ensuring online curatorial practice is not lost in a myriad of technical issues. Experience demonstrations on WordPress and Squarespace, and learn about costs and benefits of using other content management systems (CMS) for online exhibitions.

Presenter: Adriel Luis, Curator of Digital and Emerging Practice, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Washington, DC

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Technical Workshop 3

Exhibition Design in Virtual Environments 

Advanced Level: Dr. Nettrice Gaskins will bring the perspectives of both the digital artist and digital curator to look at exhibition design in virtual environments. What are some design constraints when exhibiting two-dimensional works in three-dimensional virtual spaces? 

Presenter: Dr. Nettrice R. Gaskins , Digital Artist, Academic, and Cultural Critic, Boston, MA

Future Modules

An entire year of FREE broadcasts! Every week at 2:00pm (ET) and 11:00am (PT), we present a new session for museum professionals. Check out a list of future topics we’re covering:

  • September 2021: Podcasts
  • October 2021: Video Production Tools
  • November 2021: Audiences & Analytics
  • December 2021: Social Media
  • January 2022: Digitizing 3D Collections

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The Museum Learning Hub has programming for beginners up through advanced users.