• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Museum and Collection
  • Areas of interest History, Museums and Collections, Arts, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sharon Peoples
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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This online, self-paced course gives students the opportunity to learn about learning in museums and heritage sites. Through an overview of the educational and learning contexts of a wide range of Australian and international museums and heritage sites, students will be guided into developing analytical, synthetic and evaluative skills that allow them to observe, assess, design and implement educational exhibitions/programs in museum and heritage settings. Students will also be guided into experiential investigations of local or virtual museum/heritage settings, and contact with professionals in those settings. It is based on action learning and is divided into seven modules which examine learning theories, critical pedagogy, audiences, curriculums and policies, practices of learning and evaluations of learning in museums and heritage sites.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the scope and characteristics of the different types of learning that occurs in museums and heritage sites (on-site and virtually), including early childhood and school learning, adult learning, lifelong learning, family learning and community learning, and give examples of exemplary exhibitions/programs.
  • Evaluate theories of learning relevant to museum and heritage sites and be able to situate those theories within the context of public and school exhibitions/programs.
  • Demonstrate the conceptual and analytical skills to engage a variety of audiences in appropriate learning in the museum/heritage context by planning and implementing cost-effective learning/interpretive exhibitions/programs, including with relation to school curricula, open-air sites, indigenous communities and/or using relevant technologies where appropriate  
  • Plan and implement a cost-effective evaluation strategy for a learning program.

Indicative Assessment

In keeping with the flexible learning and professional development context of this program, assessment tasks will be tailored to suit individual students’ needs and interests. In general, however, assessment is expected to include:

  • Online discussion of theoretical concepts (10%; 800-1000 words)
  • Learning journal to demonstrate reflective practice in engaging with observed programs/exhibitions (20%; 1000 words).
  • Authentic audience observation/interview/survey exercises (institution of student’s choice) (25%; 1500 words, or equivalent as digital presentation)
  • Digital presentation demonstrating a creative response to an educational concept (20%; 3-5 minutes finished product)
  • Plan for an educational exhibition or program demonstrating the capacity to synthesise and apply theoretical and practical content relevant to the course (25%; 1500 words, or equivalent as digital presentation)

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Workload

Students are expected to spend approximately 120 hours on this course, working through self-paced modules, contributing to online discussions and completing the assessment tasks.

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3170 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 Online N/A

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