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Thursday, November 5 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
"Digital Learning" in Museums: New or Passing Trend?

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Many museums have formed “Digital Learning” departments within their institution. Managers of new and more established digital learning groups at four museums, the American Museum of Natural History, the John G. Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, and the Minnesota Historical Society, will explore the goals of forming these groups.

Questions explored will be: What IS “Digital Learning”? Why form a “Digital Learning” department? What advantages to such groups provide to museums and their audiences? How do these groups fit within their larger institutions?The panel will explore how new “digital learning” experiences actually use “digital” components to extend and connect with the physical. Examples include using the virtual to bridge two different physical locations such as museum spaces and the classroom. The digital is also used to connect people traditionally inaccessible to each other bridging content experts to students, creating citizen scientists. Or, how digital design and 3D printers can create physical objects.

Ultimately, the group will explore how the digital and the physical combine to create 21st century learning experiences for young people and people of all ages.

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Eve Gaus

Digital Learning Manager, The Field Museum
Eve Gaus is the digital learning manager at The Field Museum in Chicago, where she manages the Museum’s diverse digital learning portfolio. With a background in library and information science, Eve is interested in inquiry based learning and developing community through mobile engagement... Read More →
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Barry Joseph

Principal, Barry Joseph Consulting
Barry Joseph is a successful and innovative digital strategist with over 15 years in the museum space, 20 in education and in game design, and 25 in emerging media. Co-founder of Games for Change, Emoti-con, and Hive NYC. He knows a thing or two about seltzer. And Girl Scout Cookies... Read More →
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Heather Schneider

Assistant Director of Learning Programs, John G. Shedd Aquarium
Heather started her career at Shedd Aquarium as a student and teacher programs educator in 2002. Her path at Shedd also included the coordination of student, youth, family and adult programs within Shedd's Learning department. She has most recently managed Shedd's Digital Learning... Read More →

Jennifer Sly

Manager, Minnesota Historical Society
Jennifer Sly leads the new Digital Learning and Assessment group at the Minnesota Historical Society. Other projects she has led are the Play the Past and “Reinventing the Field Trip for the 21st Century” projects.  For the past 15 years, Jennifer has worked at the intersection... Read More →

Thursday November 5, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Great Lakes A2 Hyatt Regency Minneapolis 1300 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55403

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