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In Summer 2020, the BCMA and Heritage BC embarked on the joint research project “Future Perfect: Developing Effective Models for Digital, Physical, and Blended Conferences” funded by Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund.
Through Future Perfect, we sought to create a comprehensive framework for a new breed of digital conferences which are more accessible, more affordable, and minimize the digital divide that impedes communities with less access to high-speed internet from participating fully online. This new framework can be adopted by other disciplines, such as performing and visual arts organizations that present and share knowledge through conferences, and other events. This project will assess existing online collaboration tools, video conferencing and cloud-based information repositories and how they could be integrated or used to deliver an excellent equivalent conference experience. We will also gather information and input on what makes digital engagement and participating worthwhile for speakers and participants. And we will explore behavioural dimensions of the use of digital tools for work during this pandemic to learn what the persistent behaviours might be beyond the present crisis.
The project is ongoing but we will update this toolkit as resources and findings from our research become available.
Tools available for download:
Learning with Objects: How to create object-based activities at your museum – includes four ready-to-go activity plans (BCMA Tool, 2019)
Toolbox for Museum School Programs (Nova Scotia Museums Association, 2016)
Excellence in Practice: Museum Education Principles and Standards (American Alliance of Museums, 2005)
Building the Future of Education: Museums and the Learning Ecosystem (Center for the Future of Museums, 2014)