University: University of Alexandria

Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Department: Department of Greek and Roman Archaeology and Studies, Museum Studies Program, Professional Diploma

Course Description

1. Basic Information

Course code:

Course Title: Museums and New Technologies

Academic Program: Museum Studies Program, Professional Diploma in Museum Studies

Course Type:          Compulsory                                                   Elective   

Hours/week: 4     theoretical:  2     practical:  4

Credit Hours: 4

2. Course Aims

This course aims to:

a. Look for the most optimal way of integrating ICTs in museums from the public's point of view. How can new technologies serve the visitor in his approach to museum and heritage?

b. analyze how ICT can help the museum from the point of view of the research and the transmission of these (portals of diffusion of publications, participation in portals of collections ...)

c. Explore the added value of using ICTs from a communication point of view, particularly through the use of social networks. How to communicate? Who to communicate with? What to communicate?

d. develop a strategy to fight the obsolescence of certain practices / certain software

By the end of the course, the student should have become able to define a global ICT employment strategy by answering the questions what? Who? How?

3. Intended Learning Outcomes

a. Knowledge and Understanding

Establish a digital strategy.

Knowledge of existing tools.

b.Intellectual Skills

Ability to analyze the needs of a museum from an ICT point of view.

Questioning of a digital strategy to fight obsolescence.

Creating a professional network

a. Professional Skills

Ability to analyze the needs of a museum from an ICT point of view and to create a digital strategy.

Prioritize operations.

b. General & Transferable skills

Questioning of a strategy and create a new one.

    Prioritize operations.

Creating a professional network

4. Course Contents

Topics covered by this course include: practical cases of museums (Egyptian and non-Egyptian), identification of the digital strategy, analyzes of the digital strategy, creation of a new one.

5. Teaching and Learning Methods

The following techniques are usually used:

- Presentation of a museum

- How is the museum using ICT’s ?

- Discussion.

- Are the using of ICT’s transferable to other museums ?

- Connecting students with different sources of information

-Self-Learning activities : Présentation of a practical case and discussion about it

6. Teaching and Learning Methods for Students of Limited Capabilities

Special attention will be given to student if limited capabilities through a battery of steps including seating, facilitating interaction with students and tutors, mentoring, setting goals, giving extensions, providing extra-curricular help, assistance with reading and writing, positive support and encouragement, and motivation.

7. Students Assessment

a. Assessment methods

Participation in discussions and class activities, Exercises, quizzes, presentations involving readings, writing a synopsis, writing a critical review of readings, oral presentation in class, research team assignment and report writing

b. Assessment schedule and weight

Assessment

week

% of total mark

Exercises and quizzes

4

10%

Presentation

6

10%

Assignment

8

20%

Final Exam

15

60%

8. List of References

a. Core readings:

- As new technologies are under constant mutations it is really difficult to recommend some paper as they are very fast outdated.

b. Suggested readings:

 

c. Periodicals, websites, etc.

9. Course Matrix for Achievement of Intended Learning Outcomes

Topic

week

Knowledge & Understanding

Intellectual Skills

Professional Skills

General & Transferable Skills

practical cases of  Egyptian museums

1

x

x

x

x

practical cases of  non-Egyptian museums

2

x

x

x

x

Identification of the digital strategy, analyzes of the digital strategy, creation of a new one.

3

x

x

x

x

the most optimal way of integrating ICTs in museums from the public's point of view

4

 

 

 

 

The use of the new technologies to serve the visitor in his approach to museum

5

x

x

x

x

analyze how ICT can help the museum from the point of view of the research and the transmission of these (portals of diffusion of publications, participation in portals of collections ...)

6

 

 

 

 

Explore the added value of using ICTs from a communication point of view, particularly through the use of social networks

7

x

x

x

x

Practical case-study

8

 

 

 

 

develop a strategy to fight the obsolescence of certain practices / certain software

9

x

x

x

x

- Presentations and discussions about new technologies used in the museums up-to-date.

10

x

x

x

x

Which computer programs can propagate for the museums

11

x

x

x

x

 The use of the modern technology in the exhibition of the museum.

12

x

x

x

x

The role of modern technologies in facilitating the visitor visit.

13

x

x

x

x

How to communicate? Who to communicate with? What to communicate?

14

x

x

x

x

Final Exam

15