Category: Videos

What Happened to the “Ant”? Planetariums in the Digital Age: Do They Still Work?

Derrick Pitts, Planetarium Director and Exhibit Developer, Franklin Institute Science Museum, delivers the 2012 Whitesell Lecture that considers the past, present and future of planetariums as theaters of space and time. Winter 2012. Just 25 years ago, planetariums were the theaters of time and...

Museum Exhibitions as the Public Commons

In this third lecture of the Reimagining Engagement series, Wayne LaBar, Vice President for Exhibitions and Featured Experiences, Liberty Science Center (Jersey City, NJ), discusses strategies for involving the public in developing exhibitions at the Liberty Science Center. Four years ago the Liberty Science...

Doing Science . . . Anytime, Anyplace: Using Web and Mobile Technologies to Support Nomadic Inquiry between Science Classrooms and Museums

In this second lecture of the Reimagining Engagement series, Christopher Quintana, Associate Professor of Education (Learning Technologies) at the University of Michigan, discusses how technology might be used to encourage scientific inquiry in museum contexts. Current national K-12 science education recommendations envision expanding beyond...

Materiality Matters: Experiencing the Displayed Object

A presentation by Sandra Dudley, Programme Director for the MA in Interpretation, Representation and Heritage, in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, in the 2010-11 Issues in Museum Studies lecture series. What happens when we engage with material things in...

The Participatory Museum: Inspiring, Supporting, and Evaluating Visitor Participation in Cultural Institutions

In this first lecture of the Reimagining Engagement series, Nina Simon, exhibition designer and author of the Museum 2.0 blog, discusses strategies for incorporating visitor participation into the work and life of the museum. In 2006, technologist Tim O’Reilly defined Web 2.0 as “software...