Sunday, 5 May 2013

Activity 25 Open Learning and Museums

Goodbye and Thank You

Well, it's all over. I have to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed this MOOC. It has allowed me to learn much more about the open educational resource movement and, even more importantly, has made me challenge some of my assumptions about museum learning and about open learning.

The final activity for the course was a video which was supposed to highlight some aspect of what we have learnt from the course and how we might apply it in our professional lives. Here it is. I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks to the Open University for running this course and many thanks to my fellow students for their invaluable feedback and comments. I learnt a lot from all of you. Let's keep in touch through Google+.


  1. It's interesting to see how people apply what they are learning in this course to their work. I'm just up the road from the Smithsonian and visited British Museum last fall so your post invokes good memories as well as raising questions about OERs and the evolving role of museums. Thanks for sharing

  2. I can see you are passionate about museum and learning! As an art educator in my previous career I feel that museums online make great virtual field trips. My students would have never had the chance of seeing these works of art had it not been for the virtual field trips to museums. I hope they continue to put more resources online and offer more -virtual museum collections.

    As Luis would say "Stay- E" :)

  3. Hello Colin, Blogger does that sometimes... eats comments, it particularly likes to eat +Luis comments.-:), but maybe a good thing as I watched some of your other videos and you are an author of many books, wow, Colin, that is really impressive. I have been a "museum rat" since primary school when I spent summers in DC visiting grandfather, I would go to the city, get dropped off, and roam the Smithsonian until picked up at the end of day, when older NYC's art museums and Chicago, but though I have been to UK several times never to a museum...another case for being online.
    But what I was writing about was your interest in cultural heritage. I saw an episode on "Disappearing Britain" describing the effect of the demise of the cotton(textile) industry in Oldham and the effect on Blackpool and seeing the parallel in Southeastern US. Then I saw the East Anglican steppers (your video) and it amazed me. I worked as a school psychologist in 1980's in Southern Appalachian Mountains and saw them doing the exact identical steps ( pacing and rhythm identical and very unique to that particular region of the Highlands of NC.

    The US has different regions settled by immigrants from different parts of Europe and Asia, but the East Coast (the Colony States-:)) especially outside of the major urban areas shares a very strong British (particularly English) heritage, while other regions of the US, not so much so. Major Urban areas not so much so.

    Sorry about the long comment, it grew whilst I was away.-:)

  4. Deborah, it's well known that the coastal counties of the East of England (Norfolk - where I live, Suffolk and Essex)provided many of the original settlers to the American colonies and were well-represented on the Mayflower.

    The American author Bill Bryson (who now lives in Norfolk) talks about the impact of this region of England on American history and culture so I'm not surprised that you've seen East Anglian step-dancing in some of the older settlements on the East coast.

    The American link with this area was strengthened during the Second World War when thousands of American troops and airmen were based here and their cultural impact still remains with us (e.g. we have one of the best American libraries in Britain and the East of England Jazz scene was one of the best in England). We have a photo in "Picture Post" of an old relative of mine playing the piano for American troops. According to the book "When Jim Crow Met John Bull" (which was about the experiences of black American soldiers in Britain)the American Army authorities insisted that there was segregation in our bars, cinemas and theatres. To our credit this request was completely ignored and all American troops were equally welcomed.

    You might like this short silent movie from 1944 when American troops became "Dad for the Day" to a group of local orphan boys at Christmas. An incredibly touching gesture when Britain was still suffering from the privations of a European war.

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