INFO 284-14
Seminar in Archives and Records Management
Topic: Intepretive Exhibits and Programming in Non-traditonal Spaces
Fall 2015 Greensheet

G. Giglierano
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Other contact information: available for virtual meetings in Second Life 
Office location: Rocca Sorrentina Sim
Office Hours: evenings and weekends by appointment


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Course Description

This course will provide students with an introduction to the principles and processes that are essential in museum work, but which also can better equip other professionals including librarians and teachers to design and execute effective, high-quality interpretive exhibits and programming in a variety of spaces and situations. Utilizing both individual and team-based approaches on diverse platforms and “museum without walls” situations, students will interact with experienced museum professionals and educators, and gain experience in conducting project and program planning, assembling and organizing content, carrying out and applying research, organizing and interpreting images and artifacts within a thematic context, creating virtual prototypes, evaluating outcomes, working with varying levels of resources, and establishing collaborative frameworks.

Course content will be suitable and useful for students considering careers in museums and the public humanities, library science, and education. By the conclusion of the course, students will have participated in design and installation of a working example of an online exhibit, a virtual interpretive exhibit or living history environment, design and presentation of an online virtual interpretive program, or design and construction of a virtual prototype for a proposed exhibit in physical space.

Course Requirements

Assignments

  1. Report on an experience with an interpretive exhibit or program you felt was successful – CLO 4
  2. Report on a museum experience you felt was unsuccessful – CLO 4
  3. Draft a proposal for a library exhibit or public program that would be meaningful for the community you live in – CLO 1,2,4
  4. Identify a real world space that is meaningful to you and summarize the story it represents or the larger theme it illustrates – CLO 1,4
  5. describe in a short essay an experience that “transported” you in your imagination to a different time and place: either visiting a physical site, reading a book or watching a movie – CLO 4
  6. Compile a story that is important to you and provides insights into your community, your family or a situation that was meaningful to you – CLO 1,4
  7. visit either an exhibit or educational environment in SL or another 3-D platform and do a short review of the experience, or visit and review an online interpretive exhibit presented by a museum or archival institution – CLO 1,3,4
  8. identify and research an object or image that is meaningful to the student, and create a presentation on this artifact or image in the form of a basic sample online exhibit component – CLO 1,2,4
  9. choose a story or concept to explore and illustrate with a multi-component online exhibit (as a web page or on Youtube) or a virtual immersion exhibit or exhibit prototype to be created within Second Life (or similar 3-D online platform), and generate a brief proposal – CLO 1,2,4
  10. as a group, create thematic outline for project or program; develop schedule and assign tasks for team members – CLO 1,2,3
  11. incorporate feedback from experts – CLO 1,2,3,4
  12. try to incorporate testing procedures, and develop evaluation plan – CLO 1,2,3,4
  13. each student will write a paper describing their experience and view of the strengths and weaknesses of the program or project they worked on – CLO 1,4

Course Calendar

Week Topic/Activities Assignments/Projects
1 Course overview, introductions, and introduction to Museum Interpretive principles and processes

(view video lecture followed by asynchronous online discussion conducted through Canvas)
Assignment: Report on an experience with an interpretive exhibit or program you felt was successful
2 Discussion: The traditional Museum – strengths and weaknesses

Discussion of students' successful museum experiences, and why those experiences worked

(view video lecture followed by asynchronous online discussion conducted through Canvas)
Assignment: Report on a museum experience you felt was unsuccessful
3 Discussion: Finding New Venues for “public conversations” in the physical world such as libraries, or civic and community spaces

Discussion of students' unsuccessful experiences why they didn't work

(view video lecture followed by asynchronous online discussion conducted through Canvas)
Assignment: Draft a proposal for a library exhibit or public program that would be meaningful for the community you live in
4 Discussion of “Museums without Walls”, including the “city as museum”

Discussion of heritage and cultural tour content and delivery systems

Discussion of student draft proposals

(view video lecture follwoed by asynchronous online discussion conducted through Canvas)
Assignment: Identify a real world space that is meaningful to you and summarize the story it represents or the larger theme it illustrates
5 Discussion of “crossover” programming that incorporates theater, arts, and other disciplines to engage audiences – museum theater, storytelling, first person, living history, etc.

Discussion of students' “meaningful spaces”

(view video lwecture followed by asynchronous online discussion conducted through Canvas)
Assignment: describe in a short essay an experience that “transported” you in your imagination to a different time and place: either visiting a physical site, reading a book or watching a movie
6 Discussion of student essays: “Transported in time and place”

Discussion on the background of immersion environments in museums, and the potential for virtual immersive learning environments in online platforms

Discussion of the history and the power of good storytelling and consideration of what makes a “good story”

(optional exploration as a group in Second Life taking place in evening hours to accommodate student schedules, AND asynchronous online discussion for entire class conducted through Canvas)
Compile a story that is important to you and provides insights into your community, your family or a situation that was meaningful to you
7 Share story assignment (optional) and continue discussion of the importance and significance of stories

Discussion on immersion environments: presenting artifacts and images in a context; sharing of impressions by those who took optional visit to Second Life

(asynchronous online discussion conducted through Canvas)
Assignment: visit either an exhibit or educational environment in SL or another 3-D platform and do a short review of the experience, or visit and review an online interpretive exhibit presented by a museum or archival institution
8 Discussion of students' immersion environment and exhibit reviews

Discussion of construction and use of “online exhibits” including use of artifacts and images – telling a story with “more than words”

Exercise: choose an artifact or image from a sample group offered by the instructor, and briefly discuss what you think it represents or its significance; what might be the best venue to present this artifact or image to a general public audience?

(asynchronous online discussion conducted through Canvas and posting of student sample exhibit components on Canvas)
Identify and research an object or image that is meaningful to the student, and create a presentation on this artifact or image in the form of a basic sample online exhibit component
9 Review and discussion of students' online exhibit components

Discussion of the importance of balancing artifacts, images and storytelling in exhibits

(asynchronous online discussion conducted through Canvas)
Assignment: choose a story or concept to explore and illustrate with a multi-component online exhibit (as a web page or on Youtube) or a virtual immersion exhibit or exhibit prototype to be created within Second Life (or similar 3-D online platform), and generate a brief proposal
10 Review and discuss project proposals; vote on top 3 or 4 to execute; divide into project teams

(asynchronous online discussion conducted through Canvas)
Create thematic outline for project or program; develop schedule and assign tasks for team members
11 Review thematic outlines, schedules and assignments

Exercise: what challenges and opportunities do the other groups face?

(asynchronous online discussion conducted through Canvas; project team leaders may also schedule an optional progress report session with the instructor on the platform of their choice)
Continue working on projects and programs
12 Project progress review with panel of museum professionals and educators

(Optional live session in Blackboard Collaborate with session shared through Canvas, and asynchronous online discussion conducted through Canvas)
Continue working and incorporate feedback from experts
13 Discussion of challenges and benefits of collaboration; discussion of testing and evaluation

(view video lecture followed asynchronous online discussion conducted through Canvas)
Continue working – try to incorporate testing procedures, and develop evaluation plan
14 Initial version of projects go live to be viewed by instructor and other class project teams; discussion of prototyping and evaluation processes; teams provide feedback to each other

(information and links to projects will be shared through Canvas; feedback will be discussed asynchronously online through Canvas)
Incorporate changes or improvements based on evaluation and group feedback
15 Revised projects go live to be viewed by instructor and others, with general public and museum professionals also invited to view and offer feedback

(information and links to projects will be shared through Canvas; any feedback that is received will be posted and discussed online asynchronously through Canvas)
Each student will write a paper describing their experience and view of the strengths and weaknesses of the program or project they worked on
16 Summary and evaluation – Students will participate in discussion of what they learned or feel they still need to learn more about; course discussion and evaluation

(asynchronous online discussion conducted through Canvas)
 

Grading

  • grade is either "complete" or "incomplete" based on completion of assignemnts, contribution to discussions, and participation in group project

Other Relevant Information:

The key to this class will be the asynchonous discussions: students may not always have something to offer, but should be reading through each discussion thread and thinking about the points being raised and considered; if you do have a comment or question about something raised in a discussion, please be sure to post it as the quality of the discussion will be enhanced by your contributions.  If all your concnerns are covered by questons and comments of other students, please post some akcnowledgement in each thread that you have followed the discussion.

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204, other prerequisites may be added depending on content. 

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify, understand, and explain significant events through the balanced use of text, artifacts and images.
  2. Utilize the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, and organization of digital items and collections (e.g., selection of images, documents, text, and material culture artifacts that illustrate and support interpretation of content for various audiences).
  3. Demonstrate communication and collaboration skills necessary to carry out a team-based approach to creation of online exhibits online or a virtual immersion environment.
  4. Demonstrate communication skills necessary to develop and deliver professional presentations and interpretive content for various audiences.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 284 supports the following core competencies:

  1. D Apply the fundamental principles of planning, management, marketing, and advocacy.
  2. F Use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital information items.
  3. H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.
  4. M Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for professional work including collaboration and presentations.

Textbooks

No Textbooks For This Course.

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F

 

In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation.  You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student

As members of the academic community, students accept both the rights and responsibilities incumbent upon all members of the institution. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with SJSU's policies and practices pertaining to the procedures to follow if and when questions or concerns about a class arises. See University Policy S90-5 at http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S90-5.pdf. More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at http://info.sjsu.edu/web-dbgen/catalog/departments/LIS.html. In general, it is recommended that students begin by seeking clarification or discussing concerns with their instructor. If such conversation is not possible, or if it does not serve to address the issue, it is recommended that the student contact the Department Chair as a next step.

Dropping and Adding

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's Catalog Policies section at http://info.sjsu.edu/static/catalog/policies.html. Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at http://www.sjsu.edu/provost/services/academic_calendars/. The Late Drop Policy is available at http://www.sjsu.edu/aars/policies/latedrops/policy/. Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.

Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising Hub at http://www.sjsu.edu/advising/.

Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

University Policy S12-7, http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S12-7.pdf, requires students to obtain instructor's permission to record the course and the following items to be included in the syllabus:

  • "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
    • It is suggested that the syllabus include the instructor's process for granting permission, whether in writing or orally and whether for the whole semester or on a class by class basis.
    • In classes where active participation of students or guests may be on the recording, permission of those students or guests should be obtained as well.
  • "Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval. You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, or homework solutions without instructor consent."

Academic integrity

Your commitment, as a student, to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University Academic Integrity Policy F15-7 at http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/F15-7.pdf requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at http://www.sjsu.edu/studentconduct/.

Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 at http://www.sjsu.edu/president/docs/directives/PD_1997-03.pdf requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at http://www.sjsu.edu/aec to establish a record of their disability.

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