My second lot of quick notes from Stephen’s parallel session at the Museums Australia 2010 conference. Note – these have been cut and pasted from Twitter so are very brief!

Professor Stephen Heppell: Learning and technology Part 2 Museums Australia 2010 conference

  • Future - not learning from professionals but learning *with* professionals
  • need agile & small & flexible institutions o/wise someone else will takeover
  • power wheel has turned - death of education and birth of learning. Tear up word education on your business card!
  • in future crowdsourcing will be the norm
  • 'What I'm taking away...' video : what a great way to do an evaluation! Some quotes from it:"don’t have to wait for everyone to be onboard before you start" "stop telling, start asking" "just to it" "be brave and curious”
  • Next ten years is the most fun we'll have in our careers
  • don’t believe anyone who is interested in learning could not be part of the new digital learning revolution
  • playfulness - playful learning matters (and therefore museums need more playful & whimsical spaces??)
  • most students disappointed by museums. We need to be less directive and more surprising coz that's what life is
  • Heppell says people visit museums as a child, then as parent, then as grandparent. V&A study found students visited to keep warm
  • spaces for learning - promote collaboration and sharing, plenty of power sockets and wireless, comfortable & fun
  • Heppell says museums and galleries furniture design not good for learning (and most schools, universities too)
  • 'Lose a wall for learning' project - kids voted on which wall to lose and opened up their space
  • We shouldn’t be worried about the idea of short attention spans – kids are engaged and deep and immersed learners!
  • It is about trust and autonomy
  • Third millennium spaces have a rule of 3 – no more than three walls (always an open space), no fewer than three points of focus, able to accommodate at least three teachers, three classes
  • In response to question about how museums can build communities and sense of belonging in their spaces: he suggested using Facebook!
  • 'Shoes-off' spaces are becoming popular for learning - changes completely the tone of the space

Again, an inspiring and a great learning session - thanks @stephenheppell