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!
- 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