Morgan, C. L. (2012). Emancipatory Digital Archaeology (Summary)

This chapter from Morgan’s dissertation provides a historical background of understanding of digital artifacts in the field of archaeology. As Morgan points out, artifacts in digital form are too often considered to be ephemeral representations of tangible artifacts. This perspective does little to provide a deep understanding of digital artifacts as actual artifacts in their … Continue reading Morgan, C. L. (2012). Emancipatory Digital Archaeology (Summary)

Zaharias, P., Michael, D., & Chrysanthou, Y. (2013). Learning through Multi-touch Interfaces in Museum Exhibits: An Empirical Investigation (Summary)

This study sought to compare the experiences of student experiences of museum tours in different forms. They studied a group of students who went through traditional guided museum tours and another group who did a virtual museum tour on a touch-based application.  Their goal was to assess both the learning outcomes of each mode of … Continue reading Zaharias, P., Michael, D., & Chrysanthou, Y. (2013). Learning through Multi-touch Interfaces in Museum Exhibits: An Empirical Investigation (Summary)

Christensen, J. R. (2011). Four steps in the history of museum technologies and visitors’ digital participation (Summary)

In this article, Christensen traces the history of curation toward digital participation. They assert that exhibited objects are in dialogue with their surrounding paratexts. In this discussion, Christensen draws from examples of the Bode Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Dr. Johnson’s House to present four steps of museum technology history. The four steps … Continue reading Christensen, J. R. (2011). Four steps in the history of museum technologies and visitors’ digital participation (Summary)

Preliminary Proposal for An Online Virtual Museum Collection

I put this proposal together as part of my final coursework for my Master's Degree in Applied Anthropology. The original proposal was developed for a specific museum, but I reworked it a tad to be more broadly applicable. Introduction Virtual collections require special considerations apart from their physical form. Although some consider a virtual collection … Continue reading Preliminary Proposal for An Online Virtual Museum Collection

Interpretive Poster Activity for Archaeology Courses

Assignment: You have been the lead archaeological researcher at a site for years, but a recent decrease in tourism has severely threatened your funding. In an effort to promote new visitors and attract funding, the site management team has decided to produce an advertisement campaign. You are each responsible for creating a travel poster with … Continue reading Interpretive Poster Activity for Archaeology Courses

How to Market History with Social Media

The Charleston Museum was the first museum in the U.S., opening in 1824. Since the 19th Century, museums have advanced in archival, storage and exhibition techniques. Yet the experience many museums offer to visitors is still severely outdated, especially in an age of ever-expanding digital technology. How Visitors Experience Museums The museum experience is extremely … Continue reading How to Market History with Social Media

Using Social Media to Increase Your Museum’s Reach

Long before Google's Arts & Culture App went viral when people realized they could upload their selfies to be matched to historical paintings, the app existed to share great works of art with the masses. Certainly, the sensational nature of the matching feature has increased traffic and usage of the app -- and, that makes … Continue reading Using Social Media to Increase Your Museum’s Reach

3 Way Museum Visitors Are Consumers of the Past

The museum of a generation ago is changing. While you may remember a passive museum experience, where you quietly browsed the galleries while learning as much as you could from an expert, the museum of today offers an active experience that has turned visitors from passive consumers of information to active consumers of the past. … Continue reading 3 Way Museum Visitors Are Consumers of the Past

Augmented Reality Enhancing Museum Exhibits Across the Globe

You may remember the release and subsequent popularity of the Pokemon Go up that sparked a widespread interest in the use of augmented reality (AR) to enhance the user experience. One place that Augmented reality is really taking off is in museum exhibits, not just in the United States but throughout the world. This increase … Continue reading Augmented Reality Enhancing Museum Exhibits Across the Globe