You Have Been Assigned to Fail
We’ll discuss fear, failure, and technology this week. Together, we will create a list of websites, apps, and services that awesome museums and libraries have launched. We’ll collaboratively design an digital environment assessment. You will need to discover, research, and present to the class two projects that you feel are good examples of technology in museums and libraries.
We'll discuss learning and approaches for facilitating it in digital environments. We’ll review facilitation techniques and practice them in class and on professional museum and library community websites, networks, and hashtags. We will form small groups and brainstorm topics and pre-existing communities we can explore these topics with between classes. We’ll share examples of what happened as a result of our efforts with the class.
It's Time to Quit
We'll brainstorm things that we feel museums, libraries, and graduate schools should quit doing, team up to make a case for these things, and pitch them to the class.
The Sky's the Limit
We will listen to interviews with several professionals from museums, libraries, and tech talk about their work. We will take collective notes on Post-its and team-up around big questions we have as a result of our notes. These teams/questions will become our digital projects. We will brainstorm what happens when our projects go exceedingly well and pitch that scenario to win prizes.
EXPERIENCE DESIGN AND NARRATIVE
This week we will use two resources, the Digital Experiment Canvas and the Digital Experiment Narrative, to further develop our projects. We'll spend in-class and potentially in-between-class time developing these ideas and stories. Each class will be divided into two parts: the first half will be to brainstorm together as a team and the second half will be to pitch to the class for feedback in the kudos/concerns/questions model.
EXPERIMENT prototype I
This week you will launch your experiment and any formative evaluations. Teams will use class time to co-work or to go to museums, libraries, or around campus where you need to be to conduct your experiment. We will debrief and brainstorm adjustments for next week.
Experiment prototype II
This week you will modify your experiment based on data received last week. Teams will use class time to co-work or to go to museums, libraries, or around campus where you need to be to conduct your experiment. We will debrief and brainstorm adjustments for next week.
experiment prototype III
This week you will modify your experiment based on data received in the prior two weeks. Teams will use class time to co-work or to go to museums, libraries, or around campus where you need to be to conduct your experiment. We will debrief and conduct our summative evaluations.
Your experiments wrap up this week. We’ll debrief them with each other in team-based presentations and revisit our intentions to take risks with technology and see how our projects evolved throughout the experiment life cycle.
You will prepare and present your failure portfolio — i.e. what you’ve learned about failure, learning, museums, libraries, people, each other, and yourself through your digital experiment and teamwork. The format of your failure portfolio can be an essay or blog post, an art project or handout, a powerpoint, a website, or something else you imagine. On the last day, we’ll celebrate our work with a last words exercise and plan how we'll use the reflective practices we've worked on over the last ten weeks.