What is distance learning?

Distance learning is a model for museum learning and interaction that engages learners or participants in one or more of the following ways:

a. outside of a traditional museum setting

b. via the use of technology

c. by expanding the reach of specific exhibits/facilitators across distances.

Distance learning makes a museum’s collections, programs, and resources more widely accessible and allows museums to reach a larger audience.

Throughout the next few weeks, we will introduce you to five methods that museums use to facilitate distance learning:

  1. Collaborative Learning
  2. In-Person Programs
  3. Virtual Interactive Programs
  4. Non-Interactive Media
  5. Virtual Exhibits and Walk-Throughs

We look forward to hearing your opinions of and experiences with museum distance learning and exploring museum examples with you.


2 thoughts on “What is distance learning?

  1. Looking forward to it! #techgeek

    There’s been such a huge shift this direction, especially for living history museums (unsurprisingly I’m thinking Williamsburg 😉 ) I did an internship with their Electronic Field Trips department back in undergrad when it was ramping up, and it was fascinating to see that transition.


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