Learning fom Museum Collections through Cross-Cultural Technology-Assisted Interactions between Students and Source Communities
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In Anthrarc 497, students learn about transformations in museum practice that have resulted from changes in the relationship between anthropologists working in museums and the communities from which objects in museums were collected, called “source communities.” Underlying these changes is the recognition that by sharing information about museum collections both museums and source communities can gain a richer understanding of these objects. Throughout the semester, students conduct research on a museum collection for a course project. This project is a critical part of the learning experience because it enables students to applying theoretical knowledge in a real-world setting. To enrich the Anthrarc 497 course project, in the fall 2014 semester I will add several types of instructional and interactive technology, including a digital archive and videoconferencing. The integration of technology into the class project will enable students to share information about the museum collection with members of a source community and to interact with them directly. The use of videoconferencing in Anthrarc 497 also represents an early adaptation of this technology in a University of Michigan anthropology class.