Art Museum E-Learning Resources Designed for Education Purposes: Current Approaches and User’s Responses

Dr Tiffany Shuang-Ching Lee3

3National Taiwan University of Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

With the invention of new technology, several major art museums world-wide have designed e-learning resources to support teaching and learning about museum collections off-site. As art museums are experimenting with more complex online educational functions and content, there is little research done to investigate users’ experiences and synthesize their suggestions on future design. This research aims to elucidate the current approaches of art museum e-learning resources, in terms of their educational functions and content and how school teachers might use these online materials. The e-learning resources of three art museums, the Metropolitan Museum, the Queensland Art Gallery, and the National Palace Museum will be surveyed and analyzed.  In addition, school teachers will be interviewed from users’ perspectives. The research findings can enhance our understanding of how educational principles, such as inquiry-based approach and interactive learning, have been applied. The findings will also elucidate how teachers may utilize these resources in classrooms and how the resources can be advanced in the future for teaching and learning purposes.


Biography

Tiffany Shuang-Ching Lee (Harvard Ed.M.; Columbia Ed.D.) is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities Instruction at the National Taiwan University of Arts. Her research interests include museum education, children and adolescent artistic development, and art curriculum development and design.

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