It looks like MOOCs are going to be the Next Big Thing, or at least a new big thing. Maybe just a thing. Now, before I go any further I’m going to explain what I’m going on about. A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course, and although they aren’t exactly a brand new concept, they have recently caused quite a buzz with the online museum community.
What sparked this buzz was a course offered for free (yes, you read that right) on FutureLearn. This course is Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum, a structured six-week class that explores different aspects of museum land and offers an overview of the role of the modern museum in today’s society.
It’s being offered by the School of Museum Studies at Leicester University and the many venues that make up National Museums Liverpool. Now, anyone who has had any contact with museums professionally would have come into contact with Leicester’s Museum Studies department; either looking at the courses or their job board.
The Museums in Liverpool are fantastic, well the Museum of Liverpool is, the rest are still on my list.
It’s great that we can get a bit of CPD for free, although I think we have to pay for a certificate (but hey, it wouldn’t be the most expensive piece of paper I’ve ever purchased). A Museums Studies course is something that I often think about going on, but finding the time and (let’s face it) the money is often problematic. As this is only 2 hours a week for 6 weeks -and did I mention free? – it should be very do-able.
I can’t wait to get cracking on it.
There are loads of courses offered for free online, and I’ve signed up for a couple offered by MoMA too. Looks like I’m going to be very busy for a while!