Remote Access Museum Education: Next Steps in Moving Toward Constructivist and Inquiry-based Learning Online

By Susan E. Howlett.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Online offerings and resources of art museums have increased rapidly over the past years, with most art museums, regardless of size, having some online presence. The current online offerings tend to focus on digital warehousing of images and games. Many museums have actively increased the constructivist and inquiry-based learning aspects of their on-site education programs allowing learners to construct their own knowledge and form questions about a topic; rather than being passive learners. However, most museums have not yet incorporated those ideas in their online educational offerings. For this present day case study, art educators and art museum educators answered questionnaires and participated in an online discussion to find current usage of and possible next steps for online art museum offerings. Most participants agreed that constructivist and inquiry-based learning theories are appropriate for art education and would like to see them incorporated in online museum education offerings. Roadblocks, possible next steps and suggestions for what this might look like are discussed; as well as real world problems facing both the classroom art educator and the art museum educator.

Keywords: Constructivist Learning, Inquiry-based Learning, Art Education, Art Museum Education, Online Learning, Art Museum Online Education

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 885.477KB).

Susan E. Howlett

Teacher, Byrd Elementary School, Department of Defense Dependants Schools, Yokohama, Japan

Susan Howlett is an elementary art and gifted education teacher. She earned her Master’s degree in School Administration from Michigan State University in the Fall of 2007. As a teacher overseas, Susan continually looks for ways to enhance her teaching and her students’ learning by using new technology and resources. She is excited about the possibilities on the horizon for art museums to share, interact, and teach from a distance. In her spare time, she is always looking for ways to combine her love of the arts, the outdoors, and travel.


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