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Online learning in Internships Dr Sharon Peoples
Internships at the ANU • National Museum of Australia • National Gallery of Australia • Australian War Memorial • National Archives of Australia • National Library of Australia • Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House • National Portrait Gallery • National Film and Sound Archive • Canberra Museum and Art Gallery • Internships within ANU
Internships outside Canberra in 2010 • Melbourne Museum • Victorian Police Museum • Kakadu National Park (3 students) • B’ula B’ula Arts Centre Ramingining, NT • Australia Museum, Sydney • Powerhouse Museum, Sydney • Kiandra, Snowy Mountains NSW (2 students)
Internships create a clear nexus between higher education providers and the museum sector, and act as a crucial integrative force, reflecting and reinforcing the frequent movement of museum professionals into academia and vice versa. • The Interface: Not Two, But Three Partners • Host Institution or collecting agency • Higher Education institutions • Student
Educational designing with flexibility, constructivism and reflection in mind • Flexibility to accommodate regional, national or international placements • Constructive alignment across all educational elements ie outcomes, activities and assessment ( Biggs 1999) • Guidelines for workplace supervisors to educational issues related to informal learning and professional competence (Chivers & Cheetham 2005) • Attention to ongoing three-way communication and reflection (ie between intern, workplace supervisor, and university internship co-ordinator) • Structured, guided reflective practice (Moon1999)
Learning Paradigms • Little research into learning processes occurring in internships • Natural cross-over from formal learning of higher education to the experiential learning (Boud 1993) and informal learning (Falk & Dierking 2000) • Reflective practices
Excerpt from student November 8, 2010 • Visual anthropologist student (with archeology background) • I used to hate that people would come and talk to me … but now I feel it is the greatest thing in all the world … the people in the NT are really interesting, everyone has a great story, and even if it isn’t a great story, it’s a story about them after all, and it makes you step outside your little box and see the world from someone else’s point of view.
New Tools • Remodeled wiki tool for reflective journal – a constant point of contact. Try to keep all communication on one platform • moving from Wiki to Dialogue in 2011 • Use Forum if numbers continue increase • Voice podcaster • Other technologies that museums are using – authentic tasks – Twitter