Co-curation in the classroom: networked learning and digital participation in North East England

Lloyd, K. (2016) Co-curation in the classroom: networked learning and digital participation in North East England. Historic Environment, 28(2), pp. 70-83.

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Digital tools that allow ‘mashups’ of institutional and community-held heritage materials have enabled the creation of place-specific digital resources that provide opportunities for networked learning and the co-production of local knowledge. In this paper, I draw on participatory action research undertaken with a High School in the North East of England in the co-design of Co-Curate, a collaborative digital space where ‘official’ museum, library and archive collections are displayed alongside community material such as oral histories, photographs and films. Users can draw on existing resources or upload their own materials to share their stories of the North East. As a hybrid of the public and private spheres, virtual spaces such as these offer significant opportunities for the democratization of heritage, by not only increasing access to private and public collections, but also enabling multiple perspectives that expand our understanding of heritage and place. Drawing on insights gained into the needs, motivations and experiences of young people, teachers and museum staff, I highlight the shifting dynamics between museums and ‘learner-participants’ in the digital age and identify some of the key challenges for the role of museums in the creation of democratic, shared virtual spaces for intergenerational collaborative learning.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lloyd, Dr Katherine
Authors: Lloyd, K.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Information Studies
Journal Name:Historic Environment
Publisher:Council for the Historic Environment

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