Welcome!

Welcome to the Beloit College Intro to Museum Studies Class Blog!

This will be the home of student posts, reviews, discussions, as well as comments and occasional posts by the professor (myself, Gwen Kelly).  Below are the instructions for how this blog will operate, and what you/the students are expected to do.

Goals: 

The blog for this course is intended to be an extension of and preparation for in-class discussions.  It is also a way to share the results of our projects, internet searches, and academic research, with each other, and with the wider community of Museum-auteurs.

Structure: 

The class will be broken up into three groups, A, B, and C, and each week you will rotate through different roles in contributing the class blog. Each week you will be either writer, editor, or commenter on blog posts. The deadlines are as follows:

Monday: Completed draft posts, on the subject for that week (by the group listed on the syllabus).

Wednesday: Completed edits and published posts.

Friday: Commenting group will read and reply to the published posts with thoughtful comments.

You will rotate through different roles in contributing the class blog. Each week you will be either writer, editor, or commenter on blog posts.

  • As writer you will be asked to do one of several kinds of blog posts, of around 500-1000 words:
  1. Critical reading response – an essay responding to some selection of the assigned readings for that week. What do the authors argue? How do they differ in their approach to the issues? What evidence and/or arguments do they use to support their position? What position do you take?
  2. Museum Exhibit Observation and Critique – an observational and critical essay based on your own visit to a museum exhibit.  Of all of the aspects, of display, informational plaques, audio-visual materials, community engagement, visitor experience and so on, what was done well in the exhibit, what was done poorly, and what would you do differently, and how?
  3. Review of an Online Resource – This may be a museum website, or other website dedicated to some aspect of ‘public’ history/archaeology etc., and/or ‘digital’ history/archaeology/humanities, etc., these might include blogs, home pages of researchers, research institutions, podcasts, youtube channels etc. You will consider how effectively these online/digital resources communicate with the public? Considering the same kinds of questions we evaluate for museums, how do these online resources compare? How would you change or improve the digital experience?
  4. Topic of your choosing – You must check with Prof. Kelly
  • As editor you will be required to read, edit, and revise (and work with the authors to revise) one of the week’s blog posts.
    • Things to read for include the coherence and structure, as well as spelling, grammar and punctuation.
    • For minor edits including spelling, grammar and punctuation, or word insertions and deletions, you as editor should make such changes yourself.
    • For content-related revisions,
  • As commenter you will be required to read and reflect on the posts of that week, and write a brief and thoughtful comment on each, of approximately 100-300 words.

Grades:

Your participation in the blog (in all three capacities) is worth a total of 25% of your grade. Each week you will earn a potential of 10 points, this is the same whether you are a writer, editor, or commenter.

Rubric: 

We will work together to develop the grading rubric for each role, to establish what will constitute the criteria which will be used to evaluate the blog contributions, and assign grades.

 

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