Onsite Seminar

JHU Museum Studies Onsite Seminars January Intersession Seminars 2015 (460.610)

A two-week, intensive, period of on-ground museum study in Washington, DC, or in another location organized by the Museum Studies Program, is a required component for graduation. The seminar includes practicum opportunities in a variety of museum settings; conversations with local museum professionals; observation of and interaction with museum visitors; and class sessions to integrate the daily experiences. Using the rich diversity of museums in the Washington area or an equally suitable site, this course provides students with the chance to use what they have learned in their prior courses, develop networks with fellow students and museum experts, and explore the latest in museum practice, including exhibition design and development, public programming, collections management, conservation, and uses of technology in the museum. Students work on directed activities during the two-week period, and the museum visits during the seminars are very focused on the academic work being accomplished. Some seminars require preparatory work before the seminar and follow-up work after the seminar. Please read the descriptions carefully.

Academic Requirements:

Students must have completed a minimum of two courses in the program to register for this class, however four or more courses are recommended. (One of these courses must be 460.601 or 460.602). Requirements may vary for specific seminars, so please read the descriptions carefully. Registration preference will be given to those who are graduating.

Enrollment:

Most seminars require 14 people to register before they can run. Some seminars may require more than 14. Please read the specific seminar description carefully. (The maximum number of students for each seminar is 20.) If you need the seminar to graduate in that specific semester, please register early. Do not purchase plane tickets or make other investments in your trip until you hear that there are enough participants enrolled. All students will be notified.

Important Note:

Students are responsible for travel to and from the location, accommodations, and meals, as well as any specified field trip fees. The museum visits during the seminars are very focused on the academic work being accomplished. Please arrange to spend extra time before or after the seminar in the location if you wish to spend additional time at the museums.

January 2015: Seminar Locations and Dates

1. Washington, DC, Onsite Seminar (460.610.51)
Sunday, January 4 – Friday, January 16, 2015
More information below
14 students minimum to run this seminar
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2. San Diego, CA, Onsite Seminar (460.610.91)
Monday, January 5 – Friday, January 16, 2015
More information below
14 students minimum to run this seminar
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Washington, DC, Onsite Seminar (460.610.51)

Sunday, January 4 – Friday, January 16, 2015
*Please note, this seminar will begin on 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 4.

Course Description

The Future of Museums: Visionary Ideas for Visitor Engagement
Museums are continually challenged to remain relevant in an ever-changing world. Recent research cites the rise of new cultural expectations, changing demographics, shifts in technology and communication, and attention to green practices as some of the global trends to watch that will affect how museums plan for the future. In this seminar we will explore the challenges and opportunities that environmental, political and social changes present to the future of museums. We will explore the responsibilities and skills needed by you as current and future museum professionals, with an eye to taking these ideas back to your museum or bringing this awareness to your future museum roles. We’ll focus on visionary ideas for visitor engagement while we also consider a broad range of museum activities from collection care, exhibition development, and green design to the use of technology and strategic planning. For our seminar project, we will partner with the Newseum to develop activities that engage their audiences in content related to the Newseum’s mission and new strategic plan. Working closely with Newseum staff and collaborating in small class groups, we will have an intensive first week as we create and then carry out participatory activities with actual visitors at the Newseum as a Sunday afternoon (January 11) event. During the second week, we will evaluate the outcomes, and groups will present their findings, synthesized with other museum visits and speakers throughout the seminar.

There will be pre-seminar reading assignments, as well as the requirement to set up various accounts such as WordPress, Instagram, and Twitter. It is not necessary for you to have used these applications in the past – we will provide tutorials.

*Please note that the DC seminar will begin on Sunday, January 4, 2015, 3:00 pm.

Course Objectives

As a result of participating in this seminar, students will be able to:

  • Identify and discuss trends affecting museums in the future;
  • Explore visitor motivation, learning styles, and strategies for visitor engagement;
  • Create and facilitate participatory activities with museum audiences;
  • Discuss and analyze roles and responsibilities of future museum professionals;
  • Employ a collaborative approach to a project;
  • Synthesize and document activities and learning experiences into a final presentation

Preliminary list of museums and facilities (still to be confirmed)

Newseum; National Museum of Natural History; National Gallery of Art; National Museum of African American History and Culture; National Building Museum; International Spy Museum; National Air and Space Museum; National Archives; George Washington’s Mount Vernon; Center for the Future of Museums

Academic Requirements

Students must have completed a minimum of two courses in the program to register for this class, however four or more courses are recommended. One of these courses must be 460.601 or 460.602. Those planning to graduate in Spring 2015 will be given preference.

Seminar Team

Phyllis Hecht, Director, JHU Museum Studies, will lead the DC seminar.

Miriam Doutriaux, Lecturer, JHU Museum Studies, will be assisting.

Time Commitment

Prepare to be completely “immersed” during the entire two-week period! Students will be busy from 9:00am– 5:00 pm each day, with some evenings and weekend work also required. The project for the DC seminar will involve work on Saturday and Sunday, January 10 and 11. Do not schedule activities unrelated to the seminar during these two weeks (including the weekend) until the syllabus becomes available.

NOTE: There will be some preparatory work for this seminar.

Significant Others

Friends or partners may accompany students to Washington, DC and may share hotel/dorm rooms. However, they are NOT allowed in class or on field trips.

Accommodations

Students are responsible for making their own accommodations. We plan to secure rooms at Homewood Suites at 1475 Massachusetts Ave NW, which is near to the Hopkins DC Center. We expect rooms to be approximately $175 for a single or a double per night, and rooms are large enough for two to easily share. You are, of course, free to find your own accommodations but we recommend that you stay close to a Metro line for ease of travel to and from classes. We will send out specific information on making reservations once registration for the seminar begins.

Dress Code

Informal business attire on the days we visit museums; casual at other times. Comfortable shoes are a must.

Getting Around Town

We will be using the Metro for which you will have to purchase fare cards. Click here to visit the WMATA website.

Travel Information

Please visit the Student Travel page for information about waiver, liability, and emergency contact forms, and travel and health insurance.

Waiver Forms

Students traveling to Washington, DC must fill out the following forms:

  1. Student field trip release and waiver of liability form
  2. Emergency contact form

Seminar Cost

The cost of the Onsite Seminar course is the normal tuition rate for one class in the Museum Studies Program, which is approximately $3,563. Students are responsible for travel to and from the location, accommodations, and meals. There is an additional $300 field trip fee for the Washington, DC seminar due at registration. (Students are also responsible for purchasing their own Metro cards for the subway.)

Registration

Full payment of tuition and fees is due at the time of registration. If a student decides to drop this course prior to October 22, $500 of the tuition is nonrefundable. If a student decides to drop this course after October 22, ALL tuition and fees for this course are nonrefundable. If a student decides to drop this course, an add/drop form must be sent to the registration office. A student may not drop the course online. Students will register for this course in ISIS (https://isis.jhu.edu).

IMPORTANT: Students will be charged $500 regardless of their payment method choices (employer assistance, tuition remission, etc. if they later decide to drop this course. *Refunds will be made if there are not enough people to run the course.* The seminar needs fourteen people to register before it can run. (The maximum number of students for the seminar is 20.) Students planning to graduate in Spring 2015 will be given priority.

Important Dates

September 29, 2014: Registration opens
October 22, 2014: Last day to register, emergency contact information due, waiver form due
January 4, 2015: Seminar begins at 3:00 pm (runs through January 16, 2015)
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San Diego, CA, Onsite Seminar

Monday, January 5 – Friday, January 16, 2015

Course Description: Making Museums Meaningful

The San Diego seminar invites participants to explore and create meaning in Balboa Park’s many museums. Participants will be immersed in museum life with visits to a diverse array of museums, behind-the-scenes tours, and talks with museum professionals. Against this backdrop, we will engage in active and participatory learning processes—thinking, talking, observing, making, and doing. We will use strategic planning practices to develop a mission for the seminar, strategic goals, and a pact for collaboration. Teams will collaborate to create and evaluate theme-based trails through the museums and gardens of Balboa Park. They will share the fruits of their labor with Balboa Park community members, inspiring them with fresh perspectives. With a strong focus on visitor experience and meaning-making, this seminar be relevant to students pursuing careers in education, exhibition, design, evaluation, collections, development, and administration.

Your host, the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, facilitates collaboration among 29 diverse arts, science, and cultural institutions to support greater effectiveness, innovation, and excellence. The institutions, including 17 museums and the San Diego Zoo, are located side-by-side in historic Balboa Park, a 1,200-acre urban park, which draws more than 10 million visitors a year.

Objectives

Participating in this seminar, students will:

  • Use collaborative and independent processes to achieve clarity of purpose and create strategic plans to achieve goals.
  • Enhance their professional skills and tools related to creativity, communication, and collaboration.
  • Gain deeper understanding of the opportunities, challenges, and tensions faced by museum professionals.
  • Work with multiple state-of-the-art models for museum practice.
  • Create unique work, related to their interests, while challenged by new modes of thought and action.

Details

  • The group will have access to 17 museums in Balboa Park – see list of collaborating organizations – and various professional staff.
  • Students will be expected to actively participate in daily discussions, and keep a daily reflection journal, as well as a final reflection paper following the completion of the seminar.
  • Students will work in teams to contribute to a final project presented to Balboa Park staff.
  • Students are encouraged to bring a laptop (PC or Mac) or tablet for independent work.
  • Significant walking is required – see below for more information.

Collaborating Organizations

Balboa Park Online Collaborative, Japanese Friendship Garden, Mingei International Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego Automotive Museum, San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum, San Diego History Center, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego Zoo, The Old Globe Theatre, Timken Museum of Art, and Veterans Museum & Memorial Center.

Academic Requirements

Students must have completed a minimum of two courses in the program to register for this class, however four or more courses are recommended. One of these courses must be 460.601 or 460.602. Those planning to graduate in Spring 2015 will be given preference.

Seminar Team

Nan Renner will serve as facilitator for the 2015 San Diego seminar. Nan currently serves as the Director of the San Diego Incubator for Innovation, one of three Art of Science Learning incubators designed to promote creativity and innovation by integrating the arts with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Her museum career includes graphic design, exhibition development, evaluation, and learning research in various museums. She has a B.A. in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from University of California, San Diego.

Kristen Mihalko, Balboa Park Learning Institute Program Coordinator, will provide administrative and logistical support. Kristen earned her M.A. in Strategic Communications from National University.

Time Commitment

Prepare to be completely “immersed” during the entire two-week period! Students will be busy from 9:00am– 5:00 pm each day, with some evenings and weekend work also required. Please do not schedule activities unrelated to the seminar during these two weeks (including the weekend) until the syllabus becomes available.

Significant others

Friends or partners may accompany students to San Diego and may share hotel rooms. However, they are NOT allowed in class or on field trips.

Accommodations

Students are responsible for making their own accommodations. We have secured rooms at the Sofia Hotel (150 W Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101). Queen bedrooms are available at the rate of $89 and rooms with two double beds are available for $99. Rooms are equipped with mircrowaves and small fridges. Wi-Fi fees have been waived. Please call the hotel directly at 619-234-9200 or 1-800-826-0009 to make reservations. Once you have registered for the seminar, we will send you the group reservation code. This room block will expire on December 4. Also, parking fees for this hotel are $34/night unless street parking can be found.

The Sofia Hotel is a block away from the #7 bus line that leads directly to Balboa Park. Students are responsible for purchasing an adult regional 30-day (not the monthly) Compass Card for $74 ($72 + $2 card fee). Click here to purchase in advance online.

Dress Code

Business casual with comfortable walking shoes!

Getting around the Park & City

There will be significant walking within Balboa Park for seminar obligations. Restaurants, a mall and nightlife are within blocks of the hotel.

Travel Information

Please visit the Student Travel page for information about waiver, liability, and emergency contact forms, and travel and health insurance.

Waiver Forms

Students traveling to San Diego must fill out the following forms:

  1. Student field trip release and waiver of liability form
  2. Emergency contact form

Seminar Cost

The cost of the Onsite Seminar course is the normal tuition rate for one class in the Museum Studies Program, which is approximately $3,563. Students are responsible for travel to and from the location, accommodations, and meals. There is an additional $300 field trip fee for the San Diego seminar due at registration. (Students will also be responsible for purchasing a Compass Card for the bus from the hotel.)

Registration

Full payment of tuition and fees is due at the time of registration. If a student decides to drop this course prior to October 22, $500 of the tuition is nonrefundable. If a student decides to drop this course after October 22, ALL tuition and fees for this course are nonrefundable. If a student decides to drop this course, an add/drop form must be sent to the registration office. A student may not drop the course online. Students will register for this course in ISIS (https://isis.jhu.edu).

IMPORTANT: Students will be charged $500 regardless of their payment method choices (employer assistance, tuition remission, etc. if they later decide to drop this course. *Refunds will be made if there are not enough people to run the course.* The seminar needs fourteen people to register before it can run. (The maximum number of students for the seminar is 20.) Students planning to graduate in Spring 2015 will be given priority.

Important Dates

September 29, 2014: Registration opens
October 22, 2014: Last day to register, emergency contact information due, waiver form due
January 5, 2015: (runs through January 16, 2015)