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University of Glasgow

The Museum as a Site and Source for Learning

University of Glasgow via FutureLearn


Find out how museum collections, spaces and technology help visitors learn

What is the purpose of museums in today’s world - a world obsessed with technology? On this course we explore what can be gained from interacting with museum collections and spaces, and how to use technology to encourage engagement.

You will consider the ways museum collections improve our understanding of history and how museums can use artefacts to engage learners. You will also explore how museums can better use their spaces to create learning experiences for all visitors.

Anyone with an interest in museums and their potential for learning.

While the Educators themselves aren’t available to facilitate this run, we encourage you to engage with other learners and there are opportunities to do this throughout the course.


  • It Starts With the Visitors
    • Course Introduction
    • Demystifying Demographics
    • The Museum Experience
    • Lost Youth
    • Breaking Down Barriers
    • Technology- How Can It Inform Visitor Studies
  • The Exhibition Takes Centre Stage
    • About the Exhibition
    • The Role of the Curator
    • Teaching Contemporary Art
    • Learning From Object
    • The Art of Label Writing
  • The Role of the Conservator/ Your Exhibition
    • What is a Conservator?
    • Do Not Touch!
    • Condition Report
    • Preparing for Your Exhibition

Taught by

Margaret Jago


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