The joint Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference (#UMDCC20) and the Minnesota Digital Library Annual Meeting (#mndiglib2020) was held virtually November 5-6, 2020. Our two conferences share the same goals of providing an opportunity to connect with colleagues, share projects, and learn from each other, with the added benefit of cross-pollination between two different groups with many affinities.
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Thursday, November 5 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Museums for Digital Learning: Leveraging Digital Cultural Heritage Collections in Support of K-12 Education

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Museums for Digital Learning (MDL) is a special initiative funded by the IMLS with the goal of building the capacity of museums and related cultural organizations to connect K-12 teachers and students with digital collections and related resources. During the two-year pilot project (2018-2020), the technology team at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, the education teams of The Field Museum (TFM) and History Colorado (HC), and a cohort of K-12 educators collaborated to build a platform that makes it possible for cultural organizations of varied types and sizes to leverage their existing digital collections and media in the creation of open educational resources.

In this session, representatives from Newfields, TFM, and HC will provide an overview of the MDL project. This will include not just a demonstration of the open, online pilot platform for building collections-based educational resources, but also a discussion of the methods employed by the museum partners to foster meaningful communication and collaboration with a team of educators from around the country. Come to this session to learn about how your institution can get involved in Phase II as a content partner!


Heidi Rouleau

Manager of School Learning Experiences, The Field Museum
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Samantha Norling

Digital Collections Manager, Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
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April Legg

Director of Learning Experiences, History Colorado

Thursday November 5, 2020 1:30pm - 2:15pm CST
Gerber Daisy Room