Summary of Best Practice

Best Practices based on group consideration:

01. Contract at start of term to address course protocols and requirements.
02. Vocabulary addressed at start of term…and or beginning of tour.
03. Scaffolding questions into orientation prior to tour so that students can interrogate the narrative as they visit the exhibits area.
04. Looking at art without looking at labels…so as to avoid being dragged down into the historical narrative.
05. Getting students to break down stereotypes about Africa, by reviewing diverse and distinct modes of adaptation, clothing, etc.
06. Study of religion to get at comparative considerations, relationships, and similarities.
07. Learning to look process…providing students with a host of images in order to get them to learn to look.
08. Taking time to think about questions and content, and to reflect upon that which was examined.
09. Storytelling could be incorporated into audio tour…or other ways to get students to see and do.
10. Pose a question from outset, and then return to question at end of tour.
11. Taking time to reflect, or creating pauses during tour.
12. Have students create a product, such as an audio tour, that will require them to more fully engage.
13. "Reflection distills knowledge from experience" (Lila Staples)
14. Think fair, share!
15. Digital stories, then gets them to theorize about their stories to more fully integrate them.
16. How do you use oral history as an artifact, and engaging students in the process of memory.
17. Ten to 12 research papers, which students resist, but requires the students to explore.
18. Topics that are not well researched, and therefore requires students to go out and conduct interviews.
19. Creating accessibility, as well as accommodations for different learning styles.
20. Many different ways of producing stories, and they create and upload content.
21. Connecting stories between students and differing perspectives.
22. Life history documents are uploaded to digital archives (Japanese American Museum)
23. Engaging students in the process of memory…how people remember what they remember.
24. Participation and engagement in which professor or museum must let go, and offer visitors and or students choice between what they choose to learn or engage.
25. Artist statement about work of art, and then interaction.
26. Need to "let go" by way of options to demonstrable learning…performance, exhibit, peer-reviewed PowerPoint.
27. Slow art…visitors come to museum and spend 60 minutes to examine three pieces of art, and engage in "slow learning."
28. Making one's work visible, but also public…not only student teaching, or authority, but New Media helps facilitate making works public.

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