Beth Carter is the curator at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. Previously, Beth was Director-Curator at the Nikkei National Museum in Burnaby, BC. Beth has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and a Masters in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in England. Beth has worked for over 30 years in museums large and small - starting with unpaid internships while at UBC. She fell in love with museums and collections during her first visit to the storage area of the Vancouver Museum. She has worked at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC and the Alberni Valley Museum on Vancouver Island, and did internships at the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh. While at Glenbow, Beth coordinated the Art of Asia gallery, and was project coordinator for the Nitsitapiisinni: Our Way of Life exhibit about the Blackfoot peoples of southern Alberta and Montana. She worked closely with Glenbow's extensive collections from around the world, and has participated in the development of over 25 exhibits.
What participants are saying
“Recognizes the ongoing struggle in museums between doing things the way they have always been done and looking toward creativity and community engagement in the future.”
“The content is relevant and current.”
“The main strengths were providing the basic premises of contemporary curatorship. The course helped to provide a much clearer understanding of what is required of curators even though the field varies from institution to institution.”
“Gave a good understanding of curatorial practice, its evolution and contemporary issues which relate to it.”
“Very good balance between the theoretical and the practical.”
“[Instructor Beth Carter was] very encouraging, demonstrated perspective and wanted us to look at things in new ways.”
Online Moodle-based format over a 14-week period, requiring approximately 12-14 rigorous hours of coursework per week.
Students login to the course and communicate with the instructor and fellow students via the Moodle-based course management system CourseSpaces. This course follows an asynchronous delivery model.
This course will use online text-based notes and/or PowerPoint presentations, forum-based discussions, individual and individual assignments, and print and online readings/resources. In addition to completing assignments and activities, participants are expected to contribute meaningfully and frequently to forum-based discussions weekly. The mode of contact with the course instructor is via email or online forums.
Attendance, participation and decorum
Whether registered as a credit or non-credit participant, you will be expected to:
- login to the course website on a regular basis throughout each week
- participate in class activities, and thoughtfully and articulately contribute to course forum discussions by reflecting upon assigned readings and professional experiences
- submit course assignments on scheduled course deadline dates
- notify course instructors of any personal leaves throughout the term that will affect class participation well in advance
- notify the instructor of any situation that will compromise the timely submission of an assignment or activity to work out alternate arrangements well in advance of due date
- provide work throughout the course that is effectively organized and researched, professionally presented, and well-written
- interact with colleagues, program staff, and course instructors in a respectful and positive manner at all times
Note: if a student has not logged into the course Moodle website by 100% tuition refund drop date, the Program Office reserves the right to withdraw the student from the course. Participation in online courses is mandatory and online interactions are the most important part of the course learning experience. As such, “catching up” at such a late date without prior approval—and make-up scheduling by the instructor and/or program—is impossible.
In some cases, participants and the course instructor may discuss examples that reflect an actual situation, institution, or community. In order to create an environment where all feel free to discuss and learn from situational issues, it is asked that everyone respect the confidential nature of the institutions and communities being discussed.
While the site is password protected, note that email and course discussion forum groups are never entirely confidential and are subject to freedom of information and privacy legislation. Your use of these communication tools should reflect the public nature of the media.
We ask that you respect the copyright of any and all course materials and note that these are circulated and shared for the purposes of this course only. Further reproduction is strictly prohibited.
Disclosure of personal information to vendors, systems or services storing or accessing that information outside of Canada is restricted by s.30.1 of FIPPA.
Instructors may use a variety of educational technology in a course including internet-based technologies, or web-based applications, cloud services and social media. The use of technology is intended to enhance and/or deliver students’ education and is part of a students’ engagement at the University. Some of these technologies may collect, use, disclose, and store student and instructor personal information outside of Canada.
In some courses, instructors may require students to use educational technology and social media which stores personal information outside of Canada, in such cases, instructors will try to provide options (such as using an alias to register).
If students do not want their personal information stored or accessed outside of Canada, in certain rare instances, courses may not be available to them. If the course is required for the completion of a degree, alternatives will be provided.
1.5 units at UVic or may be taken on a non-credit basis.