Today's museums and cultural institutions are strengthened by their creative use of the wealth of digital information/media they collect, manage, preserve and share. Explore the dimensions, value and potential uses of this diverse range of digital resources and learn how to strategically harness these resources to improve the effectiveness of your cultural institution and its internal and online information assets.
This course provides you with the opportunity to examine your institution’s information opportunities and develop a project plan to act on one or more of them. Whether you work with education, collections, research, programming, marketing and audience development, or management within a museum or heritage setting, this course will be an asset to your career.
Course Code: AHVS 488N
Identify the myriad of information resources managed across your institution.
Recognize the growing strategic value of collection-related digital resources for your institution and to the communities it serves.
Define the uses of major software systems used to manage digital information resources (e.g. collection management, digital asset management, content management).
Identify opportunities and strategies for collecting and integrating digital information resources to enhance your website, exhibits and collections.
Identify resources (human and other) required to support sustainable museum technology projects.
Develop a formal technology project proposal/plan that can be used internally or for obtaining external funding.
Note: though not required, prior experience in a cultural organization would be an asset for success in this course. Please contact the Program Office if you have any questions or concerns.
“I believe that museums can change peoples’ lives.”
Tim Willis is one of Canada’s most experienced museum professionals. During his 25 year career, he has led the creation of more than one hundred exhibitions, helped museums to shape their long-term visitor experience strategies, and been a strong advocate for the power of museums to change and enrich peoples’ lives.
After moving to Canada, Tim worked in private practice to plan several of Alberta’s heritage interpretive centers including Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. In the late 1980s, Tim joined the Royal Alberta Museum as head of Exhibitions and Marketing. Under Tim’s leadership, the Royal Alberta Museum developed one of the most active exhibition programs in Canada. From 2001 to 2006, Tim led the development of a new visitor experience - part of the Royal Alberta Museum’s $180 million renewal project.
Joining the Royal BC Museum in September 2006, Tim’s focus was to create a long-term vision the entire visitor experience. He also headed some of the Museum’s most intriguing and successful exhibition projects. In 2013, Tim decided to work independently sharing his knowledge and experience with students and advising museums and other clients.
This course may be available online. Students login to the course and communicate with the instructor and fellow students via the Internet. All assignments and course activities are submitted electronically to the course instructor.
Using mobile devices in online courses
If you are planning on accessing your online courses using a mobile device such as a tablet or a smartphone, please note that not all required course features will be accessible with these devices. To fully function in your online courses, you will need to have access to a computer running Windows or MacOS.
A $100 registration deposit is required with each registration. The $100 registration deposit is credited towards the tuition fee. This registration deposit will only be refunded if you withdraw your application prior to the registration deadline or if the course is cancelled. The University reserves the right to cancel or reschedule courses.
Credit vs non-credit
Credit refers to degree credit. If you are taking a course or program for credit through UVic Continuing Studies, it means that course or program provides credit towards a degree at UVic or another authorized university. Credit students have to meet certain criteria, such as being accepted to both UVic Continuing Studies and the University of Victoria.