The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston worked with Mediatrope in 2005 to create an online database for their 330,000 objects. With all this valuable data online, what was the next step? MFA Educators Online. An integration of the breadth of the Museum’s collection into a set of approachable tools for educators.
MFA Educators Online turns traditionally static educational materials, like printouts and slidesets, into a dynamic and collaborative website. The MFA’s education staff and K-12 teachers use the online collection to create lessons in an online format. Each of the image-based lessons works in support of curricula across many subjects.
Educators participate by setting up an account where they access saved slideshow galleries, printouts and lesson plans. The site proves the unique ability to make lessons specific to educators needs: using MFA’s collection of images and historical information to augment their curricula with new online galleries; or uploading sound, video, documents and images to enhance existing galleries. Teachers can even create multimedia assignments for students to complete online. Educators are engaging in this online community finding, creating and sharing resources for students across the K-12 spectrum.
We’ve received great feedback from teachers on the new site. It offers them a whole new relationship with the MFA’s collections.