DIGITAL EDUCATION PROJECT

In the first Marcus Fellows grant to the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts (NTIEVA) in 1995, the Fellows developed an interactive CD in collaboration with the Dallas Museum of Art, capitalizing on the leading technology of the time. In subsequent years, using technology in the creation of instructional materials and the development of instructional delivery systems has been an integral part of the Marcus Fellows Program.

With the conclusion of the Fellowship program in 2006, the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation invited NTIEVA to participate in the Marcus Digital Education Project for Texas Museums because of involvement of the Institute and the Division of Art Education and Art History at the University of North Texas (UNT) in the preparation of museum professionals. The focus of the project is to stimulate visual arts education in Texas by increasing the capacity of Texas museums to use digital storytelling tools and techniques. The project goals are:

1) introduce Texas museum professionals to Pachyderm 2.0, an open-source authoring platform, and related digital production tools;

2) help them learn to use these tools to tell media-rich stories related to their collections and exhibitions on the Internet or in the museum;

3) provide some of the equipment needed to take full advantage of the capabilities Pachyderm offers;

4) stimulate creative collaboration among the community of museum professionals interested in digital delivery of visual arts education; and

5) provide twenty five (25) participating organizations access to a national community interested in digital education.

The project provides the NTIEVA staff and the faculty in the Division of Art Education and Art History at UNT custom-designed hands-on training; support for the installation of certain software and equipment; access to help desk and support resources; and subsidized participation in an active community of like-minded professionals working in universities and museums across the country.

The New Media Consortium, an Austin, Texas-based group of over 200 universities, museums, research centers, and foundations, is managing the project. NTIEVA is a member of the consortium.