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Can museums and technology go together?



Can museums and technology go together?


The creation of so called MOOCs helps encourage visits to museums. Many of them are already betting on these unlimited courses to promote culture and art.

Surely, many of our readers have spent a long time without entering a museum. Spain has great art galleries where its walls house samples of enormous talent that have marked a before and after in our culture.

Now, can art be merged with new technologies? The answer is yesand many museums in the Spanish capital already have it with the so called MOOCs.

What is a MOOC and what is its purpose?

MOOCs are the English acronyms for Massive Online Open Courses (Massive Open Online Courses). These courses have the novelty that there is no enrollment limit and are given only on line.

This model of courses is being taught in many universities around the world. giving a touch of dynamism to the concept of traditional education.

An instructor gives the training in video or via video conferenceand once the agenda is finished, a test type exam with its corresponding practices.

MOOCs at the Prado and Reina Sofía Museums

The main museums in Madrid are committed to these unlimited courses to promote culture and art.

A case to be highlighted is Reina Sofia Museumwhich, in collaboration with the Telefonica Foundationhas delivered these massive online courses on the cubism art movement and we will know in depth the works of authors such as Pablo Picasso, Maria Blanchard and George Braqueamong others.

With this MOOCs Both institutions have become a benchmark in the disclosure of cubism and its influence at the time.

The Prado Museum is not far behind and next to the Telefonica Foundation They have created several MOOCs on the most outstanding painters of the Madrid gallery. In this 2019 the online course has been presented “Bosco in the Prado Museum”.

This MOOC has exclusive content from the museum and is carried out on the platform Myriadax which is one of the online course platforms most used in Latin America.

Another initiative that has Prado Museum In collaboration with Telephone is to offer an augmented reading tool that will allow provide a historical context to all the works and authors from the century XII to XIX.

Thus improving the knowledge made available by the museum with other sources such as Wikidata and Wikipedia.

With these new improvements makes the Prado Museum move back to the vanguard of museums on the net.

Other ways of seeing art through technology

Apart from the existence of MOOCs there are more ways that the concepts “art” and “technology” go together.

A clear example is the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum which will premiere a temporary exhibition of artists and photography, where the protagonists of the exhibition, apart from the works themselves, will be the televisions where each of the works can be appreciated.

These initiatives are intended to teach that new technologies are at the forefront of aesthetics and art.