Using museums and heritage as a teaching and learning resource
SMILE stands for Schools Museums Internet Learning Education and is held in Stockholm, Lisbon, and Istanbul.
SMILE provides educational institutions with a resource that enables them to investigate Europe and what it means to be a European through visits to museums. More specifically it is concerned with enabling learners to explore a number of aspects of their identities and to compare the various identities expressed by other Europeans. The method has become a flexible way of addressing issues about identity through museums and cultural heritage. Museums and the built environment are used as a source for looking at identity and citizenship issues.
The SMILE course puts the emphasis on transferable skills that can be used directly in teaching and learning situations. The course explores some basic museum interpretation skills and concepts and helps participants to understand museums as complex and multi-layered, linear, ordered or random collections of artefacts, images, sounds and words
- Who ‘wrote’ the museum?
- Who did they ‘write’ it for?
- Why did they ‘write’ it?
- Who ‘reads’ it now?
A proportion of the course is dedicated to exploring practical eLearning solutions for use in the classroom. The course also makes use of mobile eLearning methods to take learning outside the classroom.
Learning outcomes include an exploration of:
- European Citizenship and Identity
- Museum Interpretation skills and competencies
- Basic eLearning for use in museums and heritage sites
- Outdoor education
- Cooperation between schools and museums
- Validation and assessment
- Barrier-free access for minority groups
- Building lasting relationships with colleagues throughout Europe
- A greater understanding of European education
The courses comply fully with the Erasmus+ (Erasmus Plus) European criteria for mobility grants. We provide full modules for preparation, monitoring and validation.
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