This module examines dissemination in the heritage sector. The module looks at outreach and education in the context of archives and other heritage organisations. We start with a consideration of the role of heritage and a discussion of the importance of archives before moving on to look at different outreach activities.

Archives, museums and other heritage institutions play an important, indeed a vital, role in society but are often misunderstood, ignored and under used. What influences dissemination in this context? How should we approach and manage outreach and education activities? What is the best way to attract new user groups and how do we know if our efforts are successful? Why is dissemination important? These are key questions for anyone interested in working in a heritage environment and we will try to answer these over the next few weeks.

By the end of the module you should:

  • understand why archives are important and how they can be used for different purposes and by different audience
  • be able to design and implement basic outreach and education activities using archival collections
  • understand how the dissemination of archives fits into the broader context
  • develop and build skills which can be transferred to the workplace

Module Structure

The module is split into six units, which are described below.

  • An introduction to dissemination
  • Dissemination and outreach activities
  • Practical outreach
  • Online resources
  • Oral history
  • Managing dissemination

Tasks and Assignments

Throughout the module you will be asked to complete a series of tasks. Some of these you will do on your own and some of them you will send to me (these are assessed). I will say clearly in the module when you need to send a task to me. These are also listed in the Task Timetable on the course menu. Please look at this now to see when your first task is due. These assessed tasks will account for 40% of your final mark. At the end of the module you will be expected to do a final assignment, please look at the Assignments section on the course menu for more details. There are several discussion board tasks in the module. These will not be marked and you should not write a lot for these. We are looking for informal discussion and do not want you to spend a lot of time worrying about wording when you post to the discussion board. If you do not participate in the discussions you will be marked down.

Useful Information

You should aim to spend at least 15 hours a week on the module, or 100 hours over the 7 weeks that the module lasts.

This module equals to 10 SCQF credits (5 ECTS credits) on Level 3, SHE 3 (SCQF 9).

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