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LEM - The Learning Museum Network Project

A permanent network of museums and cultural heritage organisations, to insure that they can play an active role with regard to lifelong learning and to raise awareness among decision makers at European level.

This space provides visitors the opportunity to learn about museums and lifelong learning, to exchange ideas, information and materials, as well as to find out more about the project. We encourage visitors to participate in discussions available on the website.

It is apparent museums in the 21st century can play an active role in lifelong learning society by integrating collections, spaces and learning programmes into a new joined up framework that connects formal and informal learning providers, increasing access to cultural life and fostering social cohesion, innovation and creativity. The LEM - Learning Museum Network project aims to create a permanent network of museums and cultural heritage organisations and address the challenges of the EU 2020 Strategy and to play an active role with regard to lifelong learning.

Applications are now open for the engage Summer School. This year participants will focus on the theme of Ethics and Gallery Education: How do ethical issues impact on learning and education in galleries and museums and on artists’ working with participants? As well as a stimulating range of peer-led sessions and workshops around the theme, the event will include a field trip to galleries and artist-led venues such as Tate St Ives and Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. Deadline for applications: 10am Wednesday 7 May 2014.

An international forum of experts discussing new visions for interaction and interfaces. AVI 2014 offers a wide variety of submission types to suit many types of interests and works. They include full and short research papers, demos, industry papers, and workshops. Theoretical and formal approaches, novel methodologies, domain-specific applications, empirical studies, new technological solutions, and industrial achievements fit well into the framework of the conference. OPEN EVENT in the context of AVI: The Google Art project with Amit Sood & Piotr Adamczyk on May 30.

By Bernhard Schmidt-Hertha, Johanna Gebrande, Jens Friebe published in LLinE journal, Issue 1/2014. The authors look into the limitations of PIAAC. They argue that “the data provides no evidence for any conclusions on factors determining literacy or other skills, nor does it yield knowledge about the consequences of illiteracy”. They stress that the study is not neutral, “but inspired by politics and interests of the OECD”, resulting in a strong focus on skills related to employability. Finally they introduce another study, CiLL, which analyses the 65+ part of the population not covered by PIAAC.

In September 2014, The Hunt Museum will be hosting an international education conference exploring the importance of community engagement, museum access and culture. Bringing together world leaders in learning, community engagement and cultural rights, this conference offers participants a unique opportunity to share experiences, network and engage with colleagues from near and far. Through workshops, talks and informal events, the Invited speakers will be on-hand to share in the learning and discussion.

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