This week I interviewed Mark Carnall at UCL’s Grant Museum for the museum ethics OER. What he said provides an interesting counterpoint to the interview with Amanda Callaghan at the Cole Museum. Both are zoology museums and have taken different approaches to the question of whether to display animal embryos. Both talk about the different things museums need to consider in making such decisions, such as visitors’ likely responses, the museum’s mission and relevant legislation. Something else that comes across in the interviews is the differences between the museums; for example, the Cole is much smaller, with fewer staff while the Grant has more resources at its disposal.
I have also felt the tecchie fear and done it anyway, in the form of downloading the audio file editing program Audacity and edited the interviews I’ve done so far. I now have bundles of pedagogical material in different media-voice, photo, text,-ready for OERs. Now it needs to be decided how they will be presented to students-on Blackboard? On webpages? I also need to decide how structured they should be, how attractive they need to be, whether it’s more important that they are useful on Reading University courses or adaptable for other courses, and so on.