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The objectives

The MAS project essentially promotes museum-school partnerships in Europe, through the use of technology-enhanced learning infrastructure, such as support, tools and services.

Cultural and educational institutions will utilise the developed infrastructure for integration of the MAS Pedagogical approach in compulsory education curriculum.

There is specific focus on the development of the MAS project to accommodate for culturally and linguistically diverse students’ needs. It is anticipated that students will deepen their knowledge of cultural heritage through participation in the partnership, while also become motivated to engage in museum learning, whether physically or online in the future.

The project thus offers a platform for organisations, staff (teachers, museum educators, librarians, etc.) and students to communicate, collaborate, develop projects, share and feel and be part of a dynamic museum learning community in Europe.

The basic interest is in developing the MAS Infrastructure including:

  1. The strategic partnership search (MAS-Portal) which will allow the creation of institutional profiles for museums/cultural organisations and schools. The intention is to match cultural organisations with schools and initiate sustainable partnerships beased on the MAS framework.
  2. The virtual museum creator (MAS-Cabinet app), which will be the desktop application featuring the interactive virtual environment created according to the pedagogical framework.
  3. Access to resource packs, tutorials and webinars on how to deliver successful museum-school partnerships for developing lesson plans based on the MMP framework (MAS-Archive).
  4. A support mechanism for the MAS virtual community, for development, communication and collaboration on museum-related topics and solutions (MAS-Hub).

The overall intention of the MAS project, is to build a sustainable ecosystem for cultural and educational institutions to develop partnerships, through empirically driven, design principles that respond to current and future demands for digital transformation and inclusive education.

Acknowledgements

The Project POST-DOC/0916/0248 is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research and Innovation Foundation.

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