A series of free online courses in core uses of digital technologies in museums.

The School of Museum Digital Development (SMDD) is a project by ICOM Russia created by the Council for Digital Development of Museums based on the analysis of the results of the museum workers’ digital competence research conducted in 2020. With the assistance of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation, in cooperation with Panasonic Russia and the Core educational platform, in December 2020, a program was developed and the admission to the series of SMDD practical online courses in «Tools and Technologies» was announced.
The project was implemented in the framework of «Museums without Borders», a program of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation, and aimed at generation and strengthening of action-oriented skills of using digital technologies in the museum work. Courses: – Holding Online Events; – Video Shooting for Museums; – Culture of Digital Communications; – Recording and Editing Audio Guides; – Digital Data in a Museum: Storage and Basic Processing; – Digital Inclusion; – Video Editing for Museums; – Photography in a Museum; – Practical Application of Electronic Tables; – Preparation of Professional Presentations. Each course was launched in two rounds: The first round: training with teachers, including creative assignment check, interactive communication with a curator and lecturers of the course in ZOOM. Each course was from two to four weeks long. Due to the students feedback, the materials of the courses were refined and prepared for automated training. The second round of courses started in March 2021 in the automated mode. Unlike the previous format, the new one did not provide for curator’s guidance and assignment check during the training. Based on the results of online testing, the participants received digital diplomas.
The goal of the project: development of digital competencies and improving digital literacy of museum executives and employees, current and future culture and arts specialists. Objectives: 1) Development of a series of online courses comprising ten areas of digital development that are most sough-after among museum specialists. 2) Generation of online courses under the guidance of experienced professionals in respective areas considering the modern teaching methods and innovative opportunities provided by digital communication. 3) Arrangement of training for two rounds of students based on a two-stage model which includes interactive communication and practical trials of online courses in groups (up to 50 persons) with subsequent refinement and launch for a wider audience in an automatic mode. 4) Assurance of availability of online courses for all the interested specialists with an opportunity to repeat the course, analyze the mistakes and receive a document proving participation in case of successful completion. 5) Implementation of an informational campaign to expand the outreach of online courses, increase recognizability of the project and its stable positioning in the professional community.