WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Oct 9, 2012) - Museum Computer Network (MCN) is proud to introduce the MCN Pro Workshop Series, a series of how-to online workshops brought to you by MCN and produced by LearningTimes.
As technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, it offers many exciting opportunities for cultural organizations to interact with their audiences in new and engaging ways. However, many museum professionals find it hard to adapt and integrate these technologies with limited budgets for resources and training. MCN, the longest running community for museum and cultural heritage professionals, and LearningTimes, a leader in creating innovative, interactive online learning experiences, have partnered to create an online webinar series for museum professionals to stay on top of the latest trends and technologies in the field. MCN Pro will provide affordable online skills development on topics that are important to cultural heritage professionals.
The workshop series will begin in December 2012 and run through to September 2013. Kicking off with "Creating a Video Channel for Your Museum," this session is a primer on different video platforms, such as YouTube, and will explore the strategic considerations when developing and publishing video content to online channels.
The second workshop, slated for early February 2013, is entitled "ePublishing: What You Need To Know" and will introduce museum professionals to emerging trends in digital publishing.
The remaining three workshops will be developed in consultation with the museum community in order to select topics of particular interest and will encompass Digital Management, Audience Engagement, and Technology Infrastructure.
Each two and a half hour workshop will be facilitated by an MCN board member and presented by two industry experts from a range of backgrounds and institutions. Presenters will share their knowledge and experience, and engage workshop participants in collaborative learning through exchange of ideas during and after the sessions on the LearningTimes online conference platform.
Workshop participants will earn a digital badge for their involvement, with opportunities to earn more badges through increased participation and skills sharing. The more you learn, the more you earn.
MCN's President Christina DePaolo said, "I'm very excited about the MCN Pro Workshop Series because it represents MCN's core values; these workshops are designed to provide affordable access to high-quality resources that help museum professionals get work done. The partnership with LearningTimes is crucial, because they are leaders in online learning and have the technology and experience to make this series a big success."
Jonathan Finkelstein, LearningTimes Executive Producer and Founder, said, "The MCN Pro Workshop Series will allow participants to walk away with practical knowledge they can put to use immediately at their institution. We look forward to our partnership with MCN over the coming year as we help bring new ideas and tools into the hands of cultural heritage professionals."
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For more information or to register for the MCN Pro Workshop Series please visit: http://www.mcnpro.org
Based in New York, LearningTimes is a global leader in creating innovative, interactive online solutions for formal and informal learning and community building. More than 500 nationally and internationally recognized organizations including the Smithsonian Institution, American Association for State & Local History, American Alliance of Museums, American Library Association and the NYC Department of Education leverage the LearningTimes approach for reward- and badge-based learning, digital credentialing, online conferences, professional development, training and more. For more information, visit www.learningtimes.com.
ABOUT Museum Computer Network
Founded in 1967, the Museum Computer Network (MCN) supports museum information professionals and the greater community by providing opportunities to explore and disseminate new technologies and best practices in the field. With the longest running annual conference on museums and technology, regional special interest groups, and an active online community, MCN facilitates the sharing of knowledge about technology, trends and issues that are most important to cultural heritage professionals. The 40th annual MCN conference will be held in Seattle, WA from November 7-10. For more information, visit www.mcn.edu and www.MCNPro.org.