Can museums and technology go together?

The creation of the so-called MOOCs helps to encourage visits in museums.

Surely many of our readers take a long time without entering a museum. Spain has large art galleries where its walls house samples of enormous talent that have marked a before and after in our culture.

Now, can art be fused with new technologies? The answer is yes and many museums in the Spanish capital already have it with the so-called MOOCs.

What is a MOOC and what is its purpose?

MOOC stands for Massive Online Open Courses. These courses have the novelty that there is no limit of enrollments and are taught only online.

This model of courses is being taught in many universities around the world. Giving a touch of dynamism to the concept of traditional education.

An instructor gives the training in video or through videoconferencing and once the syllabus is finished, a test is carried out with its corresponding practices.

The MOOCs at the Prado and Reina Sofía Museum

The main museums in Madrid are committed to these unlimited courses to promote culture and art.

A case of note is the Reina Sofía Museum which, in collaboration with the Telefónica Foundation, has taught these massive online courses on the artistic movement of Cubism and we will know in depth the works of authors such as Pablo Picasso, María Blanchard and George Braque among others .

With this MOOC both institutions have become a benchmark in the dissemination of Cubism and its influence at the time.

The Prado Museum is not far behind and together with the Fundación Telefónica they have created several MOOCs about the most outstanding painters of the Madrid gallery. In this 2019 the online course “The Bosco in the Prado Museum” has been presented.

This MOOC has exclusive contents of the museum and is carried out on the Miríadax platform, which is one of the most used online course platforms in Latin America.

Another initiative that the Prado Museum has in collaboration with Telefónica is to offer an augmented reading tool that will provide a historical context to all the works and authors from the 12th to the 19th century.

Thus improving the knowledge that the museum makes available with other sources such as Wikidata and Wikipedia.

With these new improvements, the Prado Museum is once again at the forefront of museums on the web.

Other ways to see art through technology

Apart from the existence of MOOCs there are more ways that the concepts “art” and “technology” go together.

A clear example is the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum that will premiere a temporary exhibition of artists and photography where the protagonists of the exhibition, apart from the works themselves, will be televisions where you can see each of the works.

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