One distinctive element that informal learning settings offer is the ability to learn with authentic artifacts, documents, and other objects. Occasionally museums allow us to touch these objects and explore them with our senses. But often, in an effort to preserve these objects, we are required to keep our distance. Yet people still come. Why is learning with objects so powerful?
Now that you've specified the learning activities you want visitors to experience, either as they glide through your exhibit or stop in front of your display, or as they engage with your lesson plan and learning materials, it's time to figure out what kind of exhibit or lesson plan and materials will facilitate those activities. This is also the stage at which you can begin to choose the objects—or types of objects—that will foster the outcomes you've specified.
In this module you will
- Detail the elements of your exhibit/display/lesson/learning materials, based on what each element contributes to the outcomes and learning activities you have specified, and
- Specify the objects your visitors/learners will experience or interact with as part of your exhibit/display/lesson/learning materials.