What is MAEdQ
In short, MAEdQ is for those connected in some way to education in galleries, libraries or museums – the GLAM sector.
MAEdQ was established in 2013, under Museums Australia Education special interest group. It has been established to develop a strong education network for the state, provide opportunities to connect with each other – online and face to face, share information, and enable specific professional development activities.
The Current Organising Committee is:
Janis Hanley, Ed Program Design, Coordinator
Catherine Gordon, Education Creations
Deannah Vieth, Museum and Galleries Queensland
Greg Sikich, St Lawrence’s College
Joan Kelly, Moreton Bay Regional Council
Justyne Wilson, Moreton Bay Regional Council
Amy Middleby, State Library of Queensland
Here’s more information on MAEdQ you’ll find on this page:
- Key Strategies
- Who are already a part of MAEdQ already?
- What type of institutions are part of MAEdQ?
- Key words around what MAEdQ is for
- Topics and types of activities for MAEdQ
- Beginnings of MAEdQ
1. Aims and Strategies
As a part of the Museums Australia Education special interest network, it shares the aims and strategies of the national Body, MAE – as relevant to a Queensland network.
- supports and advocates formal and informal learning and interpretation as core functions of museums and galleries
- facilitates the exchange of innovative practices, research and evaluation by its members
- engage in regular discussion and exchange of information about current issues concerning learning and interpretation in museums and galleries, e.g. life long learning, inclusivity, school curriculum, links with community, learning styles, authentic learning contexts.
- organise a challenging and stimulating professional development program for members
- increase active participation and membership
- publicise innovative and cutting edge practice
- encourage formal and informal dialogue with other relevant MA networks
- connecting with other related professional networks is key
2. Who is MAEdQ for?
- A key question in defining the aims and strategies of the group, is defining who it is for
- Many people may not relate to the term ‘educator’, since dealing with education may just be a small part of their role, but still need to be informed by a group/network of this nature
- Also, because museum education may only be a part of a person’s role, it is important there are connections made between MAEdQ and the other relevant professional networks – and even some synchronisation if possible, given people’s limited time available for professional development.
- Need to recognise differences in the group between large institutions where there may be a team of people are multi-skilled
- Even large institutions in Queensland are different to those down south where there’s a higher percentage of paid staff in institutions.
Who are already a part of MAEQ already?
- Museum curators, art gallery curators, learning/public program administrators, museum volunteers, art gallery volunteers, consultants, librarians, archivists, exhibition designers, education consultants, teachers, digital technology consultants, heritage professionals
What type of institutions are part of MAEdQ?
- State libraries, museums and galleries
- University museums and galleries
- Cultural heritage units, state and local government
- Council museums, libraries and art galleries
- Private museums and galleries
- Community museums and galleries
- Private consulting firms
- School (libraries/ archives)
Keywords for MAEdQ membership
- Peer to peer
- Don’t necessarily identify as ‘educators’
- Connect with other groups with a common target audience e.g.AICCM, ASA, Local Studies Librarians
- Relationship – connect
- Oral history
Topics and types of activities for MAEdQ:
- Virtual collections
- Professional development
- Going to places where you wouldn’t normally go
- Assist with new technologies like augmented reality and digital media
- history curriculum and other factors in education
- Support cutting edge involvement
- Seeing what each other is doing
- See how to help with particular aspects
- Awareness of projects and people
- Provide for regional
- Advocating learning
- Museums and galleries as a key voice in learning
- Resources for learning
- Enhance content
- Providing what teachers want
- Schools only do one excursion a year – often occurs in first term
- Engaging artists
- Meeting KPI
- How to meet school requirements
- Raising awareness in the community
- Supporting professional development of local museum volunteers
- More ideas for programs
- Recognising the value in museum education
- Adult learning
- Family learning
- Senior citizens
- Foreign students
Frequency of meetings/activities
- Roughly once a term- one of the meetings could be part of the SEQ small museums conference (Note: this year’s SEQ conference is scheduled for the weekend of Aug 22, and will have two venues- Dunwich and Cleveland
Background of MAEdQ
The Museums Australia Education Queensland network, MAEdQ, was started in October, 2013 at the SEQ Small Museums conference. It was founded by Janis Hanley, in 2012, the Musuems Australia Education committee representative for Queensland. By the end of the conference there were twenty-seven members, and the network has grown from there.
The initial Launch event was held 6th March 2014, with a start-up committee of Janis Hanley Ed Program Design, Cath Gordon EdCreations and Brendan Dahl, Museum of Brisbane. The event was kindly hosted by the Museum of Brisbane thanks to Brendan Dahl, and had an excellent turnout of twenty-five people. This was followed by the first Professional Development Day held at Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, thanks to the excellent organisation of Cath Gordon of EdCreations and Justyne Wilson of the Moreton Bay Regional Council.