MOOC on Digital Art & Culture

An Open Online Course about identification, documentation and conservatory understanding of digital art and culture

June 4th to  October 19th 2014

The BUA-MOOC on Digital Art and Culture provides insight into the digital net culture, the aspects of its historical development and its current challenges. MOOC means Massive Open Online Course and is a public learning format, which is accessible via internet for free to whom it may concern.

The BUA-MOOC on Digital Art and Culture shows where Digital Art and Culture can be found on the net and how it actually looks like. It explains how “digital culture” (as art) can be read and learnt and how this engagement in artistic works and interventions help us understand contemporary art.

Theoretical inputs and fundamental techniques like identification and documentation, as well as, applied approaches to preservation will be presented. The MOOC illustrates the important stages in the digital lifecycle, production, reception and preservation, clearly showing how, where and with whom the introduced issues are debated.

The BUA-MOOC is divided into three thematic sections

Finding & Identifying artistic & cultural activities on the Internet.

  • Identifying places on the internet where digital culture can be found
  • Learning how to qualify relevance and understanding the basic structure of digital curation & preservation lifecycles
  • Learning from examples and case studies of others

Reading & Documenting artistic & cultural activities of digital art and culture.

  • Reading technologies – approaching to web-based content from the users side
  • Identification tools and technologies
  • Describing and documenting experiences in a clearly structured and reproducible way

Living & Understanding artistic & cultural activities.

  • Database based artworks / Artistic Examples
  • Maintaining and safe-guarding of complex digital objects
  • Databases to store knowledge on cultural heritage objects

The MOOC shows the state of the art and presents different perspectives, techniques and level of depths. Apart from general reference materials and an overview of information portals, journals and platforms, individual exercises are available to revise your daily work practices. Helpful tools and standards e.g. CIRDOC CRM are introduced.

Course Structure

The MOOC is open from June 4th to October 19th 2014. During the course case studies and other research activities can be presented. Collaboration in smaller learning groups is intended.

Webinars: We will start with a series of 3 live online seminars (webinars) (90-min). The three online seminars (webinars) introduce the three thematic sections with the use of input presentations. Subsequent to the presentations a moderated discussion takes place, where the questions posted by the audience over the virtual seminar chat room, are addressed and discussed.

Date: June 4th, 5th and 6th 2014 each at 04:30 pm

Access: online

Technical requirements: Web browser and Internet connection, speakers/headphones.

No pre-registration necessary.

When entering the room you will be asked to provide your name.

Online Videos

The contents of the webinars are extracted and bundled into short video sequences and then each set of extract made available successively. The contents are linked to youtube and the MOOC website:

Advanced online course

After the webinars an e-learning platform gives you the opportunity to enhance the acquired knowledge. For this purpose the e-learning platform provides comprehensive references, which are regularly updated and amended during the MOOCs.

Instructions for the Login

Target Audience

The MOOC is aimed at anyone involved in the fields of culture and/or media, whereby the focus is clearly set on rather classical art works. The core aim is to address questions on conservation.

Condition of participation

Access is free of charge, no previous knowledge required. It is solely your decision when and what you look up online and how actively you want take part.

Course registration and enrolment is now open. Enrolled users will receive timely reminders on webinars and will be updated and informed of any alterations.

Additional Information

Courses are held in English.