Continuing my MOOC journey

So it’s the end of the academic year, everyone is making that final trip home or stepping glamorously onto the steps of a Ryanair plane. But that’s not me just yet, because I am the type of person who walks into the university bookshelf or a Waterstones store and picks up five or six books to read when I only went in for one. So I have stayed at Coventry for just a little bit longer so I can read in peace at our fantastic library.

So just like my love of books, I am continuing my love for online learning by taking two new online courses to accompany the three i’ve already completed over the past year.  From Futurelearns vast database of categorised courses I have selected ‘What is Youth Social Action?’ and ‘Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum’. I am only half way through the first week but already I have used the comments section religiously to discuss what ‘museum’ means and why youth social action is of interest to me. Conversing with not just the course leaders but your online course mates is such an important part of the learning process as it allows you to understand both sides of an opinion and consider points you may have missed. I do so enjoy learning new things when I can and keeping my brain active, so I thought i’d share some information on what I have learnt so far so that perhaps you will learn something new.

Youth Social Action

  • The definition of youth social action is “young people taking practical action in the service of others in order to create positive social change that is of benefit to the wider community as well as the young person themselves”.
  • This has a double benefit, for the young person and their community.
  • Good youth social action has structured volunteering designed to improve their practical and social skills (arguable perhaps?).
  • There are six principles of quality youth social action that are: Challenging, Reflective, Youth-led, Progressive, Socially impactful, Embedded
  • But do these six principles work?


21st Century Museums

  • The importance of flexibility of routes within a museum, also what implications this can have on managing the flow of visitors
  • How Liverpool museum uses sensory exhibits to accomplish informative yet fun family events
  • What does ‘museum’ mean to us? I argued that there is a difference between traditional museums and modern museums
  • Whether to embrace technological advancements.
  • It needs to look open.



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