Education is an important part of nearly every university museum’s mission. Yes, these are tough times, you feel the need to cut costs and nobody is coming into the museum to learn. There’s a virus that’s paralyzed much of the world, including your institution.
If you can, you should keep your educators. Yes, they can’t teach anyone in person right now, but they can work to create permanent assets—engaging online courses to share with the public. With a combination of video, text and quizzes, online courses can and should be built and deployed.
This can be a part of the short and long term plans for museums that are closed and struggling with the current crisis. Courses are clear understandable projects that can appeal to funders—get sponsors for your courses! If they keep educators employed and produce value for the public and the museum, why would you not do that?
What’s your opinion?