First Day of Class


  • Meeting next week at 9:00am at the New Jersey State Museum
  • Need cell numbers from each of you for travel forms
  • How many of you drive?


Let’s go around the room and introduce ourselves; name, year, what do you hope to get from this course?


Let’s review the syllabus

Next Week

Map to NJSM

  • 8:30 am – meet at AIMM 222
  • 8:40 am – Drive over to NJSM
  • 9 am to noon – TCNJ class time at NJSM (STEAM Center reserved on EMS)
  • 9 am to 9:30 am – Beth C. introduces NJSM covering mission, history, audience and how exhibitions are realized.
  • 9:30 am to 10:30 am – Paula presents Collections Management with possible tour of compact storage
  • 10:30 am to noon – Mark Thompson teaches rest of class in STEAM Center
  • noon – drive back to TCNJ


Open Content & Big Data

  • Create a Google Drive presentation and name is “Design Notebook”
  • Read  The “Open” Economy: filling the data pipeline in TreadsWatch 2015 pp. 9-14
  • Read  Data is the New Oil in TreadsWatch 2014 pp. 24-31
  • Read Open Content in the 2012 Horizon Report Museum Edition pp. 23-26
  • Create a slide and name it “Open Content & Big Data”
  • From the museum exhibition examples described in the reading, which ones do you find most interesting? Write a paragraph or two describing the exhibits and why they appeal to you.

NJSM Cultural History Collections

  • Review the New Jersey State Museum Pretty Big Things & Civil War Flags Exhibition pages and the exhibition labels linked to on the Syllabus.
  • Create another slide in your Design Notebook and title it “NJSM Cultural History Collections”
  • Think about your reading on open content & big data and how it might be used to enhance the Pretty Big Things and/or Civil War Flags exhibits. Write a paragraph or two outlining your ideas.

Submitting Your Work

This week’s homework assignment is due next week before class. When you’ve completed them, post a comment on this page (First Day of Class), including a link to your Design Notebook.