Review on the Educational Possibilities of The Virtual Museum as Online Learning Environments

온라인 학습환경으로서 가상박물관(Virtual Museum)의 가능성에 대한 탐구

  • 강인애 (경희대학교 문화예술교육공학) ;
  • 설연경 (경희대학교 문화예술교육공학)
  • Received : 2010.01.05
  • Accepted : 2010.03.22
  • Published : 2010.04.28


As digital technologies have strongly impacted the whole social aspects, so museum recently emerging as an alternative or supplementary learning environment to school, after active adoption to the technologies, gave birth to museum websites called 'Virtual Museums' which, then, result in enhancing the educational roles and functions of physical museum. In this context, this study aimed to review the process of how virtual museum has been developed in terms of its educational roles and characteristics in accordance with the evolutionary development of web. Especially, the analysis of the status quo of the current virtual museums in both Korea and overseas presented specific aspects of the educational elements and roles embedded in virtual museum which have been emphasized in many related research and studies. The categories of the roles of the virtual museum, as a result, were classified into 'digital archive,' 'learning resources,' and 'communigy,' each of which were, then, further elaborated for its individual educational uses. Eventually this study purposed to expand the public awareness and knowledge of virtual museum as the alternative online learning environments needed in the 21st century.


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