A sneak peek into the CultureMoves MOOC

For those interested in the re-use of content, especially dance, and Europeana, CultureMoves has been developing a MOOC that will help you master these topics. Through the development of a MOOC, key stakeholders will explore Europeana content and have an opportunity to further explore the project's tools. The MOOC will include eight lessons that will have four episodes and promote the transfer of knowledge. It will be a cost-effective and sustainable solution to encourage the reuse of Europeana and dance content.
The CultureMoves MOOC offers a series of activities for learners at different stages, ranging from undergraduates to PGR students, to showcase and encourage uptake of the CultureMoves tools. The activities will enable learners to engage with and explore digital Europeana content, in order to build / curate mini-collections and stories and use these as a springboard to encourage the development of dance sequences and phrases.  Learners will be encouraged to critically engage with and discuss the intersections between culture, dance, tourism and digital technologies, with a particular focus on dance in unconventional spaces and in relation to touristic landmarks. Reading lists and links to other tools, materials and resources are also available. Assignments will include philosophical and theoretical discussions, practical questions and tasks, reviews to check learning and a discussion forum.
The four modules included in the MOOC are:
  •  General Overview of Cultural Heritage, Intangible Cultural Heritage and Annotation
  •  Dance and Site
  •  Im/material Cultural Heritage – Costumes, Masks and Museums
  •  Early Dance Module: Collaboration with Early Dance Circle and Chalemie (UK) with guest tutors Barbara Segal and Sharon Butler
Coventry University has been developing the module and each are varied in content, readings and tasks. A module on annotation for cultural heritage will teach learners how to find, reuse and engage with content in online repositories. We take dance content as a case study to critically reflect on the topics of preservation, documentation and transmission. In the module on dance and site, we introduce learners to various models of site-dance practice and the intersection of dance and cultural heritage sites through the lens of creative tourism.  The im/material cultural heritage module considers the relationships of dance and material cultural heritage when dance enters the site of the museum, emphasizing dance as well as artifacts such as masks and costumes in art historical and archeological museums.

For the Early Dance Module where a collaboration with the Early Dance Circle and Chalemie took place.  This module provides an introduction to Baroque dance focused on its more formal couple dances, rather than its professional, stage and comedic (more virtuosic) sides, or its rich & various heritage of country dances involving sets of dancers. Historical dance often happens in historical buildings and other cultural heritage sites. This module will look at the dancing but also consider the historical dance notation, its costumes and offer students a chance to learn the basics of Baroque dancing.

The CultureMoves team also worked closely with Maria Polodeanu from Reel Master Productions to produce the films that will be featured in the Early Dance Module. The films will be published on the CultureMoves Youtube channel and will be available for participants of the MOOC in late 2019.
If you are keen to learn more about the CultureMoves MOOC, then please do get in touch with the team.