Project: T522 Virtual Gallery
In the fall of 2020, the Harvard Graduate School of Education went full remote with their Technology in Education Master’s program. I was hired as a Teaching Fellow on the T522: Innovation by Design teaching team to assist the professor in adapting the course’s normally in-person experience to a virtual one. I coached graduate students through the development of their educational technology prototypes.
For the culminating showcase, I created a virtual “gallery” on the visual collaboration platform, Miro.com. Students were able to display their final projects and view and engage in each other’s work asynchronously. We also hosted a live “gala” over Zoom where we “walked” through the galleries together in small groups. Students were prompted to leave feedback for each other and were entertained by Easter eggs hidden by the teaching team.
I leveraged the affordances of the technology, Miro.com, to provide a collaborative virtual space that students could populate within a framework and that visitors could wander and engage with. I drew inspiration and design elements from some templates of past conference rooms and art shows that were shared on the Miroverse.
My design concept was heavily influenced by my experience as a volunteer at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The galleries there are designed to engage visitors in making their own personal connections with the artwork and the space. Although a guided approach is provided, it is not intended to be a linear experience. The courtyard is at the heart of the museum and is a place where visitors can reflect and relax after exploring the wings. There is a lounge, a café, and a theatre in the Gardner Museum.
I designed with the students and teaching team. If I had had more time, I would have grouped the Exhibit Rooms visually – perhaps by colored “carpets” – to show that they were connected by theme, or Affinity Group. I think that the external visitors experience could be improved as well.
Explore the galleries at this link: https://miro.com/app/board/o9J_ldmsIS4=/