About the Project

About the Project

Covid-19 has led to a rush by museums and collections to digitise and to create digital content, in parallel with a dramatic shift to online and hybrid teaching and learning by universities. This rapidly accelerates and expands activity that was already in progress, building on existing and long-standing work, but with many new features.

Members of the University Museums in Scotland (UMIS) group have initiated a joint research project, supported by funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).As neither museums nor universities were prepared for this sudden change, this project is carrying out high quality research at speed. It is exploring the opportunities, capacity and barriers for digital engagement with collections, interoperability between institutions and evaluate the impact of collections-based university teaching that has been pushed to on-line and digital delivery.

By capturing case studies and good practice relating to online teaching and learning with digitised collections we hope to offer much-needed support to museums and universities.