As many are heading back to school and wrapping up their summers, AMT Lab is taking a short break as we transition staff and start gearing up for another year of research and arts+tech content. Stay tuned--on queue we have several great interviews, white papers, and articles that we are really excited to share!
See you soon,
Jackie Shimshoni, Interim Editor in Chief
Digital badges are an alternative method of credentialing that can identify specific skills a learner has mastered through the course of their own self-directed learning. Badges can be acquired in online, in-class, or apprenticeship learning settings. In spite of the great potential that digital badges offer for distinguishing an individual’s job-specific credentials, work must be done to make them more widely understood.
AMT Lab's latest publication, The Future of Micro-Credentialing: An Overview of Digital Badges for the Arts, is meant to be a guide for hiring managers in the arts that: defines what digital badging is; explains suggested taxonomies of digital badges; reviews the acquisition process; introduces initiatives to standardize and create accreditation; compares viewpoints on strengths and weaknesses compared to the traditional learning accreditation model; demonstrates the need for digital badges as a credential; suggests other considerations for using digital badges in the hiring of employees.
When discussing the future of the arts, many professionals and studies have stated that the manner in which audiences consume arts and culture is rapidly changing--and has already changed. The Internet has been the most notable new space for consuming culture, providing both opportunities and challenges through widespread and instant information sharing. Over the past several years, AMT Lab has documented the various web-based arts experiences that are becoming readily available--usually including lessons and best practices that managers can take away for their own practice. This week’s TBT rounds them up into a user-friendly toolbox of online arts experiences of various artistic mediums.
Whether working in digital or traditional channels, quantifying impact and engagement is a challenge. Often, it is difficult to find the causal link between marketing efforts and programmatic success. It can also be confusing to figure out how to effectively use Google Analytics, which, when mastered, can be used as a tool to identify successful communication strategies and observe user behavior.
Our latest publication, From Strategy to Analysis: A Guide to Navigating Google Analytics, gives arts managers a potential solution. Drawing parallels to the scientific method, this paper gives a complete step-by-step process using a theoretical case study organization to illustrate how an arts manager can use Google Analytics to achieve their organizational goals.
AMT Lab’s content ranges from case studies to radio shows, reviews to research-based publications. It's a research outlet for those working and learning in the arts management and technology sector.
Current features research updates from AMT Lab contributors, case studies of arts organizations employing innovative technological approaches, and news summaries of developments affecting the field.
Dialogues features interviews with leading arts management professionals on technological trends, challenges, and innovations, including AMT Lab radio shows.
Reviews profiles apps, software, and other products relevant to the arts industry.