AIM715 - Digital Interpretation


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

4 x 2.5-hour classes/field trips and 4 x 2-hour online seminars during the trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 4 scheduled online seminars.


This unit addresses the ethical challenges of shaping public knowledge of cultural heritage via digital interpretation — grounded in the concepts of significance, authenticity and learning.

In it we will study how museums and heritage sites have engaged with the opportunities afforded by the ‘digital revolution’. We will look into the early history of this engagement to understand the debates that developed around the introduction of digital media in museums. We will look into current practices and seek to understand how they are changing our understanding both of heritage and the cultural institutions that are charged with identifying, preserving and displaying it. We will do so by critically examining theories of interpretation before exploring a range of applications, in different institutional contexts and in different countries through reading and by visiting different sites.

Finally, we will seek to use our new knowledge and understanding to develop an imaginary brief that encapsulates best practice for one aspect of this new world heritage institutions find themselves in – the development of a multimedia interactive.

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