New Collaborations Initiative

Q: How can we leverage the work of learning organizations outside our usual spheres to inform and enhance our own work and reach new audiences?

A: The New Collaborations Initiative. This initiative brings to life the NMC value of cross-sector idea sharing as a way to stimulate new projects, new partnerships, and new ways of thinking within the NMC and its partners and affiliates. As part of this initiative, the NMC actively seeks “fellow traveler” organizations and ways to leverage the work of such organizations with ours, using a broad frame in that analysis.

Among the impacts of this approach have been new member categories and specialized projects and programs for museums, research centers, and foundations, as well as formal linkages with organizations like ECAR, ELI, CNI, CoSN, MERLOT, CATS, the Digital Storytelling Institute, Linden Lab, and Global Kids .

Some of the NMC’s largest and most impactful projects, including the Pachyderm Project, the Marcus Digital Arts Education Project, the Steve in Action Project, the MacArthur Series on Digital Media and Learning, and the NMC/Economist Magazine Future of Higher Education Project are all part of this initiative.

Sparking innovation, learning and creativity.
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Identifying the impact of emerging technologies.
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The Edward and Betty Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts (MIDEA) provides timely, succinct and practical knowledge about emerging technologies that museums can use to advance their missions.
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The largest educational presence in any virtual world, involving more than 150 colleges and universities and a very active community of educators that numbers nearly 12,000.
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