What’s the first rule of Computer Club – talk about Computer Club!

Carolyn Royston, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, United States, Simon Delafond, Imperial War Museums, UK

Who wants to spend their lunch hour learning about technology? Actually, lots of people!

In an effort to get staff excited about digital technology, the Digital team at Imperial War Museums launched Computer Club in 2013. The museum-wide initiative aims to develop digital awareness and raise skills, but in a relaxed, friendly and non-training-like environment.

For the Digital Media department, the Club is an important part of a wider digital strategy that includes ways to increase the confidence and digital capability of staff so they are able to embed digital instinctively in their work.

This practical workshop, led by Carolyn Royston and Simon Delafond from the IWM Digital Media department, is about how you can set up and run a Computer Club in your organisation, regardless of size or type of institution. We’ll do some practical activities that will take you through the process of how to set up a Club, design sessions, work out resource requirements, promote and run a session, and evaluate its success.

By the end of this workshop you will be ready to go back to your organisation armed with ideas for sessions generated by you and your peers, an understanding of the practicalities and realities of running a programme like Computer Club in a museum setting and hopefully the confidence and enthusiasm to give it a go.

Participants that would benefit from this workshop are those looking to start similar programs in their institutions, that are interested in raising digital awareness and capability, and building advocacy for digital in your organisation.

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