The brains behind an exhibition

John Hawks, Oct 01, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Paleoanthropologist John Hawks compares the Wellcome Collection's recent "Brains: Mind as Matter" exhibition: The travels of a head whith his own blog and MOOC coverage. "[The] exhibition across three months had 105,000 visitors. Some blogs will compare favorably to those numbers -- for almost no investment of resources. My MOOC will be on this scale, again for vastly less money spent." Yes, the traveling exhibit and the blog and MOOC do different things. "Online activity can be vastly broader in terms of total visitors and international reach. Museum exhibitions can reach more deeply." But they are comparable. They have the same sort of purpose.

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