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Learn more about what it means to be an interpreter in the 21st century!
The Audience Centered Experience (ACE) approach to interpretation allows parks to gain skills in critical thinking, problem solving, innovation, global awareness and scientific literacy.
This article encourages interpreters to communicate a variety of relevant meanings and values to their audiences as times evolve and change.
This competency describes how interpreters can continuously learn about, engage with, and build audience and community at their sites.
This easy-to-read chart outlines the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of techniques for facilitated dialogue.
What interests you? What do you love learning about? Building Audience Centered Experiences (ACE) is all about how curious we are
This competency describes the skills for designing visitor experience through collaboration, knowledge of medium and technique, analysis and iteration.
Dialogic questions are the heartbeat of audience-centered experiences. Here are guidelines and examples of dialogic questions.
An essential theme question is a building block of an audience-centered experience. Learn the qualities & some examples of good essential theme questions.
The Facilitated Dialogue Coaching Form is for use by supervisors and peer coaches to assess facilitated dialogue as an interpretive experience.
Foundations of Interpretation
In 1975, Freeman Tilden, the author of "Interpreting Our Heritage" and pioneer in the field of Interpretation, shared his hopes for the American Bicentennial.
This handout helps explain the four phases of the Arc of Dialogue model of interpretation, moving interpreters through each phase.
Explains the components of facilitated dialogue and includes a suite of techniques interpreters can use to elicit audience input and expression.
The History Relevance Campaign is a diverse group of history professionals posing questions about what makes the past relevant today.
Learn how organizations can benefit from diversity when women and underrepresented minorities are not just hired but are included in the culture.
Ground-breaking report, published in 2011 by OAH, examines National Park Service's "aspiration to become the nation's largest outdoor history classroom."
Here is a short reminder of the many ways interpreters and educators can gather knowledge about their audiences through informal methods.
Interprecon is an online learning experience focused on interpretation and education featuring exciting talks presented by field-based practitioners across the NPS and beyond.
This lesson helps participants define engagement techniques, audience centered techniques, and facilitation methods, and develop their own ACT toolboxes.
The outlined sessions may be used to construct training which introduces staff to the concepts of personal bias and increasing their emotional intelligence.
Participants will gain and use knowledge of diverse audiences to shape the development of an array of opportunities for audiences and visitors to connect with meanings.
Essential Questions based on thematic relevant ideas enable interpreters to better engage modern visitors and encourage connections to site resources.
An introduction for staff to the three-fold goal of interpretation and helps staff imagine how their interactions with visitors helps support these goals.
Guides trainees to identify good skills they already use, and consider how to build from there to include more audience centered strategies.
New online learning activities have recently been released: Choosing Essential Theme Questions, Exploring Dialogic Questions, Crafting Good Story Arcs, & Making Safe Space for Visitor Expression.
The following draft elements of success were created by the Interpretation And Education Peer Feedback Community in September 2016.
Successful interpretation enriches and enhances people’s experiences with heritage resources. It helps them explore personal meanings within a resource.
Describes how interpreters and educators develop critical self-awareness of values and bias as a means to better communicate with diverse audiences.
This competency describes how interpreters and educators embrace site research and continuous collaborative learning about the relevance of their sites.
Defines the core values statements of the History Relevance Campaign and the seven principles of history that drive the efforts of the Campaign.
Provides a reference for interpreters to identify familiar concepts within the Foundations document and provoke discussion of evolving terms and concepts.
This worksheet is designed to help field rangers brainstorm, craft and revise dialogic interpretive experiences.