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Audience Centered Experience Interpretation Workbook

Overview

This course of self-study can take you from novice to Audience Centered Experience ACE!

The Audience Centered Experience (ACE) approach to interpretation allows parks to become places where visitors can not only learn and enjoy, but also gain skills in critical thinking, problem solving, innovation, global awareness and scientific literacy. Rather than traditional one-sided presentations, modern park interpreters are using ACE techniques to adapt how they prepare and deliver programs and media products to meet the needs of the ever-changing public.

Sample pages from the ACE workbookDownload a complete PDF of the workbook, print yourself a copy and work through it at your own pace.

Additional Resources

You can find many more resources on the fundamentals of ACE interpretation and helping audiences form their own deep connections with resources in the sections below, which mirror much of the ACE Workbook’s structure and offer you space to discuss with your peers:

Looking For More on Audience Centered Experiences?

Interpretive Leadership button - a pictogram ranger leading a group of other rangers higherYou can find links to seasonal lesson plans which support this emerging skill set in the Audience Centered Experience Trainers’ Guide.

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  1. I stumbled on this a while back and have only finally been able to work on my own workbook. I’ve been (almost desperately) wanting to attend the in-person ACE course for quite some time but various things have prevented me from doing so. But at least with the workbook and resource materials, I can do some self-study and explore the ACE concepts as I’m able to.

    This is definitely for someone who can learn and study from printed/digital materials and doesn’t need classroom instruction. I haven’t looked yet, but if a group exists for ACE discussions, it might be useful to have a link to that forum so if someone needs to, they can get feedback as they work through the materials.

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  2. This workbook and the associated lesson plans are great tools to use while putting together seasonal training. It walks through everything you need to introduce the new ideas and principles and make the shift from traditional interpretation to more audience-centered interpretation with your staff.

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  3. We used this workbook and the trainer’s guide to help build the audience centered aspects of our seasonal training in 2017. We provided specific pages for staff, built sessions around the 4 truths, changing interpretation, and knowledge of self.

    In addition, staff watched the great Pop-up example from Corinne at DEWA and used the pop-up development pages to start creating their own, during a training session.

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  4. Great resource! I have been trying to take the ACE Forging Connections course but have not been able to find a class that worked with my schedule. This helped quite a bit to gain a better perspective of what ACE is and how to best use these techniques. I am recommending this for all of my staff to look over and we plan to utilize it more for annual seasonal training.

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