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.
Download a complete PDF of the workbook, print yourself a copy and work through it at your own pace [updated Fall 2020].
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:
- 21st Century Interpretation – The Shift and the Practice
- The Roots of Interpretation – Good Stories Well-Told
- Tilden’s Six Principles – The History of Meaning Making
- Rethinking “Content” – The Four Truths
- Essential Theme Questions – The Big Juicy So-Whats
- Dialogic Questions – “You” Questions for Audience Contribution
- The Arc of Dialogue – A Strategy for Scaffolding ACE Questions
- The MuseumHack Ethic – Traffic Light Experience Scaffolding
- Pop-Up Experiences – Short, Tasty and Meaningful Interactions
- ACE Interpretive Bingo – Starting Conversations about Our Work
- Recognizing and Reducing Bias – Looking through Johari’s Window
- Why Interpretation and Design?
- Techniques for ACE – Making Questions Easier to Answer
- Positive – Provisional – Specific – Quality
Looking For More on Audience Centered Experiences?
You can find links to seasonal lesson plans which support this emerging skill set in the Audience Centered Experience Trainers’ Guide.