How can you tell something’s working? Where does it need improvement?
The Interpretive Wheel model is a tool to help you know what to look for in Audience Centered Experiences. The four categories help to describe the observable elements of 21st century interpretation. Every Audience Centered Experience has a mixture of the four elements. An individual experience may lean more heavily on a particular element, but all four should be present, with all participants (interpreter AND visitor, in person OR not) contributing to each element.
Want to Build Your Skills?
Maybe you’ve been trying your hand at Audience Centered Experiences for a while. Maybe this is all new to you. No matter where you are in your interpretive journey, there’s always room to grow.
We’ve got you covered! Below, you’ll find learning activities that will help you to stretch and grow, build your skills, and get started crafting experiences right away.
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Mapping the ACE Wheel to the Competencies
But what about the competencies described in the Foundations of Interpretation? The Interpretive Wheel model was designed to help you build your skills and recognize success as you craft 21st century interpretive experiences. These categories are based off of the description of success from the Foundations documents, but are a little easier to wrap your hands around. How do they align?
|The “…Tells a Great Story” and “…Grapples with a Sticky Problem” quadrants of the Interpretive Wheel help to build your skills in the Site Research & Relevance competency. These parts of the wheel focus on how you find the stories we tell, how you encourage others’ perspectives as we explore our sites, and how you can tie your interpretive experiences to relevant issues.|
|The “…Invites Sharing” and “…Learns From & With Others” quadrants of the Interpretive Wheel help exercise your skills in the Building Audience and Community competency. These parts of the wheel focus on how you interact with visitors, how you create spaces that welcome their expression, and how you value their perspectives.|
|All four of the parts of the wheel help you build your skills in the Self-Awareness & Bias and Designing Visitor Experience competencies. These skill sets are crosscutting in a few ways. Each element of the wheel helps you reflect not only on what you do, but how your perspectives and biases influence your works as an interpreter. Each element of the wheel is also crucial as you craft experiences for visitors within your park.|
|A Rubric to Test Your ACE Products…
Wondering if the experience you’ve crafted hits the mark? Want to see how well you’ve built your skills? Excited to share your newest experiment in Audience Centered interpretation? Start using the ACE / 21st Century Interpretation Rubric created by field interpreters just like you!