Pictogram of a person wearing a mortar board and cheering - graduate by Adrien Coquet from the Noun ProjectHave you been craving some quick and easy ways to build your talent in interpretation? Looking for that perfect way to refresh your brain and inspire you to build powerful visitor experiences?

New online learning activities are here just in time! Four new activities released this week to help you flex your interpretive muscles:

Essential Theme Questions
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Investigate  how Essential Theme Questions help us explore difficult topics relevant to our site and our audience. Begin choosing Essential Theme Questions to use for your interpretive experiences.

Dialogic Questions

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Investigate how interpreters use Dialogic Questions to help visitors engage with a place, express themselves, and hear other visitors’ perspectives. Discover the elements of good dialogic questions.

Crafting Good
Story Arcs

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Explore how stories are structured for power and meaning. Discover the beats in the arc of a good story, and sort out some interpretive stories.

Making Safe Space
for Visitor Expression

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Explore how you can ask questions with honest and authentic curiosity. Learn about question intensity and how it shifts up and down a spectrum.

Screenshot of Star (Badges) icon in CLP "My Tools" menuEarn a Badge!

Each learning activity you complete will earn you a bronze badge. You can see all the badges you’ve earned so far by clicking the star icon in the “My Tools” menu on the right side of the Common Learning Portal.

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  1. Really enjoyed all these activities. They’ve been a great tool, not only to dive back into these skills, but also to recommend to others to hone a specific aspect of their program. I am looking forward to Finding Your Site’s Stories and Finding New Ways to Look at Old Places.


  2. These activities have been so useful to me as an interpreter (sharpening my skills), as an ACE trainer (great followup resource to give folks who have been through training), and as a supervisor (to introduce interpreters to ACE concepts and/or reinforce their knowledge)! The field-based examples and opportunities for sharing in these activities are thoughtful and effective at demonstrating the universal and diverse usefulness of ACE.


  3. Excellent activities, definitely recommending these to my rangers. The activities really help hone interpretive skills with an emphasis on ACE. Easy to manage and understand and accessible to even the beginning level interpreter.


  4. I can not say enough good things about these learning activities. They are a good self-check for myself, as well a good tool to point to others when coaching folks on a particular part of their submission on the Interpretation Feedback Community. I think the “Exploring Dialogic Questions activity” is especially useful to think about questions that are ORACLE – the only right answer comes from lived experience, that are also inviting, non-judgmental, inclusive, and generative! Seeing example questions and how they measure up to the above standards really helps me hone my own dialogic questions I ask during my programs!


  5. These activities are a good way to jump start your brain and all it’s interpretive power at the beginning of a season…or even in the middle when you want to try something new or are stuck in a rut! As a seasoned interpreter I even found myself finding new insights into the tools and my own programs.


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  8. Definitely an important resource for someone new to the interpretation world to utilize! These activities help me understand the why’s and how’s of why these methods are important to getting visitors to converse with us and one another. The real life examples are great!


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