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Tilden's 6 principles have remained useful to interpreters. Even the roots of the newest interpretive revolution in audience-centered experience reach back.
Understanding the strengths & limitations of different interpretive product types can enable a good match between audience, message, resource & interpreter.
The NPS Education Professional Competencies were updated in 2013 based on function (manager, developer, and facilitator) and organized by task.
An essential theme question is a building block of an audience-centered experience. Learn the qualities & some examples of good essential theme questions.
This handout provides a list of design principles, elements, considerations and best practices for creating or evaluating interpretive media.
Build a team, creating good work environment, developing a plan, advocating for programs, cultivating partnerships, and instituting a culture of learning.
Learn more about what it means to be an interpreter in the 21st century!
Interpreters use themes to cohesively develop ideas that say something important and powerful and, in doing so, provoke personal connections from audiences.
Expresses the importance in providing opportunities for people to explore ideas and meanings inherent in natural and cultural resources.
Instead of telling the audience all that they know, interpreters must select what may be the most compelling, or the Big Idea.
This course develops training and coaching skills for those who provide audience centered interpretive training in their parks.
This course focuses on the interpreter’s role as a facilitator of dialogue and collaboration and how to use these techniques in park programming.
This handbook helps enable Chiefs of I&E to navigate a variety of work elements, tasks, initiatives, personalities, systems, procedures, & organizations.
Successful interpretation enriches and enhances people’s experiences with heritage resources. It helps them explore personal meanings within a resource.
This competency describes how interpreters can continuously learn about, engage with, and build audience and community at their sites.
Use this easily browsable website to discover and develop world-class materials with a community of educators committed to diversity, equity and justice.
This lesson plan helps interpretive trainees examine the qualities of good audience centered questions, using sample questions they develop themselves.
This lesson plan helps trainees analyze an example of an audience centered experience to illustrate how ACE builds on a familiar foundation of skills.
Choosing and demonstrating Audience Centered Techniques is hard work but with the right technique you can elicit audience contribution.
This lesson plan guides interpretive trainees through activities and examples that investigate two types of audience centered questions.
This "The Why of ACE" lesson plan [PDF] helps learners explore why we do what we do, what value parks have for society, and new trends in interpretation.
Describes the knowledge, skills and abilities needed by NPS interpreters to plan and develop interpretive media.
Provides a reference for interpreters to identify familiar concepts within the Foundations document and provoke discussion of evolving terms and concepts.
This "Recognizing and Reducing Bias" lesson plan [PDF] explores our knowledge of self through the Johari's Window. It is targeted at a seasonal audience.
Tips to help you create better visual elements in your presentations - PowerPoint and otherwise.