Introduction to Heritage Interpretation

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Introduction to Heritage Interpretation, an entry level interpretation course, reviews the current state-of-the-art in interpretive philosophy, techniques and services, based on "outcome based" interpretation. The course centers around Tilden's Interpretive Principles, and developing interpretive themes and objectives for any interpretive program, tour, exhibit or service.

Upon completion of this course participants will:

  • Have a working knowledge of Tilden's Interpretive Principles.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Model of Interpretation.
  • Will have developed proficiency in:
  • Developing and writing interpretive themes.
  • Developing and writing interpretive objectives (learn, feel, do) in understanding how visitors learn and remember in heritage settings.
  • Develop a solid understanding of the interpretive planning process for live/conducted interpretive walks, tours or programs.
  • Acquire practical applications of interpretive program and tour presentation skills.
  • Being able to use the interpretive planning model for planning/developing interpretive media to include: interpretive panels, interpretive exhibits, audio interpretation media, self-guiding media.
  • Basics of interpretive writing.
  • Simple techniques for evaluation (self-evaluation) of interpretive programs and services you present.

Instructor: John Veverka

Course Start Date: July 2, 2018

Duration: 4 weeks