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Online Course: Museum Education and Outreach

June 5 - June 27

| $195 - $295

At their heart, regardless of type or size, museums are educational organizations. This course is about how we can facilitate visitors’ meaningful and memorable experiences in the informal environments of museums. SMALL MUSEUM PRO_Layout 2

Details: 

This class is now full. Please see our Continuing Education calendar for future offerings.

Dates: June 5- July 31, 2017

Cost: $195 AASLH Members/ $295 Nonmembers

This class is now full. Please see our Continuing Education calendar for future offerings.

At their heart, regardless of type or size, museums are educational organizations. This course is about how we can facilitate visitors’ meaningful and memorable experiences in the informal environments of museums.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe the characteristics and learning needs of various museum audiences
  • summarize what we know about learning in museums
  • assess the strengths and weaknesses of interpretive techniques and program approaches
  • utilize a system for planning, operating, and evaluating museum educational programs
  • access resources to assist you in future development of effective learning experiences

Possible topics include:

  • Week 1: Our Memorable Museum Learning Experiences
  • Week 2: Museum Audiences: Characteristics and Needs, and Learning
  • Week 3: Interpretation Strengths, Weaknesses, and Best Practices
  • Week 4: Organizing of Museum Education and Outreach
  • Week 5: Education Program Planning, Management, and Evaluation
  • Week 6: Developing Programs for Youths, Families, and Adults
  • Week 7: Managing Museum Education Staff and Volunteers
  • Week 8: Action Plan for Future Programming at your Museum

Required text: Anna Johnson, Kimberly A. Huber, Nancy Cutler, Melissa Bingmann and Tim Grove. The Museum Educator’s Manual: Educators Share Successful Techniques. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2009 (Paperback ISBN 13: 978-0-7591-1167-7) (About $27.00).

 This class is now full. Please see our Continuing Education calendar for future offerings.

Who should attend:

This course is a beginning level course designed for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries with historical collections who have little to no experience with developing education programs and goals for museums.
 
Successful completion of this course will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro certificate from AASLH.

Faculty:

Tanya Brock is one who tends to take leaps and jumps rather than the straight path. Her career has spanned museum education, visitor services, exhibit planning, historical research, and community partner liaison. Whether teaching food preservation classes or designing and running the nation’s first functioning historical brewery or running a brewpub co-op, her passion has always been centered on food—its power to unite and act as a storyteller for communities.

Her education is a patchwork of cultural anthropology, food preservation, heritage interpretation, and museum administration. This background has built a foundation of various perspectives from which she draws from when designing programs. Over a 20-year period she has worked with audiences of all sizes, ages, and backgrounds yet believes at the end of the day, it is the guest who drives the conversation and the experience.