A carefully crafted and well-executed interpretive talk provides visitors with a chance to explore what a site means to them. Providing visitors with the opportunity to connect both emotionally and intellectually to resource meanings deepens visitors’ experiences and helps lead to resource preservation. This course will walk you through practical steps for creating an effective interpretive talk.
This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need. While exploring course content, learners can investigate topics in greater detail through enrichment activities that link to real-world examples, original source materials, and policy documents. Learners can easily move from section to section as they navigate through the course, revisiting concepts as needed.
Elements of the course:
- Informational text
- Interactive practice activities
- Learn More opportunitites
- Informal assessment quizzes
- Supplemental reference materials
- Final assessment
After completing all course activities, you will complete a brief assessment to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
- Knowledge of the Resource
- Knowledge of the Audience
- Topics, Goals, Objectives, and Themes
- Assemble the Program
- Putting the Pieces Together
Be able to:
- Identify methods to gather accurate information about the site and the audience.
- Identify techniques that are appropriate for the audience, resource or site, and the interpreter, including methods to engage with the audience and respond to a range of needs.
- Recognize opportunities for visitors to connect emotionally and intellectually to resource meanings.
- Select goals and objectives that support site significance and personal relevance.
- Select themes, points, and transitions that cohesively develop a relevant idea.
- Identify strategies for evaluating delivery skills and improving program effectiveness.
Successfully completing the free Foundations of Interpretation course provides essential background information for this course.