Knowing and Connecting to Your Audience

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The visitor is sovereign. Interpreters may hear this very basic but very important concept many times during the course of their career. What does it mean? It means that each visitor or guest brings a unique level of knowledge, interest, and care each time they visit a site.

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The visitor is sovereign. Interpreters may hear this very basic but very important concept many times during the course of their career. What does it mean? It means that each visitor or guest brings a unique level of knowledge, interest, and care each time they visit a site. Visitors are free to choose the meaning of the resource for themselves. Your job as an interpreter is to help them uncover this meaning, not to tell them what it is.

The guests for whom you interpret not only arrive at your site with differing levels of knowledge and interest; they arrive with different backgrounds, cultures, and life experiences, all of which make them see your site in different ways.

This course will help interpreters at all levels of experience manage audiences and interpret with sensitivity and respect for audiences with a wide variety of backgrounds.

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Course Schedule

This course is self-paced allowing you flexibility in the time needed to complete the course. You decide the order and progression you’d like to take, allowing you to revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Interactive activities
  • Learn More opportunities
  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Informal assessment quizzes
  • Final assessment

Following the course, you will complete an assessment which requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Getting to Know Your Audience
  • Audience Groups
  • Engaging Your Audience
  • Conclusion

Be able To

After completing this course, you will have the ability to:

  • Compare characteristics of audiences from diverse backgrounds, noting features like age, nationality, ability, and culture.
  • Describe how to gain relevant knowledge about various audiences.
  • Discuss different techniques appropriate for interpreting for unique audiences.
  • Recognize ways to manage your audience.
    • Recommended Background

      It is recommended that students taking this course have experience in interpretation. There are no required prerequisites, but it is recommended that students complete the free Foundations of Interpretation course prior to taking this one.

      FAQ

      Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

      No additional resources are required for this course.

      Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

      Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

      Why should I take this course?

      Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

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