Introduction to Dialogic Interpretation

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Explore a new approach to interpretation – dialogic interpretation. This course discusses three methods interpreters are using to present dialogic programs to visitors and guests.





This course provides an explanation of what dialogic interpretation is and then explores three approaches to this 21st century interpretive technique: Audience-Centered Experiences, Mission-Based Dialogue, and Visitor-Centered Interpretation.

For organizations and interpreters who are interested in integrating more audience-focused techniques into their interpretive programs, this course will provide information on how to do this.

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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
  • Real life examples
  • 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

  • Evolution of Interpretation
  • Audience-Centered Experiences
  • Mission-Based Dialogue
  • Visitor-Centered Interpretation
  • Conclusion

Be able to:

  • Define dialogic interpretation.
  • Recognize the three approaches to dialogic interpretation discussed in this course.

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.


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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