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[Online Course] Museum Education and Outreach

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

 Export to Your Calendar 3/25/2018 to 5/26/2018
When: March 25, 2018 - May 26, 2018
Where: United States
Presenter: Tanya Brock
Contact: Natalie Flammia
615.320.3203


Online registration is available until: 3/25/2018
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At their heart, regardless of type or size, museums are engaging, dynamic places of education. This course is about how we can facilitate visitors’ meaningful and memorable experiences in the informal environments of museums. This course requires regular check-ins, sharing and commenting on peer work, and participation in scheduled live chats. Various assignments are made throughout the course to allow for regular feedback and dialogue. While work can be done at your own pace, meeting deadlines is encouraged to maximize the experience.

 

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: Defining the Museum/ Museums and Memory
  •  Week 2: Interpretation Strengths, Weaknesses, and Best Practices
  •  Week 3: Audiences and Identifying Your Key Ones
  •  Week 4: Education Program Planning, Management, and Evaluation
  •  Week 5: Organizing of Museum Education and Outreach
  •  Week 6: Community Partners and Funding
  •  Week 7: Leading 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).

Faculty: 

This course is taught by Tanya Brock.

Small Museum Pro!
This course will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate.