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Each hour of webinar is worth one continuing education credit.

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Interpretive Curating: Application of Interpretation to Exhibit Script Development from the Beginning

September 13 and 20, 2017
11 am and 5 pm Central American Time
Register at www.pupconsortium.net/webinarios
Museums combine both enjoyment and learning. Many develop programs for various audiences. Nevertheless, exhibit contents are often developed by curators who rarely have technical expertise in interpretation. Typically, then, they must hire other specialists charged with designing interpretive strategies either in parallel with exhibit development or at the end of the process.
In this webinar, we explore a curatorial method based on thematic interpretation and used to develop exhibit scripts centered on learning and enjoyment. This method is called “interpretive curating.” The approach integrates interpretation into exhibit design from the very outset rather than including it as a secondary feature at the end.
Alejandra Mosco Jaimes has a Master’s in museology and history from the National Institute of Anthropology and History in Mexico where she currently works as a professor. She has developed Interpretive Curating, a method she has applied to more than a dozen exhibits in Mexico and Colombia.

Blended Learning as a Training Tool: Using an Online Community to Inspire Continual Growth in your Learning

Mary Andrusyk and Karen Tekverk
September 19, 2017
10a Pacific/1p Eastern (90 min)
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Explore with Shedd Aquarium how to provide blended learning for volunteers through online strategies without replacing invaluable in-person trainings. We will take an in-depth look at how the aquarium’s Guest Engagement volunteer online community combines in-person training with digital learning strategies such as gamification, digital badging, and community forums. We will also explore digital tools that could be implemented to meet customized training needs.

Mary Andrusyk is a Learning Engagements Manager at the Shedd Aquarium. She started her aquarium career in 1997, interpreting exhibits through conversations and informal presentations. Currently she oversees Guest Engagement volunteers, teen work study participants and assistantships. Mary has a BS in Marine Science and has been an active member of NAI’s Zoos, Wildlife Parks and Aquaria section.

Karen Tekverk is an Engagement Specialist at the Shedd Aquarium with a background in informal and outreach education. She mentors and coaches volunteers and teens to engage guests about aquatic animals and the natural world. Behind the scenes, Karen creates online content and develops digital learning tools. Karen has a MS in Earth Science and is a Certified Interpretive Guide.

Certified Interpretive Trainer Role Perceptions

Sarena Gill
October 10, 2017
10:00a Pacific/1:00p Eastern (1 hr)
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Learning opportunities exist across our profession. One such role is a trainer, someone familiar with the content and expected learning outcomes that facilitate training. For this study individuals maintaining the Certified Interpretive Trainer (CIT) status through NAI were studied with the purpose to explore how CITs perceive their role or roles in the field of interpretation. Data were collected from five research participants through individual semi-structured interviews. Join us to learn what CITs perceived as their role in this session.

With over ten years of front-line interpretation experience, Sarena continually develops her skills in and understanding of interpretation. She is passionate about interpretive education and sharing her knowledge and skills with others in the field. Nearing the end of her doctoral studies, Sarena enjoys combining research with the interpretation field.

Facilitating participatory interpretation with games and more!

Jacquie Gilson
October 19, 2017
10a Pacific/1p Eastern (90 minutes)
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Join us for idea sharing about ways to inspire audiences at the level of their heads, hearts and hands. Jacquie will share what works and what doesn't based on her recent experiences with interpretation that aims to directly involve all audiences members, such as story sharing, audience question based programs and games like Jenga, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. Share your ideas too!

Jacquie Gilson has been actively involved in interpretation and environmental education for over 30 years and has worked at the national, provincial, municipal and non-profit levels. In 2015 she completed her doctorate in social sciences with research focused on the role of inspiration in interpretation. For the last seven years she has been an Interpretation Coordinator for Parks Canada in the beautiful Canadian rocky mountains.

Recertification Demystified (FREE)

December 7, 2017
10:00a Pacific/1:00p Eastern (1 hr)
NAI Certification Department
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Is your certification getting ready to expire soon?  Not sure what you need or how to apply for recertification?  Join us to learn what counts and does not count as continuing education hours, what forms need to be filled out, and how to send us your materials.

Webinars in Spanish

The PUP Global Heritage Consortium, NAI, and CATIE offer Spanish webinars on topics related to heritage interpretation. NAI membership discounts apply. To view upcoming offerings, visit PUP online.

NAI Members, click here to get your discount code.

See an introductory video narrated by Sam Ham.