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Online Course: Museum Education and Outreach

Museum and Education Outreach

An AASLH Small Museum Pro! Online Course

Course Description

At their heart, regardless of type or size, museums are engaging, dynamic places of education. This AASLH online course, Museum Education and Outreach, 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. Participants will help shape the flow of the course in addition to providing resources and insights on each other’s work. Assignments are made weekly to allow for regular feedback and dialogue. While work can be done at your own pace, meeting deadlines is encouraged to maximize the experience. Throughout the course you will develop a toolkit of strategies, policies, and documents ready for immediate implementation.

Participant Outcomes

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

Sample Curriculum

  • 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

Texts Used

Required:

Anna Johnson, Kimberly A. Huber, Nancy Cutler, Melissa Bingmann and Tim Grove. The Museum Educator’s Manual: Educators Share Successful Techniques (2nd ed). The text is NOT INCLUDED with your registration. You must order the book separately from the book seller of your choice.

Details

FORMAT: Online, weekly-paced course

LENGTH: 8 weeks

PARTICIPATION STYLE: Bi-weekly (every-other-week) real-time online chats; weekly assignments; final course assignment

MATERIALS: One required text (see below)

CREDIT: Successful completion of this course will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.

Logistics

COURSE DATES: March 25 - May 17, 2019

COST: $195 AASLH Members / $295 Nonmembers

OPEN REGISTRATION: February 15 - March 20, 2019; 30 Participant limit

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Who Should Take This Course

This course is a beginning level course designed for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries with historical collections who have little to no experience with developing education programs and goals for museums. Successful participants should be ready to look past traditional methods and challenge themselves to work around site-specific hurdles.

Instructor

Tanya Brock is one who tends to take leaps and jumps rather than the straight path. Her career has spanned museum education, visitor services, exhibit planning, historical research, educational program consultant, and community partner liaison. Whether teaching food preservation classes or designing and running the nation’s first functioning historical brewery or running a brewpub co-op, her passion has always been centered on food—its power to unite and act as a storyteller for communities.

Her education is a patchwork of cultural anthropology, food preservation, heritage interpretation, and museum administration. This background has built a foundation of various perspectives from which she draws from when designing programs. Over a 20-year period she has worked with audiences of all sizes, ages, and backgrounds yet believes at the end of the day, it is the guest who drives the conversation and the experience.


Online Course: Museum Education and Outreach

At their heart, regardless of type or size, museums are educational organizations. This course is about how we can facilitate visitors’ meaningful and memorable experiences in the informal environments of museums. SMALL MUSEUM PRO_Layout 2

Details: 

This class is now full. Please see our Continuing Education calendar for future offerings.

Dates: June 5- July 31, 2017

Cost: $195 AASLH Members/ $295 Nonmembers

This class is now full. Please see our Continuing Education calendar for future offerings.

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

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: Our Memorable Museum Learning Experiences
  • Week 2: Museum Audiences: Characteristics and Needs, and Learning
  • Week 3: Interpretation Strengths, Weaknesses, and Best Practices
  • Week 4: Organizing of Museum Education and Outreach
  • Week 5: Education Program Planning, Management, and Evaluation
  • Week 6: Developing Programs for Youths, Families, and Adults
  • Week 7: Managing Museum Education 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).

 This class is now full. Please see our Continuing Education calendar for future offerings.

Who should attend:

This course is a beginning level course designed for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries with historical collections who have little to no experience with developing education programs and goals for museums.
 
Successful completion of this course will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro certificate from AASLH.

Faculty:

Tanya Brock is one who tends to take leaps and jumps rather than the straight path. Her career has spanned museum education, visitor services, exhibit planning, historical research, and community partner liaison. Whether teaching food preservation classes or designing and running the nation’s first functioning historical brewery or running a brewpub co-op, her passion has always been centered on food—its power to unite and act as a storyteller for communities.

Her education is a patchwork of cultural anthropology, food preservation, heritage interpretation, and museum administration. This background has built a foundation of various perspectives from which she draws from when designing programs. Over a 20-year period she has worked with audiences of all sizes, ages, and backgrounds yet believes at the end of the day, it is the guest who drives the conversation and the experience.


Online Course: Developing Exhibitions

This class is now full. Please see our Continuing Education Calendar for upcoming courses. 

 

This class is about how to put together an exhibition, from deciding what it will be about and why, to gatSmall Museum Prohering, creating and arranging all the elements for visitors.  You'll learn a lot from your classmates – from their own experiences and from the resources that they share with all of us.  And you'll learn the best way: by doing – you will develop an actual exhibit over the course of the class.

Details: 

Dates: May 15- July 7, 2017

Cost:$195 AASLH Members/ $295 Nonmembers

This class is now full. Please see our Continuing Education Calendar for upcoming courses.

This class is about how to put together an exhibition, from deciding what it will be about and why, to gathering, creating and arranging all the elements for visitors.  You'll learn a lot from your classmates – from their own experiences and from the resources that they share with all of us.  And you'll learn the best way: by doing – you will develop an actual exhibit over the course of the class.

Each week you will be expected to:

  1. study materials directly within the online class site;
  2. find other resources on the web or in the community and share them with the class;
  3. share your own knowledge, experience and resources with the class; and
  4. complete one or more exhibit-development assignments and share your work with the class.

During most weeks, you will read from the required text, Exhibit Makeovers, A Do-It-Yourself Workbook for Small Museums by Alice Parman, Ann Craig, Lyle Murphy, Liz White, and Lauren Willis (Second Edition, Rowman & Littlefield, 2017, $38).

At the end of the class, you will:

  • know how to develop, create and evaluate an exhibition – you will have developed a real exhibit;
  • be familiar with other resources for more information; and
  • have a network of small-museum professionals with whom to confer on future exhibits.

Who should attend:

This course is a beginning level course designed for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries who have little to no experience with exhibit development and design.
Small Museum Pro:
Successful completion of this course will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro certificate from AASLH.

About the Instructors:

Alice Parman has spent a lifetime in museum. After earning a Ph.D. in Education (University of Chicago), Alice joined the education staff at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. There she worked to help teachers use the museum’s resources more effectively, then chaired the Department of Education from 1973–1978 (as the Field’s first woman manager). From 1978–1982 she was director of the University of Oregon Museum of Natural History; from 1982–1988 she served as director of WISTEC (now The Science Factory), also in Eugene. In 1989, Alice joined Formations Inc., a Portland-based exhibit design/build firm with a national clientele. After 14 years as Senior Planner/Writer for Formations, she launched her own consulting business in September 2003. She is co-author, with Ann Craig, Lyle Murphy, Liz White, and Lauren Willis, of Exhibit Makeovers: A Do-It-Yourself Workbook for Small Museums, Second Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).

Ann Craig (BA, History and Asian Studies, 2000, University of Oregon; MA, Arts Management, Museum Studies, 2006, University of Oregon) is the Director of Public Programs at The Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon. Ann has been with the museum since 2005, where she oversees educational programming and exhibitions for all audiences. She is a board member with the Oregon Museum Association, chair of the Museums of Springfield and Eugene (MUSE) and a member of the Lane County Cultural Coalition.

This class is now full. Please see our Continuing Education Calendar for upcoming courses.

Online Course: Caring for Museum Collections

This course is full. Please look at our calendar for upcoming online courses.

This eight week course will deal with the physical care and preservation of your museum collections. This practical course will cover how collections age and deteriorate, handling collections, storage requirements, environmental considerations, housekeeping, and risk management.

Details: 

Format: Online Course

Dates: April 3- May 31, 2017

Cost: $195 AASLH Members/ $295 Nonmembers

This course is full. Please look at our calendar for upcoming online courses.

Full Online Course Description:

This eight week course will deal with the physical care and preservation of your museum collections. This practical course will cover how collections age and deteriorate, handling collections, storage requirements, environmental considerations, housekeeping, and risk management.

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Know the major causes of deterioration for museum objects and how to use that information to enhance long-term preservation.
  • Know how to handle objects in the safest way.
  • Know how to examine and document the condition of objects in your collections.
  • Know how to display your collections in a way that prolongs their life.
  • Know how to store and house your collections in the way that best preserves them.
  • Understand the importance of environmental control for the preservation of your collections.
  • Know the best ways to clean your museum.
  • Know how to perform a risk assessment of your museum and use it to write a disaster plan.
This course is full. Please look at our calendar for upcoming online courses.

Who should attend:

This course is a beginning level course designed for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries with historical collections who have little to no experience with conservation of collections. This course requires participants have access to museum collections to successfully complete this course, either as a staff member, volunteer, or intern.
Small Museum Pro:
Successful completion of this course will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro certificate from AASLH.
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Samantha Forsko is a Preservation Specialist at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts.

This course is full. Please look at our calendar for upcoming online courses.