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Heritage Interpretation Training Center

Heritage Interpretation Training Center

Welcome to the Heritage Interpretation Training Center. This is our new project to help provide professional training in heritage interpretation - at a college level - for new to seasoned heritage interpreters. I was and am amazed that most colleges and universities that offer a major or minor in interpretation only have a few courses in interpretation to offer to their students. But a a true profession, there is so much to learn about what makes heritage interpretation such a dynamic profession. Where did heritage interpretation come from in the first place? If you look at the beginnings of interpretation, starting in 1954 with Freeman Tildens Book "Interpreting our Heritage", we can see that interpretive communication contains elements of:

* Marketing
* Advertising
* Journalism
* Recreational Learning Theory
* Consumer Behavior
* Speech
* Theater and Psychology of the Audience
* Non-verbal Communications

What we offer:

The HITC offers two venues for interpretive training.

1. Our live - on site- interpretive seminars and workshops presented for your staff, focusing on a specific interpretive training outcome.
To learn more about our extensive live presented interpretive training courses, and logistic details, visist our web site page:

Top row left to right: Inerpretive planning course - Plas tan y Bwlch (Wales, UK), COE Training Course - introduction to interpretive services (center and right). Bottom: Interpretive training course on developing visitor surveys for World Heritage Sites (left and center), and interpretive master planning course taught in Slovenia (right).

2. Our e-LIVE internet based interpretive training courses currently offer 18 different college level interpretive courses. What does e-LIVE mean? It means that while this is an internet based course - you still get a live interpretive instructor and coach to send your assignments to and to provide you with training support via SKYPE, e-mail or phone. All courses award CEU (Continuing Education Units) credits as well. With e-LIVE you can start the course anytime and work on the course you select at your own pace. Work on actual interpretive projects you may be working on at your site.

E-LIVE Course Catalog:

About the Instructor: Prof. John Veverka

Interpretive training in Korea.

- B.S and M.S in Heritage Interpretation - The Ohio State University
- Ph.D. program in Interpretation at Michigan State University.
- Adjunct Professor Heritage Interpretation (summer heritage tourism institutes) North Carolina State University,
New York State University.
- NAI Certified Interpretive Planner and Trainer
- NAI Fellow
- Certified Professional Heritage Interpreter (Canada).
- Author of several interpretive planning/training college text books.
- Publisher of InterpNEWS - the International Heritage Interpretation e-Magazine.
- 40 years of interpretive planning, training and writing experience.

How does e-LIVE work?

Our e-LIVE courses are limited to 10 participants at one time, to allow for maximum interaction with the course instructor. Once one participant completes the course another participant can be added.

- You'll be given course content to read and interact with for each course unit.

- JVA will provide you with readings, text books and articles as part of the course.

- You'll be given a writing assignment for each unit which you will send to John for review, comments and writing coaching. You'll be able to talk with John about each assignment via SKYPE, or by e-mail or phone. Thus the e-LIVE opportunity. John will be your instructor and coach who you can talk with at any time about your assignments.

- When you've completed each course unit you'll be sent the next unit for the course. Again, you'll be given writing assignments for that unit to submit to John for review, comments and writing coaching.

- When you've completed the Units you will be awarded a certificate of completion and CEU (Continuing Education Unit) credits for that course.

Additionally, you can work on writing assignment for actual projects you may be working on - museum labels, marketing materials or other interpretive writing projects. That is the benefit of e-LIVE - we are flexible in designing the course to meet your real-world needs.

John A. Veverka
SKYPE: jvainterp

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