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Training for Interp. Trainers

Training for Interpretive Trainers

(How to teach interpretation techniques and principles to others.)

Twelve (12) Units - 2 CEU (Continuing Education Unit) Credits

Are you ready for e-LIVE interpretive training?  JVA is pleased to announce the development of our new e-Live interpretive training course developed and offered by Professor John Veverka.

This is a University level course on how to develop and deliver interpretive training courses and workshops for parks, museum, historic sites, zoos, botanical gardens and related interpretive staff managers/heads of education, charged with developing interpretive training for their docents, volunteers, seasonal interpretive staff, or full time interpretive staff.

Each participant will receive an e-book copy of John Veverkas text book: The Interpretive Trainers Handbook, as well as other support materials and training aide resources.

Teaching basic interpretation principles and techniques to US Army Corps of Engineers Rangeers.

Who is this course for:

- Any individual being assigned to provide/develop and deliver an interpretive services training course or workshop to docents, volunteers, seasonal interpretive staff or other interpretive staff members but have had no formal university level training or courses in heritage interpretation themselves.

- Individuals wanting to develop their interpretive training materials and content for current  
 upcoming training courses.

- Park, Museum. zoo, botanical garden, heritage site interpretive/education staff.

Course Goals: Upon completion of this course participants will:

- Have interpretive training program lesson plans and schedule of instructions drafted out.

- Have a working knowledge of key interpretive elements they should be teaching.

- Will have developed proficiency in:

  * Teaching the developing and writing interpretive themes.
  * Teaching the development and writing interpretive of objectives (learn, feel, do).
  * Teaching  skills in understanding how visitors learn and remember in heritage settings.
  * Teaching development of a solid understanding of the interpretive planning process for live/conducted interpretive tours, walks and programs.

  * Help participants acquire practical applications of interpretive program and tour presentation skills.

  * Teach participants to be able to use the interpretive planning model for         
             planning interpretive programs and tours.

  * Teach participants simple techniques for evaluation (self-evaluation) of interpretive
             programs and services they present.

About the Instructor: Prof. John Veverka

Prof John Veverka teaching interpretive planning in Korea.

- B.S and M.S in Heritage Interpretation - The Ohio State University - teaching courses in Interpretive Master     Planning.

- Ph.D. program in Interpretation at Michigan State University. Responsible for developing and teaching   introductory and advanced interpretation courses (5-years university teaching).

- 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.

What are the 12 Training for Interpretive Trainers units?

Unit One - Overview of planning for interpretive training courses.

Unit Two - Developing your training objectives (what knowledge or skills do you want the participants to be able to demonstrate/use upon completion of the course and use in their planning and delivery of interpretive programs, tours or other services?).

Unit Three - Who is your audience and assessment of current interpretive services knowledge and presentation skill levels?

Unit Four - Training workshop logistics planning (number of participants, where, when, how, and workshop management ).

Unit Five - Developing your training manual/handouts.

Unit Six - Developing your training aides and activities. What to teach and related support materials.

Unit Seven - Developing a pre-post test training course evaluation.

Unit Eight - Developing your lesson plans and schedule of instruction.

Unit Nine - Planning Practicum activities (learn/remember by doing).  Here are examples of practicums - how visitors learn and remember - Interpretive Concept and Interpretive Principles practicum activities.

Unit Ten - Starting the training course - activities (hands on and minds on).

Unit Eleven - For training more than one day - summary of days activities, objectives for the next day's activities.

Unit Twelve - Interpretive Coacing Techniques - what works best for you?

At the completion of the course you will receive a very nice Certificate of Completion noting the award of 2 CEU credits on the certificate.

As interpretive training workshops and courses are unique to different agencies and organizations, this course is, like all our courses, very flexible in helping each individual participant develop a interpretive training course that reflects their training objectives.

When will the course start?  You can start this course at any time and work at your own pace.  It is estimated that it will take about 20 hours to complete this course.  The cost of the 20 hours of training is $200.00 USD, which can be paid for by credit card or PayPal  below via credit card or Pay Pal. You can also pay by check.

Cost for the 20 hours training with live interaction with the instructor is $200.00 USD.

If you're interested in this course and would like to enroll in it - send an e-mail to John at: and you'll be sent a simple registration form to fill out and return to John.  Then you can return to this web site page to pay for the course using the BUY NOW button below.

Feel free to contact John if you have any questions at all.

Contact John at:
Skype: jvainterp

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