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Planning Park Interpretation 310
Interpretive Media Development 311
Leaning Interpreters 330
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Module 311: Interpretive Media Development

Competency Curriculum
The following curriculum components outline the developmental learning elements that compose the skills set for this competency. From these outlines, 1) employees and their supervisors can determine
learning needs and strategies, 2) instructors can develop sessions and lesson plans.

Upon completion of this module, learners will be able to:

  • Analyze and select appropriate media for specific interpretive purposes;

  • Recognize and apply basic principles of design to a variety of interpretive media;

  • Participate in the planning/development of in-park, contract, and/or Harpers Ferry Center media projects;

  • Recognize and articulate how the elements of interpretive media work together to create opportunities for audiences to form their own intellectual and emotional connections with the meanings/significance of park resources.

Advantages/disadvantages of types of media; selection of the appropriate media; evaluation of existing media; basic principles of planning/design; basic layout; results of effective design within media; meaningful media; interpretive concept development; project definition.

All developmental level interpretive park rangers, cooperating association staff, and NPS volunteers involved in media development activities.

Park or cluster-sponsored training, Harpers Ferry Center-sponsored workshops, academic courses, professional workshops, private sector training, distance learning through video/satellite uplink/internet, mentoring, on-the-job training, and independent study.


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