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Full Performance Level Park Ranger Interpreter

Module 311: Interpretive Media Development

By applying this understanding to their knowledge of the resource and knowledge of the visitor, interpreters can choose an appropriate media mix, and advise supervisors and managers of media options.

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Competency Context
This module enables interpreters to create interpretive opportunities through selection and development of interpretive media. Content includes project definition and planning, selection of appropriate media, interpretive concept development, and basic elements of design. Full performance rangers develop interpretive media projects locally, and must also be able to participate effectively on media development teams. The concepts and principles of Module 101: Fulfilling the NPS Mission: The Process of Interpretation, Module 110: Visitor Needs and Characteristics, Module 230: Interpretive Writing, and Module 310: Planning Park Interpretation, provide a foundation for success in this module. This module serves as a foundation for further professional development, and provides the necessary grounding for field interpreters to work directly with professional planners in developing interpretive services.

Competency Assessment
Plan, develop, and submit a (facsimile of) a media product for an identified park interpretive need, demonstrating aspects of module and component objectives (see Assessment Rubric and How to Submit pages). Product is prepared and submitted for certification review upon the employee and supervisor's concurrence.

Note: Your project may be designed and submitted coupling more than one Full Performance competency. You may develop one competency project, to be reviewed against any combination of one, two, three, or four of the Full Performance competencies-if your circumstance allows. The project would then be measured against each competency standard separately.

If you choose, you may develop a separate project for each Full Performance competency, and submit them individually as you have in the past. If you choose to combine the reviews and address more than one competency with a single project, be sure to indicate clearly on your project which full performance competencies(Planning Park Interpretation, Media Development, Interpretive Leadership, Research/Resource Liaison) you wish to have the project reviewed against.

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.

Learning Resources and Opportunities

To complete the full performance competency requirements under Ranger Careers.

Download Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free software to read the complete module in a .pdf format, including the components, submission guidelines, and rubric.

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Last module update: September, 2000
Editor: STMA Training Manager Interpretation

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