Online Learning Opportunities for Historic Site Interpreters

The opportunities for sharpening your skills as an historic site interpreter continue to grow online, sometimes even for free.  Here are a sampling of a few non-degree granting organizations where you’ll find workshops and classes on the Internet to keep your thinking fresh and improve your technique.  All times are Eastern unless noted.

American Alliance of Museums

  • Embracing 360 Engagement, Widening the Circle.  September 2, 2014 at 2:00 pm Eastern.
  • Building Trust through High Performance, Becoming Essential.  December 3 at 2:00 pm.

American Association for State and Local History

  • Historic House Calls: Using Futures Thinking to Navigate Ongoing Change.  August 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Free for AASLH members.
  • Writing the Grant: What’s the Process Like?  August 27 at 3:00 pm.  $115; $40 members.


Creative Learning Factory

  • Making Your Museum Teacher-Ready.  August 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm.  $20.
  • Programming for Visitors on the Autism Spectrum. September 4 at 2:00 pm. $20.

National Association for Interpretation

  • There’s No Such Thing as a Stupid Question:  What are Those Visitors Really Asking?  August 19, 2014 at 1:00 pm.  $50; $35 members.
  • Facilitated Dialogue:  Who’s Engaging the Public and Why? August 26 at 1:00 pm.  $50; $35 members.
  • You’re Either First or Third…There’s no Room for Second:  Accuracy, Authenticity and Audience Engagement in Living History.  September 30 at 1:30 pm. $50; $35 members.
  • Interpretive Writing.  October 14 at at 1:00 pm Eastern.  $50; $35 members.

National Park Service

Smithsonian Institution


Although no applicable webinars are coming up, you’ll want to watch the Alliance for Excellent EducationJ. Paul Getty Museum, and Smithsonian Institution.  If you know of other non-degree granting webinars or courses, please share in the comments below.




1 thought on “Online Learning Opportunities for Historic Site Interpreters

  1. Sarah Clark

    Thanks for the list! I’ve also seen some very good professional development videos on YouTube–nice because they are easy to find and you can watch at your own convenience. Does anyone have a list of those?


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