Webinar—Rich Learning Opportunities in Facilitated, Open-Ended Exhibits


On July 12, this webinar explored open-ended exhibits and experiences in informal science settings, the type that offer rich learning experiences with multiple points of entry and multiple outcomes, and how such varied outcomes make it complex to assess what visitors are learning and how to best advance their learning.


Click here to watch this archived webinar in ASTC’s Professional Development Video Library.


ASTC Velocity Webinars like this one deliver all the impact in half the time—these free idea-based events deliver useful takeaways in fun, half-hour webinars. Each is a satellite of an upcoming preconference ASTC Intensive workshop scheduled for Friday, September 28. But we just couldn’t wait, and you don’t have to either. See also: Exploring the Universe with NASA Tools and Putting a New Career Tool to Work.


The presentation considered the variety of ways visitors engage with open-ended learning experiences and the range of possible learning outcomes. The presenters discussed the importance and challenge of assessing and effectively facilitating learning at these types of exhibits and help participants recognize opportunities to broaden learning with their exhibits.

At the related ASTC Intensive workshop, the day before the 2018 ASTC Annual Conference, the presenters will work with participants to develop and use a framework appropriate for their own institution that will guide assessment and help select facilitation strategies that are likely to lead to more sophisticated visitor engagement and deeper learning opportunities.

This webinar offers a small sample of the preconference ASTC Intensive workshop, “Reinventing Visitor Engagement through a Framework for Observing and Facilitating Learning” that will take place on Friday, September 28, before the official start of ASTC 2018 (Saturday–Tuesday, September 29–October 2).


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Ron Skinner, Director of Education, MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, Santa Barbara, California, and Danielle Harlow, Associate Professor of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara


This webinar was designed for all levels of science center and museum professionals, especially those who work in evaluation, education, and exhibitions.



Registration includes a link to an archived recording of the webinar, so even if you can’t participate in the live event with your peers from around the world, you will receive access to its recording, which you and your colleagues can watch when you wish.


Wendy Hancock is ASTC’s Senior Program Manager, Professional Development.