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Who is the Thinking Museum Self-Paced Programme for?

This programme is intended for you if you want to equip yourself or your team with the skills you need to create and lead engaging experiences around art and artefacts. This programme is 100% online. Follow my courses & classes wherever you are and at your own pace. All content is asynchronous so that you can access in your own time. This programme is popular with: Museum or Heritage Educators Museum & heritage guides, cultural & historical guides, museum docents & volunteers Freelancers, creatives and entrepreneurs working in the cultural sphere Teachers & Educators Teams of educators & guides at museums,

Do I need any previous experience to join?

No. You can join the Thinking Museum Self-Paced Programme without any prior experience. The Thinking Museum Self-Paced Programme is designed to equip you with the skills you need to create and lead interactive experiences around art and artefacts. You can join the membership if you have some experience but want to improve and develop your skills and confidence in leading engaging discussion-based, inquiry-led programmes.

How do I join the Self-Paced Programme?

There are two ways to join the Thinking Museum Self-Paced Programme: Pay a monthly subscription of €29,- per month, incl. VAT. OR Pay Annually and save € with our Annual Rate €329,- incl. VAT Payment is taken either every month, or yearly, depending on the subscription you choose. Payment can be made by credit card or Paypal. If you take a monthly subscription, then you will be billed on the same date each month 30 days after the first payment. You can start and stop at any time - there is no minimum subscription requirement. You have access to all the

How do I take part in the Thinking Museum Self-Paced Programme?

Sign up via the shop and get immediate access to our core classes and courses. You can follow all the classes and courses in your own time and at your own pace. There are 4 core masterclasses: Introduction to Visible Thinking in the Museum, The Art of Questioning, Building Rapport: Great Group Dynamics and Zoom Confidence for educators. There are also 2 courses - choose from my 6 part Slow Looking: The Art of Observation course or from Monologue to Dialogue: How to Share Information to Engage and Delight your Audience. I recommend you start with the Introduction to Visible Thinking

How long is the EARLY BIRD price valid?

The EARLY BIRD price for the VTM Membership is valid only for Thinking Museum subscribers. You can subscribe here. The EARLY BIRD price is valid from Monday 7 - Sunday 13 September 2020 inclusive. The VTM Membership will open on Monday 14 September. The Early Bird price is €45,- per month (excluding VAT) or €500,- (excluding VAT) for an annual subscription. From 14 September 2020, the standard VTM Membership price of €55,- per month or €600,- per year will apply. Both prices are excluding VAT. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on [email protected]

What if I want to leave?

The VTM Membership is an ongoing subscription to a learning community. There is a minimum period of 6 months required in the VTM Membership to take full advantage of all the materials and resources we have to offer and to work at your own pace. Do bear in mind that it takes most people at least one year to confidently master the art of facilitating engaging discussions with art and artefacts. The idea is that you stay part of the community, once you have joined as there will be new learning opportunities and content every month and you will learn from other

How many hours a week do I need to commit to?

This depends on you and how much time you want or have to put into this. Ideally, you should aim to put aside 1.5-2 per week for the live VTMO group class, plus 1-2 hours per week to watch the video lessons, do readings and take part in practice sessions. On average, a commitment of 1-4 hours. But you don’t HAVE to attend any live classes/coaching sessions. All the replays/resources are available, so you can work through the content at your own pace if you prefer. You will need to factor in time for implementation...but again that’s down to what you

How do I take part in the VTM Membership?

The Visible Thinking Membership is a combination of live courses and classes taught by Claire Bown (Founder, Thinking Museum) and guest teachers and a library of past courses and classes. Past courses have included my Slow Looking Course, Art and Words, Art-Based Learning amongst others. These classes were taught live at the time and then the recordings were uploaded to the members website. In addition, there are live monthly expert masterclasses & live thinking routines classes every month which you can attend live or catch up on the recording. Recent subjects have included virtual facilitation techniques, questioning techniques and great group

How long does the VTMO course last?

VTMO is a 90 day plan teaching you to confidently & easily lead lively discussions about art and artefacts that will make your tours, guided discussions & educational programmes more engaging and interactive. There are 8 modules spread out over 10/11 weeks (with 2 implementation weeks for assignments, reading and practice). For every module there is a live group class (90-120 minutes), a video lesson (20-30 minutes), suggested reading, and practice assignments.  If you are unable to attend the live group class, then you can watch the recording (although we do recommend you attend live to get the most benefit from