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The Thinking Museum Self-Paced Programme

THE THINKING MUSEUM SELF-PACED PROGRAMME

100% online. Follow my courses & classes from wherever you are and at your own pace. 

The Thinkingmuseum Self-Paced Programme is designed to equip you with the skills you need to create and lead engaging experiences around art and artefacts.

The courses and classes included in this programme explore effective practice in the core elements of the Visible Thinking in the Museum (VTM) method – such as questioning skills, facilitation techniques, slow looking and an exclusive class teaching an introduction to VTM itself. 

WHO IS THIS FOR?

This option is for you if you’re….

  • 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, heritage & cultural organisations

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Video classes and courses with Claire Bown teaching you core elements of the Visible Thinking in the Museum approach
  • Resources, cheat sheets and reading recommendations to download and push your learning in new directions
  • New classes and courses added on a regular basis. Start with 5 core programmes.
  • Easy-to-follow and implement techniques and strategies to create more engagement in your programmes about art and objects

Monthly

29monthly

Annually

329annually

List of classes and courses

There are 4 core classes and 2 courses in the Thinking Museum Self-Paced Programme. New courses and classes will be added on a regular basis. 

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CORE CLASSES

Masterclass

Introduction to the Visible Thinking in the Museum Method

Introduction to Visible Thinking in the Museum

An exclusive class giving you an introduction to 4 of the core principles of the Visible Thinking in the Museum method – an introduction to slow looking, questioning skills, facilitation techniques and, of course, thinking routines – complete with exercises you can complete in your own time.

You will learn:

✔️the basics of Visible Thinking in the museum – what it is, how it works

✔️4 of the core elements of VTM – slow looking, thinking routines, questioning and facilitation skills.

✔️4 activities to get started with the method

Masterclass

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The Art of Questioning

This masterclass will take you step-by-step through the process of improving your technique with tools and exercises to help you consistently create, sort & evaluate your own brilliant questions.

You will:

✔️Learn about the different types of questions and when to use them
✔️Learn simple yet powerful ways to generate, formulate, sort and evaluate questions in response to prompts, artworks and images
✔️Learn to analyse, track & reflect on your own questions, turn closed into open questions (and vice versa)
✔️Finally you will learn new thinking routines, techniques and activities that you can use regularly to perfect your questioning techniques

Masterclass

Building Rapport - Great Group Dynamics

BUILDING RAPPORT: GREAT GROUP DYNAMICS

Building great relationships between participants is important in making your programmes, tours and sessions engaging. As facilitators we need to create social comfort and psychological safety, we also need to build trust and social interaction.The important point to remember is that you need to put a CONSCIOUS EFFORT into creating a great group dynamic. It will take effort on your part but will pay dividends. This class will teach you how!

 

You will learn about:

✔️the 5 stages of group formation

✔️why are group dynamics and building rapport important
✔️a great introduction, warm-ups and conclusions
✔️basic Strategies for psychological safety

 

Masterclass

ZOOM CONFIDENCE FOR EDUCATORS

ZOOM CONFIDENCE FOR EDUCATORS

In this class, you will learn how to get over your tech fears, how to create and lead engaging and interactive sessions and help you to get your personality across (and feel less camera-shy). This class will have you leading Zoom sessions like a pro in 90 minutes!

You will learn:

✔️the key elements of Zoom – chat, breakout rooms, whiteboard, annotation and polls – so that you are really familiar with them all and can decide which ones to use to fully engage participants.
✔️all my tips and techniques on how best to use Zoom to create interactive, engaging and stimulating online classes and sessions
✔️what good online facilitation looks like and demonstrate how to weave interaction and participation throughout your class or programme from the start.

CORE COURSES

6 Part Course

SLOW LOOKING: THE ART OF OBSERVATION COURSE

SLOW LOOKING: THE ART OF OBSERVATION

The Slow Looking: Art of Observation course is a 6 part course comprising a combination of classes taught by Claire Bown and guest teachers and a rich library of slow looking resources. We cover:

  • What is Slow Looking
  • Ways of Slow Looking – the key ideas of David Perkins, Jennifer Roberts, Amy Herman, Shari Tishman & Peter Clothier
  • Different approaches to slow looking
  • Strategies & Techniques for Slow Looking

This course includes 6 classes:

  1. Learning to Look
  2. Slow Looking as a Tool for Learning
  3. An Introduction to Visual Bias
  4. An Introduction to Mindfulness
  5. Mindful Looking
  6. Designing & Facilitating for Success

2 Part Course

From Monologue to Dialogue: How to Share Information to Engage and Delight your Audience

FROM MONOLOGUE TO DIALOGUE:HOW TO SHARE INFORMATION TO ENGAGE AND DELIGHT YOUR AUDIENCE

The ‘From Monologue to Dialogue: How to Share Information to Engage and Delight your Audience’ is a 2 part mini-course (2 x 90 minutes)teaching you how to master the art of knowing how and when (and if) to add information. Learn how to use information as a tool to create curiosity and engagement.
In this course you will:

  • Learn how to move from monologues to dialogues and feel confident when sharing information
  • Discover my What? How? When? Framework for working out if, when and how you can share your knowledge or contextual information.
  • Understand how to use information as a tool. Learn best practices for making information meaningful and personal
  • Learn a variety of different techniques for sharing information throughout your programmes
  • Prepare your own art discussion using the What? How? When? Framework and the ‘rule of three’

“These classes are great. You give wonderful directions in a calm and thoughtful way and pace the lessons beautifully”

Ron Ritchhart, Senior Research Associate, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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, heritage & cultural organisations (get in touch for a team membership)

 

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.

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 materials and resources inside the Self-Paced Membership whilst you are a paying member, however, should you decide to leave, you will no longer have access. Refunds are not offered.

If you decide you want to leave or pause your subscription, please let us know by sending an email to: [email protected]

You can see full terms and conditions here.

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 in the Museum video and take it from there!

MY MISSION

I’m on a mission to teach educators, guides, museum/heritage professionals and creatives a variety of easy-to-learn, flexible techniques and skills and give them the tools to create visitor-centred experiences that bring art and ideas to life. I use the experience I’ve gained over the past 20 years to approach training in a different way. I will help you to excel at engaging audiences – to find your own unique way of working, drawing on a ‘toolbox’ of educational practices, techniques and skills that you can use in your own individual way.

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RESOURCES

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I publish a new podcast episode and blog every week on all aspects of engaging your audience with art and ideas – from Visible Thinking in the Museum techniques and ideas, to helping you to develop your questioning or facilitation skills and new tools to experiment with.

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