What does the VTMO Beginners course include?
The course includes 3 modules through which you will learn how to confidently use my method for using Visible Thinking in the Museum. All course materials are in English and are available to stream online.
You’ll also receive downloadable PDFs and a variety of articles to read and be inspired by.
Plus there’s access to a supportive online community for course students in which you’ll be able to ask any questions you have about the course and how to use thinking routines to create lively discussions about art and museum objects.
Will I need any previous experience?
No. You can start the course with no prior experience. You can also start the course if you have some experience, but want to improve and develop your skills as a VTM facilitator.
Do I need to start with VTMO Beginners? Can I join the VTMO course at the Intermediate or even Advanced level instead?
If you’ve never done a full VTM training* with me before, then you will need to start with the VTMO Beginners course – regardless of whether you’re a seasoned educator or just starting out. Even as an experienced educator, you’ll learn a lot!
It’s called ‘Beginners’ as it’s the first of 3 courses that take you through the elements of the VTM method. Therefore in VTMO Beginners you’ll explore 10 thinking routines which can form the basis of your repertoire, dive into your questioning skills and learn how to facilitate discussions. It’s aimed at museum educators, guides, teachers, art educators and creatives who want to learn new methods to engage audiences with art and objects.
In VTMO Beginners I teach the foundations of the method – which will stand you in good stead for the rest of the courses. We also work on building skills – our questioning skills, facilitation techniques and more. The work that we do in the first course paves the way for the work we do in the later Intermediate and Advanced courses.
Just FYI, VTMO was originally designed as one course, but individual educators were asking me for shorter courses which cost less, which is why I split it up into 3 parts for individuals – Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. Teams can still book the entire programme as one course.
*To register for my VTMO Intermediate
and Advanced courses, you need to have first completed either the VTMO Beginners Course
or a full day intro to VTM with me, Claire Bown.
Who is the course suitable for?
- individuals who would like to learn how to lead interactive tours & programmes about art and museum objects. (e.g. museum guides & educators, teachers, creatives & learning practitioners). If you’re an organisation, please get in touch to enquire about VTMO for Teams
How long will it take to complete the course?
The course is 3 modules long. In total, the course takes 3 weeks with a commitment of 1-3 hours per week. There is a different module every week and a live class. The video lessons are 20-30 mins long and the live class is 120 mins. Every live class is also recorded if you can’t attend live.
How much does VTMO cost?
The course costs €350,- including VAT.
What are the dates for 2023?
VTMO Beginners takes place in January and September in 2023.
When do the live classes take place?
The live classes usually take place at 17.00 hrs CET (Amsterdam) on Tuesdays. You’ll get the most out of the classes by attending live (and learning collaboratively with the other course members) but if you miss them, you can catch up with the recording too. The recording is available within 24 hours of the live class.
Is the course ‘live’?
There is a live class scheduled for 120 mins per week for all 3 modules of the course. If you are unable to attend live, then you can watch the recording (although we do recommend you attend live to get the most benefit from asking questions). The video modules and all resources will be available for you to work through at your own pace and when it is most suitable for you.
How long do the video lessons last?
They are usually 20-30 minutes in length. You receive one video lesson per week.
How long will I have access to the course?
You will have access to the course for up to 3 months after the course has finished (subject to our terms and conditions), allowing you to work through it at your own pace and return to it as required.
What if I have questions whilst working through the course?
You will have access to an online Slack community where you can ask questions and get support and help.
How do I enrol on the course?
You can sign up as soon as enrolment opens on this page. Alternatively, sign up to my newsletter to be the first to hear when enrolment for the next cohort goes live. Places are limited! Get in touch to chat about any remaining questions you have.
What are the Terms and Conditions?
You can find all the Terms and Conditions here