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Our team is gearing up for next week’s American Association for State and Local History annual meeting in Kansas City. We’re excited to join public history professionals and volunteers for a few days to discuss the theme of this years meeting: Truth or Consequences. One of our Research Associates, Katie Chandler, will be presenting a session...
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We are looking forward to the upcoming 2018 Visitor Studies Association Conference, being held in partnership with the Association of Midwest Museums in Chicago. The conference theme is “Fostering Transparency, Strengthening Public Trust.” Three of our staff will be in attendance this year: Stephanie Downey, Amanda Krantz, and Cathy Sigmond. More details on what and...
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RK&A is excited to announce that three of our staff members will be attending the American Alliance of Museums’ Annual Meeting next week!  Both Stephanie Downey and Amanda Krantz are presenting sessions at the meeting.  Stephanie will share a case study on digital learning from the Please Touch Museum on Wednesday morning.  And on Sunday,...
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This week, Stephanie Downey and Amanda Krantz will present sessions at the NAEA National Convention, March 22-24 in Seattle, WA.  Amanda will share updates about the NAEA/AAMD Impact Study on Thursday, and models for conducting mixed-methods research on Saturday. Stephanie’s session on Saturday will explore various assessment practices and methods as an action research process, and how student learning can be shaped...
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This year, I was lucky to receive a full scholarship to attend the 42nd annual Museum Computer Network (MCN) conference in Dallas, TX. For those who don’t know, MCN’s a fantastic organization that focuses on digital engagement in the cultural sector. Here’s a video of some of the highlights from the conference:     I’d...
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In June, The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) invited professionals to respond to these questions for an upcoming issue of Dimensions magazine: When are evaluation and other visitor feedback strategies the most useful for helping advance a science center’s mission?  When are such strategies less successful?  We pondered this at a staff meeting...
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I love a good story.  Who doesn’t?  It’s how we humans make meaning—we construct narratives to explain and interpret events both to ourselves and for others.  Think about the number of stories you tell or hear in a day, even the mundane ones.  It’s a way to form and sustain connections with others and to...
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This week I’d like to share thoughts about evaluative thinking, in part because two weeks ago I was part of a session at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) annual conference in Baltimore titled “Evaluation as Learning” (titled as such because learning is the ultimate result of evaluative thinking).  We took a risk:  I set...
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