Historic Hudson Valley: Virtual Field Trips
Planning, Training, and Program Development // 2022-2023
Historic Hudson Valley (HHV) engaged Turnstile Studio to provide technical and training support for the pre-existing virtual field trip Slavery in the Colonial North and for the roll out of a new virtual field trip called Invisible Women, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities, respectively. While the scope and size of each project was distinct, our team worked concurrently on both projects between February 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 to support program development, evaluation, and offer training workshops and resources to build HHV’s in-house training capacity. Highlights included:
- Outcomes-Based Logic Models that we created with staff to identify and clarify target audiences, program goals, outcomes, and impact in support of program development and evaluation.
- Baseline Assessment to chart out strategies that were informed by staff members’ expressed needs and by digital learning experts whom we interviewed about student engagement methods online.
- A resource guide on facilitating engaging virtual field trip for students that can be used internally by HHV and/or distributed to the museum field with credits to contributors.
- Lesson plan support to assist HHV in effectively translating substantive humanities content into an interactive online environment appropriate for students.
- Training workshops to equip staff with practical skills and knowledge to help them gain comfort in leading student-centered virtual field trips.
- Train-the-trainer lesson plans to ensure HHV’s ability to train educators in effective practices, as well as resources that focus on practical application of knowledge, skills, and techniques, including handouts, video tutorials, and activities to complement the delivery of future in-house workshops.