2019 Conference Sessions

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, July 11, 2018, to Saturday, July 13, 2019

Online registration is open. On-site registration is available. 

Thursday Sessions - July 11, 2019

Retrospective Pre-Posttests: When and How to Use This Cool Tool 
Melanie Hwalek, PhD, SPEC Associates; Cassandra Filer, John G. Shedd Aquarium

Panel
10:45am - 12:00pm
Human Health Changes Associated with an Experience at a Zoo

Amy Niedbalski, Saint Louis Zoo

Paper
10:45am - 12:00pm

Studying touch as way of knowing in the art exhibition
Dimitra Christidou, PhD, and Palmyre Pierroux, University of Oslo

Paper
10:45am - 12:00pm

Ways of Seeing, Ways of Understanding
Luise Reitstatter, University of Vienna

Paper
10:45am - 12:00pm

Data Collection, Data Management, Data Analysis, Oh My! Training Videos for Evaluation in Informal Learning Environments
Karen Peterman and Kim Kiesewetter, Karen Peterman Consulting Co,; Jane Robertson Evia, Virginia Tech

Hands-On Workshop
10:45am - 12:00pm

Measuring Learning of Complex Topics: Challenges and Successes Explored
Zdanna King and Evelyn Ronning, Science Museum of Minnesota

Roundtable
10:45am - 12:00pm

Studying intangible dimensions of learning: Are we "effing" the ineffable?
Sarah May and Becki Kipling, Museum of Science, Boston

Roundtable

10:45am - 12:00pm

Seeing through Multiple Lenses: Bridging Indigenous and Western Evaluation Worldviews
Jill Stein, JKS Consulting; Dr. Shelly Valdez, Native Pathways; Dr. Nicky Bowman, Bowman Performance Consulting

Panel

10:45am - 12:00pm

Stronger Together: Building Institutional Capacity and Cultures of Evaluation
Brooke Rosenblatt and Matthew Lasnoski, Freer | Sackler; Pei Koay, National Museum of the American Indian; Jessimi Jones, Philbrook Museum of Art

Panel
1:45pm - 3:00pm

Incorporating experts' narratives into STEM inquiry programs: Assessing family learning
Sue Allen, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance; Kim Koin, Chicago Children's Museum; David Uttal, Northwestern University; Kimberley Sheridan, George Masson University

Panel
1:45pm - 3:00pm

Ways of Knowing Detroit: Evaluation in the Motor City
Kate Livingston, ExposeYourMuseum LLC; Tracey Williams, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History; Diane Miller, Detroit Zoological Society; Kenneth Morris, Detroit Institute of Arts

Panel
1:45pm - 3:00pm

How stakeholders' conceptions of research and evaluation affect utilisation
Marie Hobson, Natural History Museum

Rountable
1:45pm - 3:00pm


CT without the Screen: Measuring Computational Thinking in Informal Education
Megan Goeke and Gretchen Haupt, Science Museum of Minnesota; Rachel Becker-Klein, Two Roads Consulting

Roundtable
1:45pm - 3:00pm


What do you do again? Framing evaluation for museum staff

Sara Davis, Saint Louis Science Center; Sena Dawes, Missouri Historical Society; Fran Mast, John G. Shedd Aquarium

Roundtable
1:45pm - 3:00pm

 

Friday Sessions - July 12, 2019

Studying Visitors' Exhibition Experiences in a Virtual Reality Environment
Palmyre Pierroux and Rolf Steier, University of Oslo; Anne Qvale, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design

Paper
10:45am - 12:00pm

Designing and evaluating soundscapes in virtual reality exhibitions
Joran Rudi, Norwegian Center for Technology in Music and the Arts (NOTAM)

Paper
10:45am - 12:00pm

Appreciative Inquiry - A Tool for Community Engagement and Evaluation Strategy for Organizational Change
Maritza Hernandez-Bravo, Denver Museum of Nature & Science; Amanda Trosten-Bloom, Rocky Mountain Center for Positive Change; Rebecca Teasdale, Garibay Group

Panel
10:45am - 12:00pm

From Private to Public: Understanding visitors' perceptions of pro-environmental behaviors
Jennifer Rigney, Monterey Bay Aquarium; Nadya Bennett, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium; Erin Cote, University of Washington Museology Program; Maia Werner-Avidon, MWA Insights

Panel
10:45am - 12:00pm


Come Together! Successes and Challenges of Building and Sustaining Networks

Nicole Reed, Woodland Park Zoo; Kari Nelson, Thanksgiving Point; Claire Thoma Emmons, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis; Nick Visscher, Denver Zoo; Alexander Lussenhop, Museum of Science, Boston

Panel
10:45am - 12:00pm


Listen up! Kids' STEM-focused podcasts as promising family learning experiences

Amy Grack Nelson, Scot Van Cleave, and Juan Dominguez, Science Museum of Minnesota; Molly Bloom, Minnesota Public Radio

Panel
10:45am - 12:00pm

 
Evaluation as a Catalyst for Equity
Cecilia Garibay, Garibay Group

Panel
10:45am - 12:00pm

Social Learning in exhibitions - Mind Your Brain! exhibition
Kati Tyystjarvi and Heidi Rosenstram, Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre; Marilla Kortesalmi and Kari Halme, Laurea University of Applied Sciences  

Paper
10:45am - 12:00pm

Building Capacity for Cultural Responsiveness in the Visitor Studies field
Jill Stein, JKS Consulting; Evelyn Christian Ronning, Science Museum of Minnesota

Working Group
1:45pm - 3:00pm


Comparing Evaluation Methods From Midwest to Middle of the Ocean

Erin Tate, Saint Louis Zoo

Panel
1:45pm - 3:00pm 

Becoming Renaissance Evaluators: The Expanding Role of Evaluation Beyond Galleries
Stephen Ashton, PhD, Thanksgiving Point; Megan Goeke, Science Museum of Minnesota; Rita Deedrick, COSI; Sarah May, Museum of Science, Boston

Panel
1:45pm - 3:00pm

Unplugged and Plugged Computational Thinking for Children: Research and Practice
Monica Cardella and Hoda Ehsan, Purdue University; Philip Cardella, Imagination Station

Hands-On Workshop
1:45pm - 3:00pm

Challenging Front-End Evaluation to Study Challenging Topics
Cat Scharon, The Field Museum

Paper
1:45pm - 3:00pm

Using Museums to Promote Cultural Identity Among Yemeni Students 
Marion Tate, Dr. Navaz Bhavnagri, and Marion Tate, Wayne State University

Paper
1:45pm - 3:00pm

The Great Outdoors: Visitors Studies and Evaluation in Outdoor Settings 
Kari Ross Nelson, Thanksgiving Point Institute; Michelle Mileham, Tracy Aviary; Nicole Rivera, North Central College

Panel
1:45pm - 3:00pm

Bringing New Techniques and New Staff to Museum Audience Evaluations and From Report to Reality: Developing Design Principles from Evaluation Results 
Ramee Gentry, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Hands-On Workshop
1:45pm - 3:00pm


Measuring and Aligning an Art Museum Distance Learning Program 

Erin Wilcox, RK&A

Paper
3:15pm - 4:30pm 

Cultural Organizations Breaking Barriers: Leveraging Partnerships to Create Informal Learning Opportunities for Underserved Youth in Santa Fe
Kathleen Doll, Claremont Graduate University; Mollie Parsons, Sante Fe Botanical Gardens; Shannon Bay, Georgia O'Keefe Museum

Panel
3:15pm - 4:30pm

Shared Measures for Evaluating Common Outcomes of Informal Education Experiences 
Amy Grack Nelson, Science Museum of Minnesota; Karen Peterman, Karen Peterman Consulting, Co.; Ryan Auster and Alex Lussenhop, Museum of Science, Boston

Panel
3:15pm - 4:30pm

Writing on the Wall: Centering interpretation around visitor access
Lauren Holley, Illuminated Ideas; Lauren Smedley, Lauren Smedley Design

Panel
3:15pm - 4:30pm

Science Capital in Informal Spaces: Whose Voices and Whose Capital?
Monae Verbeke

Roundtable
3:15pm - 4:30pm

Adventures in Teen Evaluation
Sara Davis, Saint Louis Science Center; Jennifer Borland, Rockman et al

Hands-On Workshop
3:15pm - 4:30pm

 

Integrating Young Museum Educators' Perspectives in Studying Visitor Experiences
ChangChia James Liu and Katherine Culp, New York Hall of Science

Paper
3:15pm - 4:30pm

How Should Museums Approach Climate Change?: Visitors' Thoughts and Perspectives
Rose Jones, Perot Museum of Nature and Science; Patience Baach, Field Museum

Roundtable
3:15pm - 4:30pm

They Came to the Garden, but What Did They Learn?
Dr. Martha Brown, RJAE Consulting; Diane Robaina, Mounts Botanical Gardens

Paper
3:15pm - 4:30pm

 

Saturday Sessions - July 13, 2019

So Where is the Magic in Museums? Spiritual Ways of Knowing
Kiersten F. Latham, Kent State University

Paper
9:45am - 11:00am

Typology: A Crystal Ball to Map Visitor Behaviours?
Karl St-Pierre, Canadian Museum of History

Paper
9:45am - 11:00am

Trails of walking, ways of talking: From observation to self-reflection
Dimitra Christidou, University of Oslo

Paper
9:45am - 11:00am

Coloring Outside the Lines: Lessons Learned from Experimental Programs
Chris Cadenhead, Pacific Science Center; Jessica Sickler, J Sickler Consulting; Ben Wiehe, MIT Museum

Panel
9:45am - 11:00am

Inside Out: Digging into the world of internal evaluation departments
Elisa Israel, Saint Louis Science Center; Stephen Ashton, PhD, Thanksgiving Point Institute; Sena Dawes, Missouri Historical Society; Amy Niedbalski, Saint Louis Zoo

Working Group
9:45am - 11:00am

Explore value of immersive technology
Imfan Hoi, Woodland Park Zoo; Kathleen Finneran, Pacific Science Center; Fran Mast, John G. Shedd Aquarium; Stefanie Mabadi, Dig In UX

Panel
9:45am - 11:00am
 

Lifelong Learning Starts Here: Prioritizing Your Own Professional Learning Opportunities
Kate Livingston, ExposeYourMuseum LLC; Michelle Maghari, Crocker Art Museum; Kirsten Ellenbogen, Great Lakes Science Center

Panel
9:45am - 11:00am  

Lenses on Learning: How study design shapes interpretation of results
Sasha Palmquist, PhD and Monae Verbeke, Institute for Learning Innovation; Eve Klein, Pacific Science Center/Institute for Learning Innovation

Panel
9:45am - 11:00am

Engaging with Community and Youth Advisory Boards
Ardice Hartry, The Lawrence Hall of Science

Roundtable
11:15am - 12:30pm

Multiple definitions of success for makerspace evaluations
Rebecca Teasdale, Garibay Group

Paper
11:15am - 12:30pm

Design-based research that integrates researcher and practitioner ways of knowing
Rae Ostman, Arizona State University; Marta Beyer, Museum of Science; Marcie Benne and Chris Cardiel, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Panel
11:15am - 12:30pm

Evaluation for Equity, Access, and Inclusion: the Evaluator's Role in Empowering the Visitor
Jessica Brown, Tracey Williams, Delisha Upshaw, and Jennifer Evans, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 

Roundtable
11:15am - 12:30pm

Interested and Engaged: Understanding and Measuring Constructs in Informal STEM Learning and Science Communication
Melissa Ballard and Jamie Bell, Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE); John Besley, Michigan State University; Kelly Reidinger, Oregon State University 

Panel
11:15am - 12:30pm

Complex Collaboration: Lessons from a Longitudinal Evaluation involving Multiple Stakeholders
Ashlan Falletta-Cowden, Falletta-Cowden Consulting; Jenny Flowers, Field Museum; Michelle Rabkin, The Chicago Academy of Sciences; Eliza Bryant, Big Shoulders Fund

Panel
11:15am - 12:30pm

Observing Empathy in Museum-based Engineering Activities
ChangChia James Liu, Susan Letourneau and Dorothy Bennett, New York Hall of Science

Paper
11:15am - 12:30pm

Thinking Like an Evaluator: Capacity-Building at Two Children's Museums
Aubrey Henriksen, Creative Discovery Museum; Jessica Sickler, J. Sickler Consulting

Roundtable
11:15am - 12:30pm

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