Our webinars are free of charge and everyone is welcome to join in. We invite international museum experts to give talks about current museum topics, challenges and approaches.
Join us for a conversation with Dr. John Falk and Judith Koke about the role museums play in the community’s well-being. Long focused on learning, this conversation will explore the other ways museums can build relevance and relationships with the different communities they serve, particularly if they begin by asking those communities what it is that would support their ability to thrive and prosper.
Please note that the webinar is limited to 200 participants on a first come, first serve basis.
Dr. John Falk is Director of the Institute for Learning Innovation and Emeritus Sea Grant Professor of Free-Choice Learning at Oregon State University. He is a leading expert on free-choice learning; the learning that occurs when people have significant choice and control over the what, where and when of their learning. Dr. Falk’s current research focuses on understanding the identity/self-related reasons people utilize free-choice learning settings during their leisure time; studying the community impacts of museums, libraries, zoos and aquariums and helping cultural institutions re-think their educational positioning in the 21st century. His awards include the NARST: A worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research Distinguished Career Award ( 2016); Oregon State University, University Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Award for Excellence, Innovation-Partnerships Award (2016).
Judith Koke is a dynamic leader in the free-choice learning ecosystem, with a strong track record of creating organizational change through the integration of visitor research into evidence-based decision-making. Over her career, Judith has served in a wide range of leadership roles; in all of these, she has challenged museums to broaden and deepen their relationships with diverse audiences. Her career combines audience and learning research with museum leadership, and she has been invited to work with numerous museum boards to build a better understanding of the changing role of museums today. Judith has published extensively and taught in numerous graduate programs. Her passion for lifelong learning is currently being channeled into researching museum inclusion for individuals with ASD and developing the next generation of truly effective professional learning opportunities.