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Led by experts with specific knowledge and expertise in a particular topic or practice area, Workshops are in-depth, hands-on sessions designed to impart a highly focused and defined “know-how,” such as a new methodologies, updates on specific content or practice areas, introductions to new techniques, or refreshers on one or more skill sets. Workshops are optional sessions and run between 90 and 120 minutes. Attendees must sign up for their workshop of choice when registering and pay an additional fee to participate. Workshops are $150 each.

Advanced Registration Required!

  • Workshops are optional and must be purchased in addition to the conference registration. 
  • Workshop Fee: $150 per workshop.
  • Space is limited so make sure you make your selection early.

Workshop 1: Design Sprints as Radical Collaboration Tools:
Running Design Sprints to Build Responsive, Adaptive, and Collaborative Teams

Design Sprints are multi-step working sessions that bring together team members to explore problems and validate ideas through user research and rapid prototyping. Design Sprints require radical collaboration among participants; team members must work rapidly while being adaptive and responsive to each other’s needs as well as those of users and audiences. In this workshop, we will introduce participants to the Design Sprint framework, moving quickly from problem definition to prototype planning. Design Sprints combine empathy and creativity to solve human-centered problems through a collaborative lens, and in this fun and high-energy workshop, we’ll take you through a hands-on Sprint and give you tools and resources to bring Sprints back to your own team.

Who's leading this workshop?

  • Dana Mitroff-Silvers - Designing Insights LLC
  • Ahree Lee - User Experience Strategist

What will you learn?

  • Identify the key phases and mindsets of Design Sprints
  • Build empathy for the needs of colleagues, stakeholders, visitors, and users
  • Conduct solo and group ideation activities to generate divergent ideas
  • Apply time-boxing and voting techniques to arrive at collaborative decisions 

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is appropriate for participants who have little to no experience with Design Sprints. Participants who have some familiarity with the process and some basic knowledge will find value. This session is not geared to experts.

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019 - 12:30pm-2:30pm PT in Sorrento

Workshop 2: Writing for the Accessible Web

Websites should be accessible to everyone on whatever device they choose, whether that be mobile phone, tablet, or screen reader. Many people think that updating the accessibility of their website requires a huge investment in rebuilding the underlying code. While this is true in some cases, many accessibility issues can be solved by training those entering content into your website. In this workshop we will go over the best practices for writing and producing accessible web content. Simple mistakes when creating lists, images, headings, and even tables can make it impossible for a screen reader to interpret a page, or for someone to navigate with a keyboard. Work on updating your content now: it’s time to make it available to everyone.

Who's leading this workshop?

  • Tim Schwartz - Digital Strategist, Alley
  • Patti Reaves - Senior UX Developer, Alley

What will you learn?

  • Author a blog post with images, links, headings, that all meet accessibility standards
  • Understand how to navigate a website with the keyboard
  • Know how to check if their content is accessible
Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019 - 12:30pm-2:30pm PT in Las Palmas/Marseilles

Workshop 3: Agency in Experience Design

Agency is an important concept in experience design, implicitly or explicitly. How do we make visitors feel that they are participants in a story? Or one step further: how do we make visitors feel empowered to act relative to topics of urgency, such as social justice? This workshop provides a practical and creative process process by which institutions can explore this question.

Who's leading this workshop?

  • Erica Dillon - Partner, Director of Production, Upswell
  • Armando Manalo - Partner, Director of Strategy, Upswell

What will you learn?

  • Be able to speak to how the concept of agency intersects with experience design and how it is relevant to one's own institutional practices
  • Be able to define different ways agency comes into play for people when they take on the role of “museum visitor” and interrogate your institution's engagement with visitors from this perspective
  • Take home strategies for defining practices that will work at your institution
  • Understand how designing for agency can be an audience development strategy

Who is this workshop for?
Intermediate to advanced practioners.

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019 - 2:45pm-4:45pm PT in Sorrento

Workshop 4: Introduction to Data Analysis in R for #MusetechRs

The goal of this workshop to teach attendees basic concepts, skills, and tools for working with data using the programming language R. This introduction to R is designed for participants with no programming experience. It will start with some basic information about R syntax, the RStudio interface and provide some examples of what museums are using R and why using reproducible workflows (i.e. coding scripts instead of Excel spreadsheets or closed drag and drop systems like Tableau) are important for cultivating data literacy and a culture of openness and transparency. It will then cover practical applications by going through 2 step-by-step exercises that explore visitor and collections datasets. These exercises will run through how to import CSV files from Github, the structure of data frames, how to add/remove rows and columns and group data, how to calculate summary statistics from a data frame, and a brief introduction to plotting. The workshop will end by sharing additional R resources.

Who's leading this workshop?
Elizabeth Bollwerk - Senior Archaeological Analyst, Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery, Thomas Jefferson Foundation

What will you learn?

  • Describe the value of open data practices and reproducible workflows
  • Recognize R syntax and variable types
  • Calculate summary statistics using R
  • Produce a basic data plot in R

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for beginners with little to no programming experience.

Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 - 10:15am-12:30pm PT in Las Palmas

Workshop 5: The Narrative Podcast: Creating Intimate Stories for Immersive Experiences

The power of the narrative podcast is in its ability to immerse the listener in an intimate story. Like the best films, a narrative podcast explores subject matter through its characters, showing the world through their experiences. In this way, a well produced story can build relevancy, intimacy, and empathy with its listeners. 

But the narrative story format can be an elusive beast. Perhaps due to our object-based collections, or perhaps driven by our need to cut text lengths and running times to their essentials, we rarely produce stories in the traditional form: characters in conflict moving through a sequence of rising actions. This workshop returns to those elemental components, along with relevancy, emotion, stakes, and reflection, to create stories with resonance and appeal.

Building on the success of the Clyfford Still Museum’s award-winning project A Daughter’s Voice, the producer invokes podcasting’s best storytellers—Ira Glass of This American Life, Alex Blumberg of Gimlet Media, Sean Rameswaram of More Perfect, Sarah Koenig of Serial—to dissect the process, reveal pro tips and techniques, and hone participants’ skills in producing great content for powerful, immersive stories.


Who's leading this workshop?
Sarah Wambold - Director of Digital Media, Clyfford Still Museum

What will you learn?

  • Shift the storytelling mindset from objects to characters
  • Use interview techniques to elicit narrative storytelling
  • Understand how to use elements like stakes, relevance, and reflection to create impactful and relevant stories
  • Feel competent using tools and equipment to capture and edit audio assets

Who is this workshop for?
This 2-hour workshop will move fast. While the tools and techniques themselves do not require any prior knowledge, it is advised that participants be comfortable working in a fast-paced, participatory mode. Come caffeinated.

Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 - 10:15am-12:15pm PT in Sorrento

Questions about workshops? Contact conference@mcn.edu.

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