1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Pandemic Programming:
Where Community Meets Innovation

Two Case Studies in Museum Education, Locally and Abroad

Heather Gotlib, Manager of Youth and Family Programs, Frazier History Museum
Lisa Kaiser, School Programmer, Royal Alberta Museum  
Tori Pudde, Museum Educator, Royal Alberta Museum

About the Session 

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Image Credit: Frazier History Museum.

In the face of the worst global pandemic in one hundred years, many museums have pivoted to face the challenges of losing a traditional audience. For museum educators, this means delivering content and fulfilling your mission when school groups cannot be in the building. The Frazier History Museum, located in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, became a hub for students needing assistance with online learning for the Fall 2020 semester.

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Image Credit: Royal Alberta Museum.

The Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton created the Virtual Human Library, connecting students with subject matter experts to serve even its youngest audiences virtually. In this session, presenters will explore what these two sites have learned and how those lessons can be applied widely across provincial and national borders.

Questions to Consider

  • How can a museum become a learning hub for non-traditional instruction?
  • Why is it important for museums and museum education staff to meet the moment in this way?


About the Speakers


Heather Gotlib
she / her

Heather Gotlib is a public historian with a background in non-profit management and has worked in informal education since 2016. When the pandemic shut the Frazier History Museum's doors in March 2020, the museum's team created the Frazier Virtual Magazine and the Coronavirus Capsule to document, educate, and entertain in a new way. Her work in storytelling, virtual education, and local history has been featured in The Past and the Curious podcast, in virtual sessions with the New York City Museum Educators Roundtable, and many local outlets across Kentucky.



Lisa Kaiser
she / her

Lisa Kaiser has spent over 10 years working with students from the elementary to post-secondary age range. As a School Programmer, she uses learning pedagogy, accessibility best practice, and humour to create and deliver strong educational programs. Her goal is to incorporate a balance of heritage concepts, natural and human history connections, as well as outcomes from the Alberta curriculum to engage learners. Lisa is a graduate of the University of Alberta, holding a Bachelor of Secondary Education degree, and is currently pursuing a graduate diploma in Heritage Resource Management from Athabasca University.



Tori Pudde
she / her

Tori Pudde is a museum educator who is passionate about engaging young children in play-based learning in museums, as well as evidence-informed program development through museum visitor research. She has worked in museum education and interpretation for 12 years at a variety of art galleries, heritage sites, and museums in Alberta and Washington, DC. Tori holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture from the University of Alberta, as well as a Master of Museum Education from the University of British Columbia.





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