Educators had the opportunity to see how the elements of CRISPA can be applied to an informal learning environment - the Denver Zoo! Marley Steele-Inama, Audience Research & Evaluation Manager, allowed participants to explore the zoo while keeping in mind the elements of CRISPA. Marley gave educators an inside look at how exhibits were designed to actively engage guests, encourage greater perceptivity, and build connections through experiences with the animals and environment throughout the zoo. These experiences allowed educators to see how CRISPA can be applied to an informal learning environment to enrich these unique learning opportunities.
7/3/2014 05:30:40 am
As a student in this Foundations Aesthetics course, seeing CRISPA in action at the zoo was so powerful. The Denver Zoo does an excellent job of creating a cultural experience around their exhibits. We visited the Toyota Elephant Passage which made us all feel like we were stepping into a Southeast Asian village. Sights, sounds, and smells around us truly engaged our senses. Our imaginations were sparked by the environment around us, causing us to visualize elephants in our imaginary village.
7/3/2014 05:31:11 am
What a great field trip to the zoo! I was initially unsure how elements of aesthetics could be used to filter a zoo experience. By the end of the day, I began to understand how making connects, risk taking, imagination, sensory input, PERCEPTIVITY, and active engagement are actually integral components of almost any informal learning situation.
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