Virtual Visit Preparation
This page provides you with specific steps to follow if you are ready to request a virtual visit. It also helps you know what to expect during your visit. In addition to reading this page carefully before your virtual visit, please also consult the general overview on the 2021 Virtual Visits page.
Group coordinators can view available dates by visiting Scheduled Field Trips for the online calendar. All groups are required to complete the online registration form. Please keep in mind that we can only facilitate one virtual visit per day. For K-8 virtual visits, please call the WSU Pullman Field Trips Program at 509-335-4821 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions.
For high school virtual visits, contact Syndi Jacobson in the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at 509-335-6215 or email@example.com
Before Your Virtual Visit (Available After March 15, 2021)
1. View available field trip dates and complete the online registration form.
2. Choose an exhibition on which your class would like to focus. Options are listed on the 2021 Virtual Visits page. Have your class spend time engaging the exhibition using the provided virtual assets before your scheduled visit date to get the most out of your experience.
3. Email the museum’s education coordinator, Kristin Becker (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a brief description of your class, its area of study and focus, number of students, and the grade level or age group. Also, provide an explanation of how your class will be using technology: For example, will every student be zooming in on a separate computer with their video turned on? Or will you be zooming in from a single classroom?
4. Make sure your students know what is expected of them on Zoom during their virtual visit (see Zoom Best Practices section below).
5. Make sure your students have paper and writing/drawing implements (pencil, pen, markers, or crayons) on hand for the virtual visit.
Zoom Best Practices
1. Make sure you have access to a reliable internet connection.
2. Keep yourself muted unless called on.
3. Keep your video on for a better level of engagement, unless this slows down your computer or your connection.
4. Use the chat function in zoom for comments and questions, but keep in mind there might not be time to address all questions and comments.
During Your Virtual Visit
Your visit will be led by a museum staff member and may also include participation from WSU students enrolled in our Museum Procedures course. The individual guiding your visit may or may not be in the museum galleries, depending on availability and current COVID-19 restrictions, but your visit leader will be ready to engage your class regarding the exhibition you have chosen with questions, discussion, activities and images. He or she will remind your class about Zoom Best Practices at the beginning of the visit.
Please remember you should have your class spend time engaging your chosen exhibition using the provided virtual assets before your scheduled visit date to get the most out of your experience. Virtual assets are listed with each exhibition option on the 2021 Virtual Tours page. Many of the exhibitions include video as a primary asset, and these will be best watched before you are in a live zoom session.
Your visit leader will do his or her best to engage your class based on the topics you are studying, and on the age group of the students. Remember to let us know about the specifics of your class ahead of time by emailing email@example.com (see Before Your Virtual Visit section above).
After Your Virtual Visit
We are so glad you visited us virtually in Spring 2021! The exhibition materials you accessed on the 2021 Virtual Visits will remain available to you throughout Spring 2021, so you can follow-up with your students and use them again as needed throughout the semester. (After Spring 2021…)
Please let us know how we did! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with feedback about your visit, as well as questions.
Please consider coming back in the future. We hope to be providing in-person tours and offering the Buy a Bus program again in the 2021-22 school year.