The Visitor Studies Association Professional Development Committee is requesting proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with the 2015 annual conference. We seek workshop leaders from a broad range of fields to present half-day or full-day sessions that are lively, interactive, and offer participants the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills in studying or enhancing the experiences of visitors in a wide range of institutions.
This year's conference theme, “Taking Action for Improvement, Growth, and Social Change” emphasizes the ways in which we can take action through our work. VSA is dedicated to meeting the growing demand for the tools and the inspiration to better understand informal learning, as well as best practice strategies for how to attract, educate, and serve diverse audiences. To take action, we need to develop ourselves as creative and dynamic leaders, as individuals and within institutions and organizations dedicated to supporting informal learning opportunities; this is the key to fulfilling our potential for public service.
We encourage workshop proposals that explore different facets of building the capacity of professionals in the visitor studies field, specifically in relation to the VSA Professional Competencies. Participants in the 2014 VSA conference workshops showed enthusiasm for workshops that were structured to be participatory, focused on group dialogue, and emphasized concrete skills or resources. These participants often requested future workshops in evaluation and research study design, data analysis and statistics, and working with technology. Other topics of interest from previous workshop attendees include: culturally competent evaluation, project management, evaluation basics (for non-evaluators), reporting and communicating findings, data visualization, exhibit evaluation, evaluation for marketing/development, literature reviews and research, and evaluating with young children and families. Workshop proposals not directly related to the conference theme are also welcome.
Please consider offering half-day workshops, or structure full-day workshops into two half-day workshops, one with a “101” beginner focus and the other with an intermediate/advanced “301” focus. Splitting workshop topics into beginners and intermediate/advanced will widen your workshop’s appeal by allowing professionals to attend the entire day or chose the half that is most appropriate to their skill level and needs.
Workshop leaders will receive:
- 50% of their workshop’s registration income (less expenses) up to $800 for a full day workshop and $400 for a half-day workshop. Each workshop must enroll a minimum of 5 to go ahead. Once enrollment passes the VSA minimum of 5 participants, the workshop is confirmed. Workshops that have fewer than 5 people will be cancelled.
- One complimentary conference registration for full day workshops. Half-day workshop presenters receive 50% off their conference registration fees.
Deadline for Submission: Monday, December 15, 2014
Fill out the online form here: www.surveymonkey.com/s/VSAWorkshops2015
Questions? If you have questions or require additional information, please e-mail the VSA Conference Workshop Co-Chairs, Amy Grack Nelson or Julia Miller. For general questions about the Visitor Studies Association Conference 2015, visit www.visitorstudies.org, or email VSA.
For details about what to include in your submission as well as how the proposals will be rated, please download the complete Call for Workshop Proposals.