We need your expertise!
The Visitor Studies Association Professional Development Committee is requesting proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with the 2014 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, VSA will think strategically about how to continually build capacity for evaluation. Capacity-building can happen at many levels, from the development of individual skills, to fostering culture and stakeholder knowledge at the institutional or geographic level, to increasing consistency within the field. Discussions of capacity-building may include reflecting on successful—and unsuccessful—past attempts, but also challenge participants to examine the present and explore areas in which the field could grow.
What might you offer?
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. Topics of particular interest are: Evaluation 101, creating a culture of evaluation within an organization, evaluation approaches, data collection methods (e.g. focus groups, observation, surveys, video), and quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Last year’s conference attendees also requested topics such as: project management, culturally competent evaluation, creative ways to communicate findings, conducting research on informal learning, evaluating interactions with objects, methods to gather data from children, and cleaning data. As always, 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 16, 2013
Questions? If you have questions or require additional information, please e-mail Amy Grack Nelson, one of the Pre Conference Workshop Co-Chairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For general questions about the Visitor Studies Association Conference 2014, visit www.visitorstudies.org, or email email@example.com.
The deadline for submission is December 16, 2013 @ 11:59pm PST.
Proposal Review Process:
· Reviewers will evaluate each proposal they receive according to the criteria listed below.
· Workshop Chairs may return or reject proposals without review if the proposals do not address all required information.
Proposal reviewers will use the following criteria to provide feedback on each proposal. A summary of strengths and weaknesses and, where appropriate, suggestions for improvements will be sent with your acceptance notification.
· Clarity of ideas: The proposal is well-written, well-organized, and easy-to-follow.
· Learning objectives: The proposal outlines useful learning objectives that are realistic within the workshop format.
· VSA Professional Development Competencies: The proposal describes how the workshop will address one or more VSA Professional Development Competencies.
· Relevance: The proposal touches on issues that are important to potential VSA conference attendees and will likely attract an audience.
· Workshop design: The proposed workshop design/curriculum uses a variety of teaching and/or learning techniques that are engaging, educational and fun.
· Qualifications of workshop leader(s): The workshop leader(s) are well qualified to conduct their proposed workshop, demonstrated through their training, academic background, and/or professional experience.
· Cultural sensitivity: The workshop acknowledges and addresses diverse audiences, and is useful for professionals from a wide range of institutions.
· Ethical considerations: Where appropriate, the workshop will address ethical issues (human subjects, data collection and privacy, etc.).
· Workshop Chairs will email decision letters by January 31, 2014.