Upcoming Topics

VSA offers opportunities for professionals and students to further hone their skills through webinars, web chats, book clubs, and virtual networking. Virtual learning offerings address a variety of topics in our field and provide helpful resources and strategies relevant to a wide range of practitioners. These offerings provide opportunities for audience engagement, and provide time for participants to ask questions. Members of VSA receive discounted registration to these events, so consider joining!

If you have ideas or suggestions for future PD events, please let us know at [email protected].

VSA Fun Fridays: Game & Greet
Friday October 30, 2020 at 6:00 - 7:00 pm EDT (5:00 - 6:00 pm CDT; 4:00 - 5:00 pm MDT; 3:00 - 4:00 pm PDT)


What? VSA is hosting a very scary networking event to keep members of the VSA community connected virtually! After our first event in August, we're excited to announce our second event coming up on Friday, October 30th - just in time for spooky season!
When? Friday October 30, 2020
Where? Virtual via Zoom (a link will be provided upon registration)
What do you need?  1) Computer with an internet connection 2) A second internet-connected device is helpful but optional (e.g., smart phone or iPad).
Details: On Friday, October 30th, 2020 VSA will host the second of the 2020 Virtual Networking Series. To get us in the spooky spirit, the October networking event will start off with a couple quick rounds of Drawful 2 (no artist experience or advanced set-up required!). Due to the nature of game play, we would appreciate prompt attendance at 6pm ET, but late arrivals will still be able to join in the fun! After the game, we'll spend the remainder of the hour checking in and catching up. Feel free to costume up or join with your favorite fall beverage! See you there!

More details about the agenda and game rules

Coronavirus Support Group for Visitor Studies Professionals
Friday, November 6, 2020, at 2:00-2:30 pm Eastern


Join us to talk about some of the challenges we continue to face as professionals and potential strategies for overcoming these.

Our goals are to:

  • Connect our community so no one feels alone
  • Surface challenges and brainstorm solutions together 
  • Think about opportunities this unusual time may afford us (be optimistic and get creative!)

Witnessing Visitor Experience: First Person Video Technology for Museum Research
Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 5:00 pm Eastern


In recent years, numerous research teams have experimented with using video research methodologies to understand visitor experiences in museum settings. Bringing together researchers with recent publications in this area, this webinar will focus on how these researchers used video technology in innovative ways to record minute visitor experiences and the major benefits and limitations of video-based data sets. Our hope is this webinar will inspire others to consider video methodologies for their own visitor research interests.

Our presenters are:

  • Alice Anderson - Minneapolis Institute of Art
    Used wearable Go Pros to record maker activities on a museum floor from the child's view.
  • Dr. Michael Garbutt - University of New South Wales
    Captured visitor gaze with Mobile Eye Tracking technology in an art exhibition.
  • Dr. Ben Rydal Shapiro - Georgia State University
    Utilizes video to capture the collaborative and geographic nature of learning in museums