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].

You Can Do This! Submitting a VSA Session Proposal
Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 4:00 - 5:00pm Eastern


Thinking about submitting a proposal for VSA 2021? You can do it!

New to the field? This webinar is for you! Experienced presenter? It's for you too! We'll walk through the proposal process - including articulating a topic, finding co-presenters, and writing a motivating narrative - and share feedback from reviewers about what makes a strong proposal.

This web chat is being offered as a FREE VSA Member Benefit.

Coronavirus Support Group for Visitor Studies Professionals
Friday, December 4, 2020, 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!)

Lightning Tool Share: The Social Distance and Civic Activism Version
Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 4:00 - 5:00pm Eastern


In 2019, we hosted a lightning tool share to help us work more effectively and efficiently. Given the challenges of 2020, this year’s lightning tool share is focused on two things:

  1. Social Distance: What tools have you found useful in helping you collect data while social distancing?  For example, are you using new technologies, implementing specific cleaning protocols, using different methodologies to help you practice social distancing?

  2. Civic Activism: What tools have you found useful in helping you engage in civic activism through visitor studies?  For example, are you asking different questions, engaging audiences in different ways, presenting results to stakeholders differently?

Our hosts will kick us off with some of their own tips and resources, and then we’ll turn it over to you. Each participant is strongly encouraged to bring one thing to share, whether it’s an instrument, software, an app, a data viz technique, a trick in Excel, or anything that has helped you in your work as related to social distancing and civic activism. 

Participants will be asked to briefly describe their tool and take a few questions before it’s on to the next one. By the end of the hour, everyone should have a wealth of new ideas and an expanded toolkit. A complete list of resources shared will be sent out to participants following the chat. To keep the conversation flowing we will not enable screen sharing during the chat. Instead, feel free to bring links that can be quickly pasted in the chat box so that participants can explore the tools on their own while you talk.

This VSA web chat is hosted by VSA’s Professional Development Work Group and is free for members and open to the public. We aim to facilitate discussions around important topics in visitor studies in a casual setting. If you would like to make suggestions for future web chat topics please contact [email protected]. For technical assistance, please contact [email protected]

This web chat is being offered as a FREE VSA Member Benefit ($5 for non-members).