"2012 VSA Call for Workshop Proposals FINAL"
Call for Workshop Proposals 2012 Call for Workshop Proposals Knowing our past, shaping our future: what’s next for visitor studies? Raleigh, North Carolina July 24-28, 2012 Raleigh Hotel We need your expertise! The Visitor Studies Association Professional Development Committee is requesting proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with the 2012 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, pre- conference workshops will be held on Tuesday July 24 and Wednesday July 25, 2012. The details… In 2012, VSA celebrates 25 years of studying the visitor experience and informal learning supported by cultural leaders, designers, funders, and policy-makers. VSA feels this is a great opportunity to discuss how visitor studies can help envision and shape the role of museums within our increasingly diverse and complex societies. Therefore, we strongly encourage proposals: o From those that shaped VSA’s past and are charting VSA’s future; o To address ways that visitor studies can continue to be relevant to a wide range of institutions when facing the challenges of community value and low funding; o To focus on the ways that current work we are doing could be used to address the future of museums, zoos, nature centers, visitor centers, historic sites, parks, and other cultural institutions and attractions; o Share new ways we can engage visitors in conversations about contemporary social concerns that are important to them as well as the possibilities and dilemmas (challenges?) that may influence how museums may use such data. What might you offer? Suitable topics relate to the field of visitor studies and cover content such as: questionnaire design; interviewing techniques; surveying on the web; or unique qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Last year conference attendees requested topics including: dissemination strategies, reporting findings, advanced statistics, and beginner survey design. All workshops should provide participants with background information (e.g. a bibliography) and should address, where appropriate, ethical considerations and sensitivity to diverse audiences. Page 1 of 6 Workshops should also address at least two Visitor Studies Professional Competences (see page 3). 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. Deadline for Submission: December 9, 2011 Page 2 of 6 2012 Workshop Proposal Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2011 Visitor Studies Association conference. Please use this form to submit your workshop proposal. When completed, please submit your proposal as an attachment (Word format preferred) via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submission is December 9, 2011. Title of workshop Workshop duration Half day (3 hours) Maximum # (Check one) Full day (6 hours) of Flexible (i.e., Full day of instruction participants: that could be split into two half-day sessions) Audience: Experience Level Audience Check the most 101 (Beginner) Evaluator appropriate audience 301 (Advanced) Researcher type and experience 101 and 301 (i.e., If a “full day” Program/Exhibit Staff level for your workshop will be offered in two workshop. parts, OR if the workshop is appropriate for both levels) Administrator Other: Site requirements Classroom/Meeting Room (Check one) “Museum” setting (for visitor interviews, observations) Other (please specify): Equipment: A flip chart and an LCD projector are supplied free of charge. Please list additional equipment/supplies needed from VSA (costs to be absorbed by workshop leader): Have you presented this workshop in the past? If YES: Where: When: What feedback, if any, did you receive?: Page 3 of 6 VSA Professional Competencies Check at least two competencies that your workshop will address (see competency descriptions below). Competency A. Principles and Practices of Visitor Studies All professionals involved in the practice of visitor research and evaluation should be familiar with the history, terminology, past and current developments, key current and historic publications, and major contributions of the field. Visitor studies professionals should also be familiar with major areas that have relevance to visitor studies, including evaluation, educational theory, environmental design, developmental psychology, communication theory, leisure studies, and marketing research. Competency B. Principles and Practices of Informal Learning Environments All individuals who engage in visitor research and evaluation must understand the principles and practices of learning in informal environments, the characteristics that define informal learning settings, and an understanding of how learning occurs in informal settings. An understanding of the principles, practices, and processes by which these experiences are designed or created is required in order to make intelligent study interpretations and recommendations. Competency C: Knowledge of and Practices with Social Science Research and Evaluation Methods and Analysis Visitor studies professionals must not only understand but also demonstrate the appropriate practice of social science research and evaluation methods and analysis. These include: Research design; Instrument/protocol design; Measurement techniques; Sampling; Data analysis; Data interpretation; Report writing and oral communication; Human subjects research ethics; and Research design, measurement, and analysis that shows sensitivity to diversity and diversity issues. Competency D: Business Practices, Project Planning, and Resource Management Visitor studies professionals must possess appropriate skills for designing, conducting, and reporting visitor studies and evaluation research. Professionals should demonstrate their ability to conceptualize a visitor studies or evaluation research project in a context of informal learning institution management and administration (i.e., scheduling, budgeting, personnel, contracting). Competency E: Professional Commitment Visitor studies professionals should commit to the pursuit, dissemination, and critical assessment of theories, studies, activities, and approaches utilized in and relevant to visitor studies. Through conference attendance and presentations, board service, journals and publications, and other formal and informal forums of communication, visitor studies professionals should support the continued development of visitor research and evaluation. Page 4 of 6 Please be advised that contact information below will be used exactly as it is written for the conference program. Primary Contact person for proposal (name and job title/position) Institution (name and address) Telephone: Fax: Email: Brief description of workshop leader’s experience or qualifications (100 words or less): Co-presenter #1 (name and job title/position) Institution (name and address) Telephone: Fax: Email: Brief description of workshop co-presenter’s experience or qualifications (100 words or less): Co-presenter #2 (name and job title/position) Institution (name and address) Telephone: Fax: Email: Brief description of workshop co-presenter’s experience or qualifications (100 words or less): Workshop proposal submitted by: Date submitted Please provide a description of the workshop in the space below (approximately 1-2 pages) that includes: What knowledge and skills participants will gain How two or more professional development competencies will be addressed How those skills will benefit participants’ work, and How the workshops will be conducted, including an approximate timeline and structure of the workshop, activities during the workshop (what will participants do?). Page 5 of 6 Please provide a 150 word abstract for use in a Conference Program in the space below. VSA reserves the right to edit descriptions for the final program. 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 and realistic learning objectives and includes two or more 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. Embedding of workshop into the broader context: The workshop discusses multiple perspectives and provides participants with resources for further study (e.g. a literature review). 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.). Proposals should be submitted electronically to email@example.com. For questions related to the workshop submissions, contact Cheryl Kessler at Cheryl@BlueScarfConsulting.com. For general information about the Visitor Studies Association Conference 2012, visit www.visitorstudies.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Once enrollment passes the VSA minimum of 5 participants, the workshop is confirmed. Each workshop must enroll a minimum of 5 to go ahead. Workshops that have less than 5 will be cancelled. Workshops that have more than 5 will receive a minimum of $200 for a full day workshop and $100 for a half day workshop. One complimentary conference registration for full- and two-day workshops. Half-day workshop presenters receive 50% off their conference registration fees. Notification of decisions will be sent to all applicants in mid January, 2012. Page 6 of 6