I would like to offer some professional development opportunities to my staff (preferably onsite in Denver, CO but open to virtual) on technology topics like web accessibility, user experience/testing and/or the future of eLearning. Does anyone have recommendations or experience with good providers of this kind of education/training for the non-profit sector? Thanks!
Good questions. In terms of in-person stuff I am not sure of the Denver area specifically. There is a very active Tech Club that that might have some good stuff or likely could be helpful in find more resources for the in-person events.
In terms of online stuff there are a few options out there for sure. Here at NTEN we are just now starting to launch our new Training Events but not quite with the specific focus you are looking for. In terms of those topics we usually have a few end up in the agenda for the NTC that will be happening in D.C. next March.
Although not nonprofit specific there are a few events around these topics through the E-Learning Guild. The free events can feel very "lead generation" focused but their other paid training events are pretty good.
Hopefully that gets you something :-)
Thanks for mentioning the Denver Tech Club! I'm going to be in Denver only July 19 -20 for non-business reasons, but have the night of the 20th available. I went to their website and found that they are hosting their only July event on the 20th, and signed up! So excited to go to a different Tech Club and meet new people!
If there's anyone from Denver on this thread, I'd love to connect ahead of time. I'll be attending the July 20th crowdfunding event.
Props for sharing all the good of this community -- and thank you for doing so.
For webinars, you might want to consider following some web development agencies on Twitter to hear about webinars they conduct on a variety of topics. They use them for lead generation, but they are often conducted by experts with a great deal of experience in the topic area. Generally, they are free.
That's not an exhaustive list at all. Also in the podcast world 5x5 has some great material - I wouldn't necessarily call it professional development, but you could build some good discussions around some of the content.
It looks like Annette's organization's website doesn't use WordPress, but for those that do, I would recommend people attend in-person WordPress meetups and once-a-year WordCamp conferences if possible. They are in cities throughout the world!
Here's an article with details I wrote a few months ago:
$20 Full-day WordPress Professional Development! | Nonprofit WP
I've attended and spoken at many of these in Seattle and know that nonprofit staff often learn some important skills and ideas while also strengthening their connections to potential volunteers, consultants, and agencies.
Just wanted to call out my shear nerdy delight at seeing Adam's well executed use of a <self promo> tag.
Useful + techie + funny = Good Stuff
Thanks everyone for the great feedback. I'm a first time poster here and I guess I'm hooked! Thanks again!