I’ve found that a great way to keep up with what other professionals are doing in the eLearning field is to attend networking events.
The MeetUp platform provides an easy way to find groups of people who get together to discuss things like eLearning technology and the theory and practice of eLearning. Note there are far more online members than actual attendees who show up at the meetings.
Vancouver eLearning Meetup
The Vancouver eLearning Meetup has been a bit quiet lately, but I’ve attended a number of very interesting and informative events put on by this group in recent years. The focus tends to be on eLearning technology, the tools and techniques used to create and present content. However, presentations can also delve into other topics. For example we’ve had discussions on:
- recommendations for hardware and software to set up a low-cost home studio for creating audio and video presentations
- Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, What is their Place in Learning?
More topics are listed at https://www.meetup.com/Vancouver-eLearning-Meetup/events/past/
The group has public Slack channel at http://elearningvan.slack.com/ . The members are very generous with their advice on any topic related to eLearning.
Futures of Learning Meetup
Other than to say that this group is very professional, and tends to concentrate on eLearning practice and the theory behind it, I’ll let this group speak for itself:
“This is a group for all of you who live and breathe at the intersection of education and technology. Whether you are based in a university, a startup, a nonprofit, a private school, a corporate training program, a coding school, if you’re interested exploring the future of education and meeting others who will inspire it, then join us!”
The Futures of Learning group also has a Slack Channel – https://futures-of-learning.slack.com
Vancouver Articulate Users’ Group Meetup
As the name implies, the Vancouver Articulate Users’ Group deals with one particular software vendor’s technology. I’ve not been able to attend any of the meetings, but they seem to be an active group.