I love taking MOOC. These online classes offer me the opportunity to learn from university and museum faculty from all over the world. And I can do it from my desk which means that I can sit here and knit while watching lectures. (It drives my husband nuts but I really do focus better if my hands are busy.) I take the majority of my classes through Coursera.org. They frequently offer a paid version for those who want college credit but since I’m doing it for fun, I also do it for free.
I have to admit that I’ve never taken advantage of a webinar although I can see the benefits. Webinars offer similar content to a conference without the travel expenses. They also tend to be much more affordable.
Although Society of Chldren’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) regions offer a variety of webinars, you have to go to each regions site to see what they have to offer. With roughly 80 regions worldwide, that’s a lot of sites to look through to find events.
Fortunately one region, Nevada SCBWI is cataloging this content so that we can review it all in one place. Just go to their webinars page and see who is offering what. I have to say that the nonfiction webinar and the one on picture book dummies both look really interesting!
When you are looking at these listings, be sure to pay attention to the time zones. You don’t want to sign up for something at 6:00 pm Pacific if you will be putting the kids to bed. And also remember that you will need to direct your questions to the region offering the event vs contacting the Nevada Region.
Take a look at what’s available and maybe I’ll “see” you there!